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Best Type of LVT Flooring

Camel Oak Plank Vinyl Flooring Natural in a lounge with a table and chairs, a blue arm chair, two plants, a large clock on the wall and a built in book shelf

Best Type of LVT Flooring

The best type of lvt flooring is the most modern version, which is stone plastic composite (SPC). The materials used are harder wearing and more resilient compared to previous versions. As with most products each new generation is an improvement on the previous, and the same is true with lvt flooring.

If you compare stone plastic composite LVT to glue down LVT, glue down LVT planks are thinner and very flexible. A downside to this flexibility is softness which allows the flooring to become dented more easily than the hard SPC LVT version. Being more resilient to dents is a clear advantage for SPC lvt flooring.

If you compare stone plastic composite (SPC) lvt flooring to wood plastic composite lvt flooring (WPC), the SPC version comes out on top here also due to the fact that it is denser and more durable. SPC LVT is also more resilient when it comes to temperature changes, as it expands and contracts less than WPC LVT.

SPC LVT flooring is the best vinyl click flooring currently available, which also makes it the best lvt flooring for kitchen areas, the best lvt flooring for bathrooms and the best waterproof vinyl flooring for homes in general.

What thickness of LVT is best?

Whilst a thicker plank will typically be stronger than a thinner plank, ultimately providing the planks are installed on a smooth and flat subfloor and the flooring is used appropriately it shouldn’t make that much of a difference. A thicker plank may also mean a slightly thicker layer of built in underlay which could slightly increase sound insulation.

The thickness of any floor type is often dictated by the thickness of the area that the flooring is to be installed into, therefore the best thickness of LVT is the thickness that fits. Installing the incorrect thickness flooring will mean the surface level of the flooring may not fit against things like doorways and skirting boards and the flooring may need to be removed and replaced.

DFO Choice Charred Oak Herringbone Natural Oak LVT Flooring in a bedroom with light blue and white walls, a double bed, a white rug, blue bed sheets, and a washing basket

Here you can see our DFO Choice Charred Oak Herringbone SPC LVT Flooring in a dark shade of natural oak 

Does LVT really need expansion gap?

Even though LVT is less reactive to temperature changes and moisture than real wood flooring or laminate, it can still expand and contract so an expansion gap is still required.

The recommended expansion gap for standard rooms of up to 30m2 is a minimum gap of 2mm.

The recommended expansion gap for larger rooms over 30m2, rooms that receive direct sunlight, and rooms that have underfloor heating, the minimum expansion gap required is 5mm.

If you are using a professional installer they will likely know what to do with regards to expansion gaps. If you are not experienced and are installing the floor yourself, the flooring will include installation guidelines which will explain what you need to do to install the floor correctly. If flooring is not installed to the installation guidelines this can void your warranty. It is extremely important to follow the guidelines as closely as possible.

Do you need underlay under LVT?

Neither glue down LVT or click LVT flooring require separate underlay.

Glue down LVT is glued directly to the subfloor and underlay is simply not used at all.

Click LVT flooring usually has a layer of underlay built into each plank, which is partly what makes the flooring so easy to install. Additional underlay is not needed. Installing click LVT over separate additional underlay would mean the rigid core planks would not have the stable flat surface that they require and the flooring would have a high likelihood of becoming damaged.

There are some LVT brands that also sell additional separate underlay which has been specifically designed to work with the LVT product. This is not very common however.

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