Vinyl flooring has come a long way in recent years in terms of style and technology. Learn more about the benefits of this versatile flooring option from the team at Floor Coverings International Spring Branch.
What is Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring?
Luxury vinyl is a multilayered synthetic flooring that is fused together in a lamination process. It can be printed and textured to mimic nearly any hardwood or natural stone flooring, which would be referred to as luxury vinyl tile.
It is commonly compared to laminate flooring, and the two materials do share many similarities. It’s important to note, however, that luxury vinyl is a 100% plastic product, while laminate flooring is a predominately wood-based product.
Laminate flooring has been a popular option for many years as the first realistic wood-look product on the market. Luxury vinyl flooring has made great technology advancements, however, that make is a great alternative to laminate options.
Benefits of Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring
Because it’s a plastic product, luxury vinyl is basically waterproof. It’s a great option for mudrooms, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and any other area of the home that has high levels of moisture or humidity. It’s also super easy to clean and impervious to scratches and dents.
Luxury vinyl flooring is very durable and can easily last 20+ years in a home with moderate foot traffic. It is an affordable alternative to solid hardwood or natural stone, and it is quick and easy to install.
Drawbacks to Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring
With all its benefits, there are some important drawbacks to be aware of when installing luxury vinyl flooring. Like most flooring options, it is subject to fading in direct sunlight or heat. Also, like new carpet, it can release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) when first installed. Manufacturers should release emissions data on flooring products, so be sure to request that information if indoor air quality is a big concern for your family. Finally, as a plastic product, luxury vinyl flooring is not biodegradable. There are recyclable options available, however.
If you are interested in learning more about luxury vinyl plank or tile flooring, contact the team at Floor Coverings International Spring Branch. We’ll come to you with our mobile showroom so you can browse samples in the comfort of your own home!
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