Vinyl Plank / Tile

What is Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring?

Luxury vinyl plank flooring, is known as LVP (luxury vinyl Plank) and LVT (luxury vinyl Tile). also this type of resilient flooring is known as floating vinyl floor or clicking vinyl plank on the market. A luxury vinyl tile or plank is a waterproof , resilient, fashionable, easy to maintain and install. A luxury vinyl tile or plank is usually more affordable than hardwood but it still give you the wood or tile look your are looking for. Perfect option for budget projects, rental properties and residential projects.

Luxury Vinyl Plank / Tile Flooring Construction

Luxury vinyl plank / tile flooring, are made with a synthetic material that is formed by mixing and melting polyvinyl chloride resins (PVC), white pigments, calcium carbonate, plasticizers, fungicide and UV stabilizers. These compounds are combined by using heat and pressure. The vinyl compound is then added to a backing layer.

There are two types of technology to make this floating vinyl floor which are known as SPC and WPC rigid core floors which are very similar . A traditional luxury vinyl is created using 4 main layers.

1.Wear Layer – The wear layer is a transparent top coating that helps prevent against scratches, stains and fading.

2.Decorative Image – The decorative image give the appearance of the planks. It is a thin digital image that is adhered to the vinyl core.

3.Vinyl Core – The vinyl PVC material is the main component of an LVT or LVP floor. This core is flexible and 100% waterproof weather is SPC or WPC.

4.Backing Layer – This is a vinyl finishing layer that is waterproof and prevents mold and mildew.

Some pros & cons LVP / LVT Flooring

Pros:

100% waterproof material. ( install any where in your home or business)

Appearance: it offers every natural wood / tile look with digital printing technology better than ever. You can find beautiful LVT and LVP planks in a variety of looks, colors and styles. Textures are also popular with this type of flooring.

DIY Installation: You can find traditional vinyl in glue down or click lock installations. Both installations are DIY friendly, however, a click lock vinyl will be the easiest option. Traditional click lock vinyl does not require many tools or skills!

Non-Slip – Vinyl flooring is anti-static and slip resistant. It is the perfect option for bathrooms or kitchen!

Comfort – LVT and LVP flooring will be softer and more comfortable under foot than other waterproof counter parts, such as stone or porcelain tile. A thin vinyl, however, will be effected by the subfloor. If you’re installing a thin vinyl over a concrete subfloor, it will take on a harder feel than a plywood subfloor.

Affordability: Vinyl flooring is one of the most affordable flooring options on the market, especially if you’re looking for a waterproof option. Glue down vinyl floors tend to be less expensive than click lock vinyls.

Easy Maintenance and Cleaning:  LVT or LVP vinyl is very easy to maintain. Regular sweeping and occasional deep cleaning is all that is necessary.

Cons:

Dents – Vinyl is a soft material. Although this material is durable, it can dent easily under heavy objects. You should always use padding under your furniture.

Stains – Vinyl is generally stain resistant, but it is susceptible to stains when it comes in contact with some chemicals.

Fading –  Fading is very common with vinyl flooring in high sunlight areas. It is recommended to use blinds, rugs and move furniture often to avoid fading issues.

As you can see, luxury vinyl plank flooring has many advantages. A vinyl plank flooring is a great option for budget projects, rental properties, homes and businesses. When looking for a waterproof floor, do not discount vinyl flooring!

Happy shopping.