Exploring the Benefits of Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring
When it comes to flooring, durability, appearance, water resistance, and ease of cleaning are all factors that homeowners tend to weigh. Since you’re also likely to find them discussed on a list of the performance perks of luxury vinyl plank flooring, it should come as no surprise that many homeowners are interested in learning more about the benefits of luxury vinyl plank flooring.
As The Spruce explains, luxury vinyl plank flooring is a semi-rigid product that is notably thicker than standard sheet vinyl. In fact, it’s composed of multiple layers:
- A surface layer of aluminum oxide shields against scuffs and scratches.
- A secondary protective coating forms the second layer with a clear film that guards against ripping and tearing.
- The design layer showcases a photo-realistic image.
- The backing layer gives the plank its heft and stiffness; it makes up nearly 90 percent of the plank’s thickness.
The complex construction of luxury vinyl planks is a recipe for durability. While the lifespan of a floor will depend on numerous factors, including the quality of the product you choose, the skill of the installation, and the treatment and care the floor receives, luxury vinyl floors can easily last for 20 years or more.
If you’re installing a new floor, you want it to be an attractive one. Ideally, it should continue to look good for years. Plus, homeowners appreciate plenty of options. Luxury vinyl planks deliver on all those counts. With multiple manufacturers offering numerous lines, it’s easy to find an appealing product that suits your style. There are options that look like wood or stone or traditional vinyl in countless colors and finishes.
Spills and splatters can damage a wood floor. Carpeting and rugs can also be problematic in rooms like kitchens and bathrooms where regular water use requires flooring that won’t hold wetness. But when properly installed, luxury vinyl planks are waterproof, so there’s no need to worry about using them in any room. Whether it’s a utility room where wet feet are likely to track in the weather, a kitchen where sinks may spatter, a bathroom where hot showers and humidity reign, or a living room where you simply don’t want to have to panic about spills caused by kids or pets, you can rely on luxury vinyl planks.
Life is messy, and since gravity is a factor, it has a tendency to end up scattered all over the floor. That makes finding flooring that’s easy to clean and maintain a natural priority for most busy families. With luxury vinyl planks, tidying up is easy. A dust mop, broom, sweeper, or vacuum will handle the majority of the mess. If floors seem grimy or dim, a damp mopping should perk them up. While these floors are waterproof, however, never steam clean them because it could lead to damage.
The majority of luxury vinyl planks snap together to form what’s called a floating floor. That means your new floor won’t need glue or other adhesives to hold it down when installed. Instead, it will float above the subfloor or existing floor. In addition, the thickness of this type of flooring makes it more forgiving so that it can be put down over imperfect surfaces. With the density of the flooring and the natural insulation provided by the floating floor, you’ll enjoy a slightly softer, more comfortable feel underfoot.
When you’re looking for the perfect flooring for your home, Liberty Home Solutions would be happy to help you find it. As the Ozarks’ largest locally owned and operated residential remodeling company, we delight in assisting our friends and neighbors with all their housing challenges. Reach out to us today to discuss how we can help you with your next project.