Resilient Luxury Vinyl Flooring – Planks and Tiles

 SCHWABE Cutting Presses for Floor Covering

SCHWABE USA works closely with floor covering manufacturing companies, engineers and operational management, to meet the cutting & shearing needs associated with new material applications and innovations in the floor covering industry

Mannington Luxury Vinyl Tiles

Mannington Luxury Vinyl Tiles

For luxury vinyl flooring the manufacturing process fuses together four distinct layers:

  • a resilient vinyl backing
  • a vinyl color layer,
  • a photographic film layer,
  • and a urethane or aluminum oxide top layer.

Benefits of Luxury Vinyl Tiles / Planks Flooring

Researching luxury vinyl flooring I visited the World Floor Covering Association website www.wfca.com 

The WFCA outlines an impressive list of Features and Benefits of luxury vinyl flooring both planks and tiles, which indicates why consumers demand for this new type flooring makes it the leading growth sector in the USA flooring industry.

Luxury Vinyl Tile Flooring Features Luxury Vinyl Tile Flooring Benefits
Incredibly realistic photo replicationof natural materials (photogravure process) The look and feel of nature’s best materials at a lower cost are a reality of Luxury Vinyl Tile flooring manufacturing
Brands that offer 100% vinyl material Vinyl flooring satisfies Green building standards and earns LEED points in commercial applications.
Inherent safety features Meets requirements of commercial flammability codes, slip resistant requirements…and a menu of other safety codes
Ease of maintenance Simple damp mopping is the recommended cleaning procedure for LVT floors
Excellent selection of sizes, shapes The size options vary by manufacturer, but many styles are available in 12 x 12”, 18 x 18”, 12 x 24” sizes, and planks in standard (3 x 36” 4.5 x 36) and extra-large widths (7 or 9’ widths).
Naturally water resistant LVT floors are inherently water resistant (and fairly impervious to wet spills from above).  It’s important to install over flat, dry, approved substrates so that no water seepage occurs beneath the floor.
Scratch, stain, dent and scuff resistant Specialized wear layers (most common are 20 mil; some offer up to a 40 mil layer).  Then the floors are coated with urethane to enhance durability
Cost effective Economics factor favorably into the specification of Luxury Vinyl Tile Flooring for both commercial and residential applications, giving the look and feel of rich, natural materials at a lower cost
Exceptional durability Since most luxury vinyl tile flooring is also constructed to withstand commercial wear and tear, it’s ideal for residential high-traffic areas as well as other areas of the home.  Warranties vary by manufacturer, but it’s not unusual to see 20-25 year warranties on brand name luxury vinyl tile flooring.
More resilient than other hard surface floors Because there are multi-layers of vinyl in luxury vinyl tile flooring as well as a resilient backing as the foundation, LVT tiles and planks have more resilience underfoot.  It’s easier to stand on for long periods of time AND as an added benefit, it tends to be warmer underfoot than ceramic.
Amazing aesthetics There has been a stunning transformation in the design aesthetics of Luxury vinyl tile flooring in the last five years.  If you are linking it to “industrial” looking floors, this is where you need to throw away your misconceptions and do some research.  This may be the one biggest factor that has caused interior designers to stand up and take note of the new brand of LVT.  The realism of the total look, INCLUDING distressed wood finishes, stone and slate tactile surface textures, and even woven textiles imbedded in the wear layers, are grabbing attention.

SCHWABE SR 180 cutting press was developed specifically for cutting luxury vinyl tiles and planks, accurately and fast.

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Email : sales@freemanschwabe.com

Phone: +1 513 947 2888

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