Why you’ll want vinyl plank flooring in your home

While we’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn't love hardwood, it can be difficult, or even impossible, for some homeowners to install it. Enter luxury vinyl plank flooring (LVP), which is so realistic that even some flooring experts can’t tell it from real wood. We see it in every room in the house and in some high-end homes where once only the real thing would do. It’s also 100% waterproof, durable, easy to care for, and has an uncomplicated installation technique.

What is it, exactly?

LVP is one of the design options for luxury vinyl flooring (LVF). The vinyl is cut into strips, then mounted on boards to simulate the look of hardwood planks. Like all LVF, the images are taken with 3D photography and printed digitally. You’ll see knots, grains, and swirls.

Embossing adds depth, dimension, and textured features, such as wire-brushed, hand scraped, weathered, and distressed. All LVF follows current industry trends so that you can get gray or whitewashed floors or weathered barn door wood looks, among others. As for trends, textures are big in 2020, and these floors are also finished with matte, gloss, or high gloss colors. Add high gloss to your wood look floor, and it will look as though it came out of the design pages.

LVP is usually associated with hardwood, but some use it to mimic stone looks. Many feel the large format with fewer seams gives in the more continuous surface of a quarried slab. Others prefer it cut into square tile-sized pieces because the extra seams give it more realism. Some take it even further and use grout, which now comes in a broad color palette and is an important design tool.

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What is true LVP?

True LVP must be at least 8-mm or 9-mm thick but, for planks, you may want to go as high as 10-mm or 12-mm. You also want that clear image with textured appearances. While it’s always tempting to save money, ultra inexpensive, bargain-basement prices often cut corners so that the vinyl may be too thin or the photography subpar.

What are floating floors?

This is an installation technique that is often used with LVP. The pieces click together and hover over subfloors with no nails or adhesives needed. Subfloors need only be clean, dry, and level, but installers will sometimes have to sand and level them out, so imperfections don't show on the surface floor.

Learn why luxury vinyl flooring could be the perfect answer to your home’s needs. Either call for a mobile appointment or come to the Carpet Mart and More Flooring Center gallery in Aurora, CO. We’re a family-owned company with strong ties to the community. We work with homeowners in and around Aurora, CO, Denver, CO, Highlands Ranch, CO, Littleton, CO, Centennial, CO, Englewood, CO or Greenwood Village, CO. We would love to work with you, be sure to get your free vinyl plank flooring quote.