Why LVT is Used to Increase Home Resale Values

If you sit inside the Curbio office for a day, you’ll probably here, “LVT” said at least 100 times, and if you’re not on top of home design trends, then you may be wondering “Why LVT?”—or maybe even, “What is LVT?”

LVT stands for Luxury Vinyl Tile, and it’s a waterproof flooring material. A lot of people use laminate in spaces like kitchens and bathrooms where water may be a concern, but laminate isn’t actually waterproof. If water sits on it, the material will swell and you’ll need to replace it. While LVT is a little higher end than laminate, it looks much more modern and is better able to stand the test of time…and water.

Luxury vinyl tile and luxury vinyl plank are both common materials used in renovations and new construction and are both waterproof. The tile is made to look like, well, tile and comes in a number of colors. The tile is glued down rather than snapped together on top of the existing floor like LVP. The planks are generally made to look like hardwood. Because they snap together, they exist more as a “floating floor” on top of the ground beneath it.

Luxury Vinyl is a Modern Option

We take on a lot of kitchen and bathroom renovations, which means we’re able to quickly source and install LVT and LVP. Once installed, the flooring gives homes a much more clean and modern look that current home buyers are looking for. The flooring also adds some durability to the home because the materials can stand up to more elements than other, cheaper options. Durability and easy maintenance are key concerns for home buyers, especially millennials who now make up about 40% of the home buying population.

Both LVT and LVP are commonly used Curbio materials because they look great and are easy to maintain, which are two of the main qualifiers for Curbio’s curated selection of materials.

When Not to Use Luxury Vinyl

Its durability and water resistance makes it a great material for kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and rental properties, but we don’t always choose luxury vinyl for our properties. While the material is durable and stands up to water well, it’s softer than hardwood and tile. Because of this, tile and hardwood floors are sometimes worth the investment in higher-end homes.