Luxury Vinyl Flooring has been around for decades but it wasn’t until the late ’80s when it really became popular. This is because it combined elements from both laminate and hardwood floors. The biggest difference is that luxury vinyl flooring has a much higher gloss finish than flooring of its type ever has before. It can also be purchased in a wide variety of colors and patterns, so you are truly getting a one-of-a-kind custom floor. Also, since luxury vinyl flooring can be installed over just about any type of surface, this is an ideal floor covering that can be used in almost any room in your home.
Luxury Vinyl Flooring is available in tile (LVT) or semi-rigid plank (LVP). The tile comes in a wide array of colors and patterns. LVP is made with a thicker plastic than most other types of luxury floor coverings. And since it is a semi-rigid design, your installer can create the look you love without the installation headaches that can come with using traditional ceramic tile flooring. Also, luxury vinyl flooring is much easier to install than ceramic tile so if you are a do-it-yourselfer, this is a better option for you.
When it comes to water-resistant qualities, luxury vinyl flooring does not compare to wood, linoleum, or ceramic tile in any way. The reason is that water resistant coatings are much harder than traditional water-resistant floor coatings. However, this water resistant element of luxury vinyl flooring wears out over time, just like any other product. In order to prolong the life of this floor covering, the best recommendation is to have it installed professionally at the time of installation. Floor installation professionals from Dunn-Rite Hardwood Floors know exactly how to care for and maintain their products to provide you with years of trouble-free flooring.
As mentioned above, wood is a popular luxury vinyl flooring option. Wood is a naturally renewable resource, however it does require special treatment to prevent damage from water, insects, and fire. Water and wood contact is a natural process that can lead to warping, splintering, swelling, and discoloration. In addition to being a somewhat costly floor covering option, wood does not hold up well to high foot traffic. If you are installing wood planks in high traffic areas of your home, you may want to consider using another material that can tolerate the wear and tear.
Linoleum is the next most popular luxury vinyl flooring choice. It is constructed of two layers of cloth or paper, then a top layer and bottom layer of plastic or composite material. The best linoleum will have three to four layers of material, as each layer provides different protection and wears differently. When laying your linoleum floor, be sure to use a rubber or felt pad under your furniture so that your new floor is level. Using a level will help your new floor last longer and perform better.
With respect to installation, luxury vinyl flooring comes in two formats: one layer and two layers. One layer will cost more than two layered, but it will also give you added protection from scratches and dents due to heavy items being dropped or struck on the floor. Two layers are the norm for standard sheet vinyl, but there are specialty installers who can install this flooring in individual rooms or entire suites of your home.