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​American Hardwood as a flooring material has yet another imitator to contend with – Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT). The man-made plastic can definitely be made to imitate the look of hardwood, but here’s the reality, LVT lacks the substance and wholesome goodness that only real wood can provide. And …

Did you know that “the raw materials used in the production of LVT include polyvinyl chloride resins (PVC),” and that the Environmental Protection Agency has ruled PVC “a known carcinogen and a volatile organic compound (VOC)?”

While much has been written regarding the “red flags” of LVT - and products like it - the man-made material continues to grow in popularity because of its short-term appeal. It imitates the look of hardwood; is affordably priced, is readily available; relatively easy to install, and durable.

But look beyond LVT’s ‘at-present’ perks and attractions, and think ‘long-term.’

  • Will LVT last a lifetime?
  • Is it repairable?
  • What long-term harm will this off-gassing plastic cause?
  • Are the cost-savings of LVT today, worth the human health risks and negative environmental impacts of tomorrow?

Bottom Line
There are many factors to consider when choosing materials and products for our homes and offices. But what is really important? Learn more about the “Environmental Impacts of Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Building Materials,” and then compare that information with the facts about products made from American Hardwood. The ramifications are significant.


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American Hardwood Information Center

The American Hardwood Information Center (AHIC), located at, provides advice from industry experts on decorating, care and maintenance, design trends, as well as flooring, cabinetry, furniture and millwork product information and specifications, to assist with building material selection for both residential and commercial applications. Step into the world of American Hardwoods and understand why products made from this sustainable and exceptionally beautiful material have been treasured for generations.
American Hardwood Information Center
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Cerusing—also known as "liming"—is the application of white-pigmented, non-toxic wax sealers to porous wood to bring out the natural grain without changing its color. @mckinleyarchitects make expert use of the finish for this custom, cerused-oak vanity in a Connecticut bathroom. White subway wall tiles, chrome fittings and mirror frames, and oak flooring set the honey-tone cabinetry off to perfection.

Photo by Jason McGrail

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