LVT is becoming a popular choice for homeowners and building managers as an affordable alternative to hard, stone, and marble floors. It is much easier to install than wood flooring and can be laid on concrete or wooden subfloors. LVT is extremely durable and resilient, and can withstand dents, scratches, heat, as well as water damage.
What is LVT Flooring?
LVT is comprised of four layers. There are a vinyl backing layer and a vinyl core. A photographic print film layer helps to determine the appearance of the final flooring. And finally, there’s a protective clear. LVT’s ease-of-maintenance is one of its main selling points. It can be cleaned easily with dry mopping or sweeps and lasts for between 25-30 year.
Luxury vinyl’s surface is softer than other types of flooring and makes it more comfortable to walk on. It is also sound-reducing, meaning you won’t hear any clicking or clicking when you walk on it.
LVT’s greatest benefit
LVT’s resistance against water damage is probably the biggest advantage over other types. LVT is ideal for kitchens, bathrooms, and other below-grade spaces. Luxury vinyl flooring cannot be damaged by moisture and is totally water-proof.
Water Damage and LVT
LVT will not be damaged by moisture or other water as it is resistant to both. Problems with LVT after water damage are caused by subfloor damage.
Vinyl flooring can be placed by either “floating” it on top of the subfloor or gluing it down (not advised). Water may seep beneath the LVT and damage the wooden or concrete substrate. This could lead to the need for the LVT to be removed. LVT can then be taken out and professionally dried using a towel and low humidity drying conditions. The subfloor can then be reinstalled after it has been sufficiently dried.
It is vital to dry any subflooring underneath the LVT. If the wood subflooring is allowed to dry by itself, it can take weeks or even months. There will be mold risk.
Concrete is susceptible to water damage. Many people believe concrete is impervious to water damage and that it can be waterproofed. Concrete can be damaged by water. While water is an important part of concrete, its destructive effects can be devastating. Concrete’s natural pH and strength can be damaged by high humidity or temperature. Mold growth is possible due to organic material such as dust and dirt trapped between the flooring, concrete subfloor, and the flooring.
Always seek professional advice
LVT flooring is able to be dried and reinstalled even after water damage if dealt with quickly. Although water does not cause permanent damage to LVT flooring, subflooring, walls, baseboards, and wall substrates must be dried. Failure to do so will eventually result in LVT becoming damaged.