Benefits of Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl flooring is a terrific, family-friendly option for almost any room in your home! Luxury vinyl offers many benefits, including scratch-resistance, durability, and the ability to stand up to foot traffic. All luxury vinyl flooring offers water resistance, and some luxury vinyl flooring is even waterproof! Additionally, vinyl flooring is easy to install—you might even choose to install it yourself.
Best Rooms for Vinyl
Vinyl flooring can work well in kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, and more. It is also great for homes with pets due to its anti-scratch properties. And because some types of luxury vinyl floors are waterproof, they can be ideal for laundry rooms, bathrooms, mudrooms, and even finished basements.
WPC vs. Rigid Core (SPC)
Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) and Stone Polymer Composite (SPC, also known as Rigid Core) are two types of waterproof luxury vinyl flooring.
SPC/Rigid Core is an incredibly durable, waterproof vinyl flooring because, as the name states, it has a very rigid core. This core offers additional strength and makes it dent-resistant and very firm to walk on, but it can often feel cold.
WPC is also waterproof, but it is less dense than rigid core flooring. It retains some warmth, and there’s a slight cushion to it underfoot.
Both rigid core and WPC flooring can be used throughout your home and provide excellent resilience with easy care requirements.
Some luxury vinyl flooring includes attached padding, which can make them easier to install. If your flooring choice does not come with an attached pad, you’ll need to get a separate underlayment.
Luxury vinyl also offers many different looks and even textures, including stone and hardwood styles. These neutral looks come in browns, greys, beige tones, and more. Some luxury vinyl has hand-scraped, wire-brushed, and other textures to better mimic real hardwood flooring. Because of its wood and stone styles, luxury vinyl flooring can be a stylish, budget-friendly substitute for higher-priced flooring choices.
Luxury Vinyl vs. Sheet Vinyl
Luxury vinyl flooring can come in planks (LVP) and tiles (LVT). LVP tends to mimic hardwood looks, while LVT is most often made to resemble stone and tile. Sheet vinyl comes as a large roll (typically 12-foot wide), and it can be cut to length to fit the size of your room.
Sheet vinyl, like LVT and LVP, is designed to look like other types of flooring, mainly hardwood, stone, and tile. It can be less expensive than luxury vinyl flooring, and it is a reliable flooring option.