6 Things You Need to Know Before Buying Luxury Vinyl
6 Things You Need to Know Before Buying Luxury Vinyl. It’s easy to install, durable, easy to clean, and pet friendly, but here are more details to help you make the right flooring choice.
- What is Luxury Vinyl
- The Sqft Cost
- Ease of Installation
- Ideal Locations for Installation
- Care & Maintenance
What is luxury vinyl flooring?
It is made from a synthetic material called polyvinyl chloride plastic (PVC). The PVC is heated and pressed into thin layers that are glued together to form the planks. A wear layer is also added to help it withstand traffic patterns, pets, and active kids. A photorealistic layer and a textured surface layer are added to the top in order to depict the desired hardwood, stone, or ceramic look.
Many popular brands now also have a stone composite core added to the middle to help give it a more rigid and hardwood-like structure. This also helps with durability and life-long performance. Luxury vinyl plank flooring is a part of the resilient flooring category.
Luxury vinyl should not be confused with the other types of vinyl flooring. Other vinyl flooring options include sheet vinyl and glue down (not a rigid core vinyl).
What is the sqft cost of luxury vinyl?
Per square foot, on average, you can expect to spend $3 - $9, plus installation. Installation costs vary by site conditions, if removal of old flooring is needed, and more. When comparing the cost to hardwood flooring or tile, it offers significant cost savings.
Can I install vinyl flooring?
Luxury vinyl flooring is very easy to install. It’s perfect for DIY and weekend projects. Most products now offer a simple click-lock or tongue and groove installation method. In many cases, you’ll just need a few basic tools.
We also offer installation services to help ensure your project goes smoothly. Having your floors professionally installed helps ensure it will be done correctly and help ensure any manufacturer warranties are maintained.
Where can I install luxury vinyl?
The benefits of luxury vinyl (easy to install, durable, easy to clean, and pet-friendly) make it perfect for just about any room in your home. The thick wear layer and water-resistant benefits are built to help withstand all your kitchen spills, pet accidents, and lots of traffic from family guests and kids.
Making it easy to install helps ensure your home won't be disrupted too much or for too long during the new flooring process. Once your beautiful new floors are yours to enjoy, the low-maintenance benefit is sure to help make your life easier.
All of these benefits make luxury vinyl plank flooring one of the best flooring options on the market. It’s perfect for kitchens, bathrooms, basements, kids' playrooms, offices, and more.
What does luxury vinyl look like?
Luxury vinyl planks (LVP) come in a large range of colors, textures, and patterns. It is created to mimic real hardwood or tile. So the same organic patterns, knots, and colors you find in nature and hardwood can be found in LVP.
The colors range from warm, yellow-toned, and rich dark brown, to cool-tone gray and blonde. You can also find high variation styles that help create the mixed tones that people enjoy when trying to create the reclaimed barn wood look.
Vinyl planks sizes can range in size but often come in 7” to 9” wide by 48” long planks.
How do I care for and clean my floors?
Luxury vinyl is a low-maintenance product. Most products are now water-resistant, if not waterproof. Waterproof vinyl flooring is very popular as it helps keep water damage from occurring. So all the water spills, pet accidents, and other top-down moisture issues won’t affect the visual of your floor.
For cleaning, a light sweeping and the occasional damp mop is all you need. Sweeping with a broom or vacuum (with the bristle bar turned off) will keep it looking its best. If a cleaner is needed, be sure to use one with a neutral PH, and do not use a steam mop.
To help protect your floors throughout their lifespan, you’ll want to remember that these floors, like hardwood, are susceptible to sun damage. Thus over time, direct sunlight can fade your floors. To combat this, it’s helpful to close your blind during the day when you’re not home.
When you’re ready to explore new floors for your home, contact us and we’re here to help. You can visit one of our flooring showrooms in Ohio, KY, or IN. If you’d like to stay home and shop, we can also have a Personal Flooring Advisor bring our showroom to your living room with our Mobile Floor Source.