At Red Deer Carpet One we get customers every day who come in specifically looking for these products – and with good reason: Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) or Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) is durable, beautiful, and waterproof! It makes great family-friendly flooring and has very good value. It can be glued down over wood or concrete subfloors, clicked together and floated (like laminate), and even loose laid in some applications. That said we are finding that there is a lot of confusion out there about LVP. Even though we have been installing LVP for decades in the commercial sector, it is relatively new for residential applications.
It is a quickly evolving product category and new suppliers and products are arriving almost monthly. In order to help sort through the options, I’ve provided some LVP terms and definitions.
Backing: most floating LVP products come with an attached cushion to help control sound, and to make the floor more comfortable underfoot. The backings are usually cork or vinyl.
Dryback: this is an LVP or LVT that is designed to be glued down to the floor.
Floating: these LVP products are clicked together and are not attached to the subfloor at all.
Groutable: these LVT products are glued to the floor and then grouted with special acrylic grout. The result is a beautiful tile floor that is virtually indistinguishable from ceramic or porcelain tile.
Looselay: these are dryback LVP products that can be laid in smaller installations with no adhesive required.
SPC: this stands for Stone Polymer Composite, where the core of the LVP or LVT is made from a combination of limestone and vinyl.
WPC: this stands for Wood Polymer Composite, where the core of the LVP is made from a combination of wood fibers and vinyl.
If you’re new to it, the LVP flooring world can be a little confusing. But it’s totally worth a little extra time spent considering the options. These are great floors that will stand up to what life can throw at them!
-Andrew Wiebe, President, Red Deer Carpet One Floor & Home