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August 2017

Top 5 trends in LVT

As LVT continues to rise in popularity and nosedive in price, the V might as well stand for versatile. The luxurious vinyl planks and tiles have been flooring industry’s hottest trend the past three years, and barring a drastic change in design tastes, it wouldn’t be shocking for LVT to hold that title for another three. 

Creative freedom inspired by its many sizes and styles makes for wild popularity across near-any segment, be it in a school or college, high-end or fast-casual dining room and even in residential areas.

1. Realism without cost

People want realistic wood and stone looks without having to pay for actual wood and stone. Improved embossing techniques make modern LVT look more authentic than other replicas, and can create wider ranges of styles.

Registered embossing is the most sought after style for its realism. Stamped to precisely mimic the wood grain visual, a registered emboss creates a natural look and feel. Even various stone embosses, like sand, flat and slate embosses, can give the look of real stone tile.

While inspiration by nature isn’t new to restaurant design, more environments are jumping on the trend, such as healthcare, for both exquisite looks and biophilic design.

2. Wider color ranges

You’ll never walk into the forest and find a tree with bright blue bark, but blues and other primary colors are popular in educational areas.

As LVT prices continue to drop, being the cheapest won’t cut it for most projects. With more environments now looking to LVT for an affordable solution, especially those with less budget, manufacturers seek to differentiate themselves from the competition by offering larger selections of colors and styles.

Sometimes those expanded ranges have nothing to do with realism, but appeal to a sought-after need. 

3. Adhesive-free

Many flooring types have adhesive-free options available, and now LVT manufacturers are jumping in. Adhesive-free LVT results in faster installation, but it’s not just the speed that wins. If a project is concerned about VOCs or odor, ditching adhesives can alleviate such woes. With VOCs becoming huge issues in public areas, namely schools, any mission to lessen them is welcome. Learn more about the VOC epidemic in schools.

4. Size (diversity) matters

With more color combinations comes more size variations. 

Not only allowing for quicker installs with big planks, a specialized project with a custom design can be achieved through varied tile and plank sizes.

Some new and popular sizes include:
• 10" x 60"
• 7.36" x 48.3"
• 6" x 36"
• 4" x 36"
• 18" x 36"
• 12” x 24"

5. Residential use 

Originally developed for commercial use, LVT manufacturers’ constant price competition has made the resilient vinyl tiles and planks affordable enough for home applications. 

The ever-popular hardwood may be actual wood, but is not as strong as vinyl and can be twice the price. LVT’s realistic wood replication, combined with low cost, great durability and ease of maintenance, has made it a viable option for kitchens, living rooms and finished basements while hardwood remains a beautifully expensive investment.

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Posted: 8/1/2017 2:56:32 PM by Jesse Wade | with 0 comments

Luxury vinyl tile vs. hardwood flooring

Hardwood flooring has always been a staple in interior design. No other flooring tops the color, authentic texture and overall look of hardwood flooring – or so you thought…

Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT), the alternative to traditional hardwood flooring, is the hottest trend in commercial and residential flooring. But LVT isn’t just an alternative – it’s an even better solution!

LVT offers all of the great qualities of hardwood flooring that you have come to love – beautiful wood grain texture and a variety of sizes, colors and shades – but is also durable and can withstand years of use, outlasting a hardwood floor.

Altro Lavencia™ LVT has an identical look to hardwood flooring, but with the lasting durability. Engineered to withstand commercial environments, our LVT comes with product warranties of 20-year commercial and lifetime residential. Altro Lavencia LVT is manufactured with a few different wood grain techniques: registered, ticked, hand scraped, travertine and sand. These embosses work to create an authentic texture that replicates the look and feel of hardwood flooring.

Posted: 8/7/2017 5:00:19 PM by Jesse Wade | with 0 comments

Canada 150

On July 1, 1867 the British colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick united to form the Dominion of Canada. Since then, Canada has seen great changes and has grown into a country comprised of ten provinces and three territories.  

This summer marks the 150th anniversary of this union and is the perfect time to celebrate what makes communities all across Canada so unique, diverse and vibrant!  In celebration of CANADA 150, Altro have made a commemorative colour card series featuring the beauty and splendor that is modern day Canada.


Alberta - Altro color card series

Alberta is a western province of Canada. It is Canada's fourth-most populous province. Alberta and its neighbour Saskatchewan were districts of the Northwest Territories until they were established as provinces on September 1, 1905 -  Click to view full Alberta colour card << Source >>

Atlantic Canada

Atlantic  - Altro color card series

Atlantic Canada is comprised of the four provinces located on the Atlantic coast. New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland & Labrador.  Click to view full Atlantic Canada colour card << Source >>

British Columbia

British Columbia

British Columbia is the westernmost province of Canada.  It is located between the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains. British Columbia is also a component of the Pacific Northwest along with the U.S. states of Alaska, Idaho, western Montana, Oregon, and Washington state. Click to view full British Columbia colour card << Source >>



Manitoba is the longitudinal centre of Canada. It has an extreme continental climate. Because of the generally flat landscape, it is exposed to cold Arctic high-pressure air masses from the northwest during January and February and warm humid air drawn north from the Gulf of Mexico in the summer. Click to view full Manitoba colour card << Source >>


Northern Territories

Northern Territories, also named Northern Canada, or the North, is the vast northernmost region of Canada. This area is home to the territories of Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.   Click to view full Northern Territories colour card << Source >>



Ontario is Canada's most populous province accounting for nearly 40 percent of the country's population, and is the second-largest province in total area. It is home to the nation's capital city, Ottawa, and the nation's most populous city, Toronto.   Click to view full Ontario colour card << Source >>



Quebec is the second-most populous province of Canada.  It is the only one to have a predominantly French-speaking population, with French as the sole provincial official language.   Click to view full Quebec colour card << Source >>


Saskatchewan is a landlocked province  of Canada. As a result, its climate is extremely continental, rendering severe winters throughout the province. Southern areas have very warm or hot summers -- areas near the U.S. border are tied for the highest and lowest ever recorded temperatures in Canada with 45 °C (113 °F)  and −45 °C (−49 °F) respectively.    Click to view full Saskatchewan colour card << Source >>

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The informative content of this post was sourced from Wikipedia
The Canada 150 logo is the official logo from the Government of Canada
Color cards are  property of Altro USA, Inc. and Altro Canada Inc.

Posted: 8/22/2017 12:47:16 PM by Jenn Lawson | with 0 comments