About Luxury Vinyl Flooring
Luxury vinyl flooring has quickly become one of the most popular flooring options in residential and commercial settings. Why? Luxury vinyl flooring combines the natural looks of wood and stone with premium performance. So, no matter your design preferences or durability requirements, there's a perfect luxury vinyl floor for you.
Luxury vinyl, which is often referred to simply as LVT flooring, is super-stylish and ultra-durable because of its special construction. Unlike hardwood and stone, luxury vinyl features a synthetic construction, which means that it is almost entirely made from durable materials. With this construction, luxury vinyl will resist surface scratches and scuffs, and it also can handle spills and stains. At the same time, luxury vinyl planks and tiles are reinforced with additional support layers, so they will rarely, if ever, crack, chip, or break.
How Is Luxury Vinyl Made?
Luxury vinyl flooring, unlike hardwood and tile, has a synthentic construction. In fact, vinyl planks and vinyl tiles are made from different layers that are fused together. The top layer is called the wear layer, and it resists virtually all scratches, scuffs, and other surface blemishes. The wear layer also can handle moisture and dirt, so any spills can be wiped from the surface without long-term consequences. Underneath the wear layer is the design layer, which includes a high-definition wood or stone visual. Luxury vinyl therefore looks exactly like real wood or stone.
Most luxury vinyl floors feature additional support layers that are often referred to as core and base layers. These support layers provide extra strength and stability to the planks and tiles, so they are unlikely to expand, contract, chip, and crack, regardless of environmental factors.
Because of its special construction, luxury vinyl flooring combines the natural looks of real wood and stone with premium performance. It is more wear resistant and moisture resistant than wood and tile, and it remains more comfortable underfoot and easier to maintain.
Types of Luxury Vinyl Flooring
There are a few different types of luxury vinyl flooring options, including vinyl tile flooring and vinyl plank flooring. Vinyl tile is a alternative to ceramic and porcelain tile, while vinyl plank is an alternative to hardwood and laminate. Sheet vinyl flooring is more traditional option that is noted for its installation versatility, but it is not as popular as vinyl tile and vinyl plank.
Is Luxury Vinyl Flooring Waterproof?
We mentioned before that luxury vinyl flooring can resist moisture, but is it waterproof? For the most part, all luxury vinyl floors are considered moisture resistant, but there are some luxury vinyl options that are considered waterproof. WPC (wood-plastic composite) flooring, for example, is a type of luxury vinyl that is waterproof. WPC flooring has a strong waterproof core that prevents the planks and tiles from ever expanding or contracting when exposed to moisture. This core also stops moisture from ever reaching the subfloor, where is can promote the growth of mold and mildew.
Another waterproof luxury vinyl flooring option is rigid core flooring. Rigid core flooring, which is a relatively new type of luxury vinyl flooring, is super-durable, and it is considered totally waterproof because of its thick and uniform construction.
Where Can Luxury Vinyl Be Installed?
Although hardwood and stone offer natural style and luxury, they aren’t suitable for every residential setting. Hardwood, for example, isn’t the best option for areas with moisture or heavy foot traffic. Luxury vinyl, however, is suitable for pretty much any area in the home. It can withstand the foot traffic you typically see in living rooms, it is comfortable enough for bedrooms, and it can handle the moisture you’d expect in kitchens. In high-traffic or high-moisture areas like bathrooms, however, we do recommend choosing a waterproof luxury vinyl floor. Learn more about luxury vinyl flooring installation.
There are also commercial luxury vinyl floors that can handle heavy foot traffic. These floors, which are exceptionally strong and usually extra thick, are even suitable for rolling traffic.
Our Luxury Vinyl Flooring Selection
Post Road Carpet One Floor & Home is your local leader when it comes to luxury vinyl flooring. Be sure to visit our Acton showroom to learn everything there is to know about luxury vinyl. We have popular luxury vinyl brands such as COREtec Plus.
Our featured luxury vinyl flooring brands are Invincible H2O, Earthscapes, and VeroStone, all of which are Carpet One exclusives. Invincible H2O is a waterproof luxury vinyl flooring option, while Earthscapes and VeroStone are durable sheet vinyl options.
Because of advancements in digital printing technologies, luxury vinyl flooring looks exactly like real wood and stone. Some options even have authentic surface textures. For wood looks, there's vinyl plank flooring, and for stone looks, there's vinyl tile flooring. Sheet vinyl flooring is available in wood and stone designs.What Are the Different Vinyl Looks?
Unlike hardwood and stone, luxury vinyl flooring can pretty much be installed anywhere in the home. It can handle the moisture you'd expect in kitchens and bathrooms, and it can also stand up to the scratches and scuffs you normally see in living rooms. For high traffic and high moisture areas, be sure to consider waterproof luxury vinyl flooring.What is The Best Vinyl For My Room?
Since luxury vinyl flooring is so durable, it is easy to clean and maintain. Spills, for example, can be wiped from the surface of the floor without any long-term issues, and dust and dirt can be swept away whenever necessary. Also, luxury vinyl floors do not need to be finished or treated.How Do I Care for Vinyl?
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