|Armstrong Alterna Athenian Travertine Honey Onyx|
Ok, I have mentioned LVT (luxury vinyl tile) before. But only briefly:
But considering how quickly this portion of the industry is growing
(especially in the Central Maryland/Greater Baltimore area from what I have seen), the performance, and the styling, I really have not talked about it enough.
|Armstrong Alterna North Terrace Terra/Clay|
What is LVT?
LVT or Luxury Vinyl Tile is, to keep it simple, halfway between ceramic and vinyl. Each tile is actually an individual tile and is made of a mix of limestone and vinyl. So, you have the heft and durability of a ceramic but with some of the give and warmth of vinyl. Armstrong’s Alterna LVT line has even been highly rated by the Consumer Reports
|Armstrong Alterna Allegheny Slate Copper Mountain|
Yes, believe it or not, the above picture is indeed vinyl. Both Mannington and Armstrong take pictures of the actual piece they are trying to emulate and then randomize those pictures in the computer. And of course, they only use naturally occurring colors so you have lots of flexibility with what you pair it with.
|Mannington Adura Cascade Rectangles Harbor Beige |
Most of the looks are going to be stone, however there are plenty of wood looks…
|Mannington Adura Distinctive Plank Heritage Buckskin|
And more abstract looks like stamped concrete and this read-like design…
|Mannington Adura Linea Graphite|
And considering the hundreds of options, you’re sure to find what you need!
Of course, the wood looks are going to come in planks of various widths but leaning to wards the 3 1/4″ wide planks and wider as is the current hardwood styling. The tiles and abstract looks are going to come mostly in 16″x16″ tiles (which you’ll be surprised at how flexible that size is regarding the size of the room it goes in), though there are an increasing amount of other sizes available such as 12″x12″, 12″x24″, 8″x16″, and 8″x8″!
With Lifetime Residential Wear Guarantees and what I’ve seen people try to do to these floors, I am willing to say that these floors require absolutely no worry.
- Stain proof – the tiles themselves are non-porous so there is nothing for stains to grab onto. (And if you decide to have them grouted, only acrylic grout is used which is almost completely non-porous itself!)
- Highly resistant to dents and scratches (and I have seen people try!)
- Guaranteed by the manufacturers not to wear out through normal traffic for as long as it is installed in your home.
- Water proof as anything comes – because of it’s non-porous nature, it cannot be damaged by a flood or leak. Worst case scenario, the tiles will have to be glued back down if the glue loosens due to sitting water.
Now, there are currently only
two manufacturers that I will personally recommend: Mannington
. There are others out there, but the performance history and customer service of those others isn’t up to my standards like Mannington’s and Armstrong’s are.
Plus, both Mannington and Armstrong are American companies! In fact, Mannington is still a family owned and managed company (in transition between the 5th or 6th generation, I believe).
But where would this be good in the home? Typically people are looking towards kitchens and bathrooms due to the higher moisture content and wear and tear (yay! I’m not the only clumsy cook!) But I have also had clients choose it for entryways, basements, family rooms, recreational rooms, and hallways. (In fact, thanks to Mannington’s new Adura Tread line, I have had someone choose to have it installed on a set of stairs!)
|Mannington Adura Dockside Pier|
So, if you have a space in your home that gets lots of traffic and oopsies, luxury vinyl tile like Mannington’s Adura and Armstrong’s Alterna would be a great option to consider (Pst! Both of those lines are currently 40% off at Mercer’s
Do you have a luxury vinyl tile in your home? What is your take on it? (I’d love to see before and after pictures!)
And, as always, if there are ANY questions, please let me know!
Ellicott City, Maryland
As always, if there are any questions (or ideas), please let me know!