5 Reasons Why LVT Popularity Continues to Grow

LVT popularity is increasing due to advancements in design and technology. New sizes, formats and patterns, combined with the fact that it is easy to install and less costly to maintain over time, makes it appealing to a variety of industry verticals.

The global LVT (luxury vinyl tile) market is anticipated to rise at a considerable rate during the forecast period, between 2020 and 2023, states MarketWatch research. “In 2020, the market was growing at a steady rate and with the rising adoption of strategies by key players, the market is expected to rise over the projected horizon.”

5 Reasons for the rise of LVT popularity:

  1. The Way It’s Made

LVT products are generally made of moisture resistant PVC or virgin vinyl. Milliken Flooring Blog defines LVT as a type of hard-surface flooring, made up of several layers that are fused together during manufacturing, under heat and pressure.

LVT is made up of five distinct layers:

  1. Polyurethane coating (sometimes re-enforced with ceramic bead, silica bead or aluminum oxide) to improve durability
  2. Protective clear layer known as the ‘wear layer’
  3. Print film layer (with your chosen design)
  4. Vinyl core
  5. Vinyl backing
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Image Credit: LVT 5 layers – Milliken Floor Covering

This results in a flooring solution that is easy to install, durable and easy to clean and maintain. Typically, LVT wear layers range from 20-28 mm of thickness for commercial installation projects, with thickness selected based on requirements from low through to high foot traffic areas. (i.e. low traffic office space as opposed to building entrance areas).

  1. Affordability by Design

LVT, through technological innovation, is now available in many different finishes, including those that mimic wood and stone. Designers are offered a large array of options at more affordable price points than natural materials. Designers are also drawn to the newly available patterns, colours and variety of designs offered as application pattern technology progresses.

  1. Low Maintenance

LVT popularity has also increased as it has become a practical choice across many industries. According to FCNews research  commercial flooring executives attribute the category’s overall growth to several factors including an increase in demand from key end-use market sectors including corporate, healthcare and hospitality. Upon initial purchase, LVT is more expensive than vinyl composite tile (VCT) products, however LVT has a lower maintenance cost over time due to its built-in protective layer, offering much more comprehensive and long-lasting protection. The protective layer doesn’t need regular waxing and polishing like VCT. However, this top layer will wear over time and may need to be reapplied for heavy traffic areas.

Each organization’s LVT cleaning and maintenance requirements will vary based on traffic. Inclement weather will also affect cleaning requirements. LVT only requires regular sweeping and mopping to remove dust and dirt which is much easier for cost-conscience maintenance budgets.

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  1. Return on Investment: Durability

LVT popularity is driven also by the fact that it is protected by a clear layer which helps to maintain its appearance over long periods of time. The wear layer varies in terms of thickness. Thickness must be chosen in conjunction with the traffic area as heavy, long-term wear will affect appearance.  It will not expand and contract in humid or dry seasons and is a fraction of the price of stone or real wood. LVT is less likely to scuff, indent or scratch with regular use and wear and tear through foot traffic and furniture movement. This makes it a solid flooring investment choice for the long-term, combined with the fact that it requires very little maintenance.

  1. Acoustically Sound

Studies have shown that elevated noise levels from hard surface flooring can negatively affect the health and well-being of employees. LVT offers better acoustic properties than hard surface flooring like ceramic tile and it won’t chip or discolor.

Armstrong Flooring reports that building materials and furnishings can affect the acoustics of a building in three ways through information gathered on Acoustical Data – Impact Insulation Class (IIC):

  • Sound Absorption: They can absorb sound, lowering background noise levels and reducing reverberation within a room.
  • Airborne Sound Transmission: They can serve as acoustical insulation and reduce transmission of airborne sounds, such as voices, between rooms.
  • Impact Sound Transmission: They can serve as impact sound insulation and reduce the transmission of impact sound, such as footsteps, from one room to another below or adjacent to it.
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In healthcare, we’ve seen a trend towards installation of newer finishes like LVT over traditional ceramic. Flooring decisions in healthcare depend on how it will affect patients, safety, indoor air quality and infection control. Floor surfaces also need to be slip resistant and offer smooth transitions from one area to another for staff/patients and related equipment. Part of the reason beyond new finishes and designs, is that these technologies offer sound transmission protection. Dentists and doctors stress the need for soundproofing. Walls, ceiling and flooring materials selected need to help protect patient privacy and hinder sound travel.

Many Finishes and Manufacturers

According to Floor Focus Magazine, “…the already ascendant LVT category entered a period of relentless growth that has generated huge opportunities and lots of enthusiasm-and a $3 billion domestic market-along with a hefty dose of chaos and uncertainty.” The article further states that, “Beyond the acronyms themselves, which struggle to define the endlessly shifting product constructions, there’s the sheer diversity of products and price points; and there’s also the issue of which markets to target with which products.”

There are a number of different types of LVT products on the market. Many manufacturers offer different performance ratios from one product to another. This includes the surface of the product, to the type of backing used, in addition to thickness of the tiles. Ensure your flooring installer is knowledgeable of the differences, quality and applications that would best suit your environment, including projected wear from foot traffic/furniture, installation, and maintenance and acoustic considerations.

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Flooring Market Trends 2020 Report: Increased Growth Due Technology Advancements and Construction

The global flooring market will continue to expand due technological advancements in materials and application, coupled with the increased growth in the construction sector, according to a recently released research report.

In February, Grand View Research Inc. , headquartered in San Francisco, CA, released its global flooring market report. The report states that fuelling the global flooring market is the rising need for aesthetic interior materials in building structures, in addition to the strong growth of construction sector, especially in the emerging economies.

Commercial application dominated the market in 2019 and is anticipated to continue leading over the forecast period. Rise in construction projects for office spaces, hospitals, healthcare facilities, educational institutes, and others across the globe is likely to support the demand in the forthcoming years.

We have also witnessed these changes first hand. “Prior to the last few years, most commercial projects were straightforward functional builds,” says Doug McDonald, President of Darwin Fisher Commercial Flooring. “There wasn’t much in the way of design and many projects were similar. Today the commercial flooring market has seen a strong emergence of colour/texture palettes and a variety of applications and dimensions. More resources are now being spent on accents and textures in the design of a commercial space. There are more colours, borders and features inlayed within walls/floors in commercial projects, including non-public spaces.”

Grand View Research reports, the overall size of the global flooring market size was estimated at USD 369.26 billion in 2019 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 5.9% from 2020 to 2027.

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The report states that in U.S., the market for flooring is dominated by soft covering flooring products, such as carpets tiles and wall to wall carpets. However, consumer preferences for aesthetically improved designs, textures, and color and low maintenance and easy to install flooring options are anticipated to drive the demand for resilient materials over the forecast period.

Availability of a wide variety of customizable materials and options coupled with a wide distribution network of industry players has resulted in product reach to major construction projects, thus have supported the growth in the past few years.

GrandView Product Insights

According to Grand View past research, in 2019, soft covering flooring accounted for the revenue of USD 47.5 billion and is anticipated to accelerate at a CAGR of 4.9% over the forecast period.

Commercial flooring market trends show the following:

  • Growing demand for cushioned floors and aesthetically enhanced materials for interior decoration is likely to support the demand for carpets and broadloom floors.
  • Resilient materials are gaining traction in commercial application, such as offices, fitness centers, and hospitality buildings. However, these materials are less likely recyclable, which is expected to restrain the growth, states the report.
  • Rubber flooring is primarily used in commercial spaces. Natural and synthetic rubber floor tiles are exclusively used in fitness centers and other high-traffic spaces.
  • Ceramic and natural stone tiles are the popular choices when it comes to durability and extended life of the floor. Seamless flooring is applied in the industrial environment, wherein, a large floor area is covered with resins and concrete materials. The maintenance and installation of seamless type is less expensive as compared to its counterparts, cites the report.

Commercial Flooring Market Application Insights

Commercial application dominated the market in 2019 and is anticipated to continue leading over the forecast period. Commercial flooring trends show that increased construction across various verticals and rising demand for highly durable and cost-efficient product for use in high-traffic commercial and industrial sectors is projected to drive the growth. The research house also says that considerably driving the market for commercial flooring is the development of new hassle-free installation techniques and related products.

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For the global market industrial development in Asia Pacific with significantly increased construction spend in China and India and has majorly contributed to the establishment of new facilities and renovation of the existing ones, thus is likely to aid the demand for flooring products over the forecast period.

In North America specifically, the demand for resilient flooring stood at USD 63.4 billion and is anticipated to accelerate at a CAGR of 5.6% over the forecast period. The established construction industry here, coupled with rising demand for single-family houses is likely to provide growth opportunities for the market.

Key Commercial Flooring Market Players

For the commercial flooring trends in this report, GrandView states the prominent players in the market include Tarkett S.A.; Mohawk Industries, Inc.; Forbo Flooring; RAK Ceramics; Shaw Industries, Inc.; and Interface. These players compete based on product quality, prices, and geographical reach. They are focusing on mergers and acquisitions to enhance their portfolio and to sustain the competitive environment and enhance the product portfolio and to extend their geographical presence across the globe. Moreover, they are investing in R&D to produce recyclable and eco-friendly flooring, aggressive pricing strategies, and marketing management to compete in this market.

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Healthcare Flooring Trends: Emerging Products and the Patient Experience

Healthcare flooring trends, from dental offices to hospitals,  are shifting to newer technology due to advancements in materials, manufacturing, application and maintenance.

Low maintenance sheet and tile products are becoming popular choices in this sector —including rubber, linoleum, sheet vinyl, and vinyl (including luxury vinyl tile – LVT), as this vertical requires a multitude of elements, including sanitization for pathogen control and containment.

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Flooring decisions in healthcare depend on how it will affect patients, safety, indoor air quality and infection control.

This is especially important in operating rooms, as well as pre-op exams and post-op recovery spaces where ease of cleaning, sterilization and maintenance are required. Floor surfaces also need to be slip resistant and offer smooth transitions from one area to another for both hospital staff/patients and related equipment.

Healthcare Flooring Trends: Design Moving To A More Residential Feel

In the dental care field, there have been many changes as compared to 20 years ago. In a previous blog post we looked this sector in detail. Dentist offices are no longer cold and clinical. “Dentists are now doing everything they can to make the waiting area as comfortable as possible with a more residential feel,” said Dan Burns, President of Canadian Dental Construction, who has 30 years of experience in dental office builds and renovations. “One of the first concepts to consider before all else is the flooring. It will dictate the tone for the rest of the office as it will set the style and comfort a dentist wants for its patients.”

“From a flooring contractor’s perspective, the biggest change to date that we’ve seen is the dental office flooring moving away from linoleum or ceramic tile to LVT”, says Elizabeth Zhou, project co-ordinator at Darwin Fisher. “This includes the sterilization and lab areas that have typically been ceramic tile in the past. LVT is a better solution acoustically over tile. Plus, it’s easy to maintain and repair.”

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Dental office design moves from clinical to a more residential feel.

LVT is being installed as it offers a variety of finishes while providing protection from water damage. These materials also offer more padding for longer wear, are damage resistant, easier to clean and require very little maintenance.

“I do think there has been a move toward LVT especially as the product further develops its qualities into becoming more sound absorbent, chemical resistant and water resistant,” Rita Valente of Toronto-based Rita Valente Designs.” LVT gives you options for look along with its own benefits and characteristics. Tile of course does remain popular as well, but it is a much harder surface to work on all day.”

Healthcare Flooring Trends and Flooring Research

Grand View Research, Inc., reports the global commercial flooring market size for was valued at USD 27.06 billion in 2016.  The research house maintains that healthcare is projected to foresee volume growth at a CAGR of 6.4% from 2017 to 2025. Flooring materials are required in various floor spaces in the healthcare industry that includes corridors, medical hallways, operation theaters, clinics, and diagnostic centers. Resilient and seamless floorings are usually required in this industry to bear heavy foot traffic and rolling loads.

Healthcare commercial flooring market

Grand View Research, Inc.

The same types of trends seen in dental offices have also been emerging in the hospital environments. Here we see much more residential feel to help with patient comfort and healing, while flooring options contribute to overall design.

According to Floor Trends Magazine, “with flooring being an integrated part of a healing environment, manufacturers are developing systems of innovative solutions that can be used to encourage optimum health and wellness. And in a market that demands proven, documented performance, healthcare flooring manufacturers are learning the importance of defining their products in terms of human-centered properties and the ability to relate them to outcomes.”

The article goes on to say that Smart flooring choices not only have the potential to maximize efficiencies through faster installation and ease of maintenance, they also can improve patient satisfaction through noise reduction, cleanliness and colors and patterns that support a healing environment.

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Healthcare flooring technology is changing in terms of technology, application and the patient experience.

Healthcare Flooring Trends Driven By Patient Experience

From homogeneous sheet in the operating rooms, outpatient surgery centers and ER’s to LVT, laminate or real wood in the gift shop, c-suite offices and chapels; LVT in the corridors, waiting rooms, lobby, and sometimes in the patient rooms and nurses stations, and linoleum, heterogeneous sheet and VCT still present as well, designers today are specifying non-institutional products that resemble the home experience during functional renovations and new builds, according to Floor Trends. Safety prevention of slips and falls is also important in terms of protecting patients and workers. See our previous article on the cost of trips and falls.

Healthcare Facilities Today states that while there is a general trend in commercial building toward sustainability and green options, the decision to choose one product over another generally still comes down to cost, durability and aesthetics. In a healthcare setting, that decision is then compounded by additional concerns, such as how it affects patient care, safety, indoor air quality and infection control.