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Many homeowners are drawn to the durability and overall value of vinyl flooring. This material is ideal for use in high-traffic areas and will not easily be damaged when it is exposed to light moisture
As you search for the right floor covering to install in your home, you understandably may be drawn to the exquisite natural beauty of real wood. However, as gorgeous as wood flooring is, it is not practical in many homes. It can easily be scratched, warped by water and damaged in other ways. Many people have overlooked vinyl plank flooring as an alternative to real wood floors because they perceive it to be a lower-quality option. The reality is that there have been dramatic improvements to the look and quality of luxury vinyl plank flooring, and this material is now a top option for many homeowners who are looking for the perfect combination of style, durability and resilience.
When you envision a vinyl floor covering, you may think about a single large vinyl covering that is spread over kitchens and bathrooms, and it may have a rather cheap or unstylish appearance. While this type of vinyl is still available, luxury vinyl plank flooring will transform your perception about what vinyl flooring can be. Vinyl plank flooring is sold in long strips that mimic wood slats, and each individual slat may be installed to create the look of a natural hardwood floor. Some manufacturers sell luxury vinyl tile planks, which are larger sections of vinyl plank flooring that are designed to look like several slats of hardwood planks joined together. The benefit associated with these is that they can easily and quickly be installed, saving you time and energy during the installation. If you opt to install luxury vinyl planks, understand that the length and width of the planks will also impact the installation time. Planks usually are sold in sizes between 36 and 48 inches long and 6 to 8 inches wide. Depending on the style that you buy, expect your luxury vinyl flooring to have impressive graphics that mimic the look of natural wood, and they may also have an authentic grainy or polished feel.
Regardless of whether you lay your vinyl plank flooring in kitchens and bathrooms or in other areas of the home, you understandably want it to look and feel like natural wood flooring. The size, shape and texture of the luxury vinyl planks are designed to perfectly mimic natural wood, but keep in mind that natural hardwood planks are available in a variety of finishes, colors and styles. Many different wood species may be stained various hues. They also may be hand-scraped, antiqued, distressed or finished with some other technique. Just as there are many different styles of wood lock planks, there are also many possibilities for luxury planks made out of vinyl.
In addition to not being water resistant, authentic wood flooring is also known for being very expensive. If you search diligently and are flexible about the species and style of wood floors that you purchase, you may find a reasonable deal. However, in most cases, luxury vinyl planks are more affordable to purchase than natural wood flooring. More than that, because the floor installer may install the vinyl planks more quickly and easily, the installation cost may also be more affordable in comparison to wood. If you compare luxury vinyl tile or planks to the alternative of ceramic or porcelain tile, keep in mind the materials cost is similar, but you will not have to pay for special cutting equipment, mortar, grout and more. You can see that luxury vinyl plank flooring is a cost-effective and beautiful flooring option to consider.
Before you hire a floor installer to install vinyl plank flooring in your home, consider some of these leading pros and cons associated with it. Benefits: It is easy to install, durable and water resistant. There are many attractive styles that are affordable and that mimic the look of real hardwood flooring. Some of these planks do not need to be adhered to the subfloor material. Drawbacks: Thinner vinyl flooring may lack texture and character. Because there is no subfloor material, the flooring can feel harder to walk on. Some buyers may find vinyl to be less appealing when you sell your home in the future.
As you shop around for vinyl plank flooring, pay attention to the thickness of the planks. Because this is a relatively thin material that has no subflooring, every millimeter of thickness counts. Thinner vinyl flooring is considered to be 2 millimeters or less, and it is most commonly installed in laundry rooms, rental homes and other similar areas. Thicker vinyl is essential for graining and other types of texture. It is not possible to include this type of realistic element in very thin vinyl. In addition, thicker vinyl plank flooring us more comfortable walk on and has a premium feel beneath your feet. As you shop around, ensure that you purchase thicker vinyl plank flooring. Be aware that some vinyl flooring may be labeled as premium or luxury, but it may not have the characteristics required to live up to the name. Always consider the thickness of the material rather than shopping by a label.
Compared to other types of flooring, vinyl plank flooring is very easy to install. There are two unique types of vinyl plans, and these are single and multiple-board designs. A single-board design has one plank and is much narrower than a multiple-board design. On the other hand, a typical multiple-board design may have six or eight planks connected in a single piece. As you might imagine, the single-board design may take more time to install as you are working with more pieces. However, in the case of a very small room, working with smaller boards may be easier. Many types of vinyl plank flooring are self-adhesive, but they also have a locking system to ensure a snug fit with the adjacent pieces. A tongue-groove system is most commonly associated with less expensive materials. This type of system may be difficult to work with as breakage of the tongue component is common. The superior type of locking system is a click-lock design. Some homeowners hire a professional installer for vinyl plank flooring, but this is usually a matter of convenience rather than skill. Vinyl plank flooring is so easy to install that most homeowners are able to complete the installation project on their own without significant skills. Keep in mind that the click locks planks are usually easier for homeowners to install on their own because they can be repositioned multiple times as needed.
Vinyl floors have the highest resistance to moisture, making it a better choice for the bathroom, laundry room, basement or kitchen. Wood is an organic material that responds to fluctuations in temperature and humidity, making it a poor choice for high moisture areas. It is better suited for living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms and entryways. Engineered wood fares slightly better since the cross-wise layers of plywood provide a more stable structure. Our flooring experts can recommend the perfect solution for each room. You can see that vinyl plank flooring offers many benefits that you may be eager to take advantage of. Now is a great time to explore the options and to learn more about the gorgeous styles available to choose from.