Before you buy

Luxury vinyl tiles buying guide

Luxury vinyl tiles buying guide

Luxury Vinyl Tiling, or LVT, is the latest big thing in the world of hard flooring. An affordable alternative to the real thing, LVT gives you the look of genuine wood, stone or marble but without the cost.

Available in a huge choice of finishes, when it comes to luxury vinyl tiles we’ve got you covered!

What you need to know

Multiple layers make this new product durable and water resistant, as well as warm underfoot, meaning it’s suitable for any room in your home. However, due to its inflexible nature, LVT is not suitable for stairs.

What makes it so good?

Our LVT range is especially popular amongst families with young children because of its resilience to the regular spills and messy play times which come with every day family life. A simple wipe clean and your LVT is back to looking as good as new!

Its scratch resistance and tough exterior also makes it a great option for homes with pets.

“LVT is really popular with our customers who want to achieve an authemtic wood or stone look.

It looks like the real thing, but it’s more practical, easier to clean and highy durable.

I love it!”
Farran Murphy
Head of Flooring

Making your style selection

When thinking about what type of LVT you want to purchase, you should consider the room it’s for and how often that room is used.

LVT is extremely hard wearing, which is why it’s so popular, but darker colours will work best in rooms with heavy footfall and the potential for more scuffs and spills.

Feature floors using patterned or tiled-effect LVT look great in spaces like kitchens and porches, whereas plainer, brighter colours will help to make your living areas appear larger.

Click system or dry-back?

As well as being practical and durable, luxury vinyl tile flooring is easy to install.

Click system

With no need for adhesive, our click system ranges use a flexible locking method to create a floating floor.

Click system LVT can be used on top of concrete, floorboards or existing flooring s where needed. Just remember to always pair with ScS underlay, which comes with a built-in moisture barrier, for the perfect finish.

We’d recommend click system LVT for new build houses with newly laid concrete floors, due to the moisture within the floor being unsuitable for dry-back LVT.

Dry-back

We recommend that dry back ranges are installed by our ScS approved fitters. They’ll prepare your existing flooring then fix your chosen LVT securely on top to create a strong, hard-wearing floor that doesn’t move.

Fitting your luxury vinyl tiles

Once you’ve ordered your luxury vinyl tiling, we will be happy to arrange for an ScS approved fitter to come to your home to fit your flooring, at an additional cost.

All of our approved LVT fitters have been trained independently to ensure that they’re fully equipped with the correct skills to fit your new flooring.

We’d recommend you consider having your skirting boards removed ahead of having your LVT flooring fitted, in order to achieve the perfect finish. This would have to be done by a professional joiner, not an ScS flooring fitter.

To arrange for a fitter to visit your home, please give our online team a call on 0800 731 0048, or contact the ScS store where you purchased your flooring. You can find the number of the store where you placed your order at the top of your receipt, or you’ll find a list of local store numbers here.

Alternatively, you are welcome to arrange your own fitter, or fit your LVT yourself if you’re in the mood for some DIY!

Aftercare

Once you’ve chosen your LVT and it’s fitted into place, you can keep it looking fresh and bright with our handy tips. See our LVT Care Guide for aftercare advice.

Your LVT questions answered

  • How can I pay for my new Luxury Vinyl Tiling?

    At ScS, we accept all major credit and debit cards in-store and online, including Visa, Mastercard, Maestro and American Express, as well as PayPal. In-store, you can also pay with cash.

    Alternatively, take advantage of our 4 years' free credit offer, 0% APR representative offer, available on all sofa and flooring purchases over £250. Choose the 'Pay Monthly' option at the basket and one of our personal shopping advisors will then call you to walk you through the credit application and process your order.

  • When will my LVT be delivered and how much will it cost?

    As each order is tailor-made to your requirements, we’ll let you know when you should expect to receive your flooring at the point of purchase, and it will be delivered direct to your door. You can find out more information here.

    There is a £49 cost to have your LVT delivered direct to your door. This may increase if you live outside of a 30-mile radius of your nearest ScS store. Read more about delivery charges here.

  • Who will fit my new Luxury Vinyl Tiling?

    The fitting of your LVT is not included in the delivery cost, and we do not fit any flooring ourselves. However, we can arrange for an independent fitter to fit your LVT for you. If you’re buying online call our dedicated carpet & flooring team on 0800 731 0048 after you’ve placed your order, and they’ll be able to help you arrange your fitting.

    Payment should be made to your flooring fitter on the day of installation and the contract for the work is between you and the fitter. The current fitting rates for carpet are:

    Standard fitting rates:

    • Dry-back - £11 per metre
    • Click system - £11 per metre or £14 fully stuck

    You can find out more about our flooring fitting charges here.

    Please note that your LVT will need to acclimatise for a few days within the room in which it will be laid, before fitting takes place.

  • How long is my LVT guaranteed for?

    At ScS, we offer a 12-month guarantee on any parts and labour should anything go wrong when fitting your new flooring, however the product itself is guaranteed for a minimum of 10 years.

    Further information can be found in the product information when you view any of our LVT online.

  • How can I care for my new LVT?

    Buying new flooring is an investment and we understand that you want it to look good for years to come.

    For aftercare help and advice, please read our LVT care guide.