What Is LVT Flooring?

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Most homeowners have one thing in mind during a home remodel: New floors! I know I did during all of my remodeling projects! However, picking out the perfect floor for your home may be a little harder than you think. I mean, do you know all the options these days? Unfinished hardwood, engineered hardwood, solid hardwood, prefinished hardwood, porcelain tile, stone tile, ceramic tile, laminate, and WPC, just to name a few.

But, have you ever heard of LVT Flooring?

LVT or in proper terms, Luxury Vinyl Tile, is a type of flooring that has grown in popularity and style over the last 5 years. It’s very, very durable, which has made it a homeowner favorite!

What does LVT actually Mean?

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LVT is also known as LVP which stands for Luxury Vinyl Plank, or Luxury Vinyl Flooring. Both LVT and LVP can have a very real tile or wood plank looks to them without having to spend the type of money you would with real tile or real hardwood floors. And it’s not just saving on the material itself, there is a great saving to be had on the installation of the product as well.

What is LVT Flooring Made Of?

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You may ask what is LVT or LVP specifically? Well, simply put, each piece of flooring is made of various raw materials, mainly PVC Vinyl, compressed together. This is what gives it it’s intense durability. From there, a photographic vinyl film is added to make the plank or tile have the realistic look that you want in your flooring.

Why LVT Flooring Is So Popular

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LVT flooring and LVP flooring are becoming more and more popular in homes today. Basements, bathrooms, and kitchens have been the most popular areas to add LVT flooring, as both styles are typically 100% water-proof, depending on the kind you purchase. This means no more water damage, and it’s perfect for those with pets or children.

As mentioned above, LVT flooring is extremely durable and typically has a 20- year or longer residential warranty from the manufacturer, as they’ll last that long, and many times much longer! LVT flooring is often used in commercial manufacturing facilities because of its durability.

What Styles Of LVT Flooring are Available?

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Besides the obvious benefits of LVT flooring, a great feature is the wide range of looks, price points, and styles to choose from. You can find an entry-level LVT flooring for around $1.69/sf, such as our Mohawk LVT, all the way up to $6/sf Special order LVT from top brands like CoreTec Plus!

You can find light, dark, grey-washed, red-toned, and multi-colored planks. You can find skinny planks (or the look of thin planks) and wide planks, or long planks and short planks. Whatever the look is that you’re going for, there is an LVT flooring that will fit your needs.

Ready to replace your flooring and thinking about LVT? 

Visit us in-store to see our wide range of in-stock and special order LVT styles or Book a complimentary flooring consultation with our flooring specialists!

Carpet: What to Consider Before You Buy.

When you’re  shopping for carpet one of the first things most of us typically do is FEEL carpet samples. We want to imagine how this will feel to actually sink our feet into its luxurious comfort. But how much do you actually KNOW about carpet and what should you consider before making this big commitment?

The “feel”of a carpet sample is just the beginning step in your carpet search! Here we discuss some of the main things to consider when doing your research.

Do you know what your carpet is made of?

Carpet: What you should know before you buy.

There are five primary carpet fiber options you need to know and the benefits associated with each fiber type. Evaluating the area and activities where you plan to lay carpet is a good place to start and will help you narrow down the best fiber choice for your particular need. 

The Five fiber options are:

  • Triexta– Highest performing & easiest to clean; less likely to mat down
  • Nylon-High performing less, likely to mat down; diverse in style and color options.
  • Polyester– superior stain-resistance, but unfortunately doesn’t have as good durability as Nylon or Triexta.
  • Olefin– Very durable & usually inexpensive
  • Wool– Natural fiber and durable.

The Four Main Carpet Types 

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There are four main carpet types to choose from.  All have pros & cons to consider, depending on the area of your home & the look and feel you want to achieve. You might choose a different carpet type for a bedroom vs. family room.


The Four main carpet types are:

  • Textured– provides an open canvas for flexible decor.
  • Twist– Delivers a casual and stylish look
  • Loop/Berber– provide a tailored look for more formal decor.
  • Pattern– provides an upscale look for more engaging decor.

The Pad can make all the difference!

Choosing the right carpet padding for your home.

Carpet padding is just as important, if not more than the carpet you choose. Padding, or the cushion is the foundation of every carpet installation and helps to increase the lifespan and comfort of your carpet.  Padding is the real support structure for your carpet and will effect the life of your carpet holding up under constant wear & tear. Here is a great article comparing carpet padding to a bridge. The carpet=asphalt & padding=foundation. 

 The Six Main Padding types:.

  • Foam pad: Density is typically 2-5 lbs.
  • Frothed foam pad: Density should be 12+ lbs for durability.
  • Rebond pad: Density is 5-10 lbs.
  • Synthetic fiber pad: Usually rated in ounces but may be rated in pounds.
  • arrow-rightWaffle rubber pad: Go for a minimum of 64 ounces.
  • arrow-rightSlab rubber pad: Usually comes in 18-22 lbs

Most carpets call for a 7/16″ pad but that depends on the carpet fiber you choose but its important to follow the manufactures warranty pad requirements! Not doing so could forfeit your carpet warranty all together! So do your homework. If you find a carpet you are seriously considering, research it thoroughly online & from the actual carpet manufactures guide.

Never rely solely on a salesman or retailer to give you all the information needed to make an informed decision. We are not implying anyone is intentionally being dishonest. Only that, especially with major purchases, arming yourself with information is powerful & keeps you in control during the buying process. Usually with less regret!

Good luck in your search to find the perfect carpet to fit you and your family’s lifestyle. Hopefully this article helped educate on your carpet buying journey! Check out our full line of carpet options here


PRO Flooring Options: Affordable Yet Stylish

As a contractor, you want to make your customers happy. You also want to get them the best deal on products if they have a budget they want to stay within. Offering them affordable yet stylish flooring options that they love can be a great way to please your customer and get a finished product that looks great. The following flooring options are a mix of choices that can be found in a bathroom, kitchen or main space. Lets check them out!
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Our Top 5 Affordable Flooring Options

1. LVT or Luxury Vinyl Tile

LVT is by far my favorite, and possibly the hottest, of all the current flooring options. This product is beautiful, durable, easy to install, 100% waterproof and scratch resistant! This product can be used in bathrooms, kitchens, main living spaces, and anywhere in between! Pet owners love it, families with small children love it, DIYers love it as well! I actually haven’t met anyone who purchased this product who was unhappy with it. The price can get up there, depending on the brand, the size of the planks, the added features such as a cork backing which replaces underlayment, but the opening price point is $1.79/ sq. ft. which I think is an awesome deal for what you get. The technology has come so far and LVT looks just like real wood or even tile. Not only will you save your clients money on the product itself, but you’ll also save them money replacing possible damaged flooring in the future!
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2. Ceramic Basketweave Tile

Basketweave tile is very popular in flooring options right now. It has a vintage yet modern look that homeowners can’t get enough of. It’s easy to install, and the ceramic version is very affordable! While you can also find a marble version for someone wanting a bit of a more upscale look, I think the ceramic is a beautiful choice that you can’t go wrong with.
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3. Wood Look Tile

Wood look tile is another one of this years affordable flooring options that I just can’t get enough of! It gives the amazing durability of tile, with the coveted look of wood. We have distressed and modern wood looks to compliment any home style. Wood look tile starts at just $1.99 sq/ft and will last for decades. Easy to install, and works in any room of the house.
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4. Mohawk ‘Made in the USA’ Laminate

Mohawk is a made in the USA product, which is a huge selling point to many homeowners, especially after all the Lumber Liquidators issues that came out last year. We are carrying Mohawk laminate flooring starting at $1.29/sq. ft. Mohawk is a very well known and respected brand that homeowners would be happy to have in their home, and would feel safe and comfortable using. Laminate has taken a hit after last year’s Lumber Liquidator’s debacle. Many people were fearful of purchasing laminate. But you can tell them to rest assured with Mohawk. It’s durable, beautiful and safe.

5. Unfinished Hardwood Flooring

Unfinished hardwood flooring is like a blank canvas! It can be stained or finished any way that you or the homeowner chooses. We have unfinished hardwood flooring starting at just $.99/sq ft! At that price, your customers will be thrilled. We have a variety of wood species and thicknesses of planks. Make sure to mention it next time you’re speaking to someone who is on a budget about solid hardwood floors. They’ll definitly thank you for it.
Good luck on your projects this month and let us know if there is anything we can help you with! Our job is to make your job easier.

Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are one of the leading providers of hardwood flooring, LVT, wood look tile, ceramic tile and porcelain tile in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!

Written By: Allie Bloyd