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Your Guide to LVP Terminology

Your Guide to LVP Terminology

Every industry has its own language and the flooring industry is no different! When you start shopping for flooring, you may find yourself encountering words, phrases, or acronyms you’ve never heard before. However, most of the new terms are easy to understand and remember once you learn what they represent.

For instance, vinyl flooring falls under the heading of “resilient flooring,” which refers to high-performance, high-quality vinyl products that are manufactured using innovative technology. Resilient flooring is specifically any floor that has “give” or elasticity when it’s walked on, and the label also speaks to how well it bounces back from wear and tear.

If you are interested in bringing home a quality vinyl flooring product, there’s no need to feel overwhelmed when shopping. Let’s break down what you need to know when exploring luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring.

Acclimation – The process of adapting to the temperature and humidity in a room. Because all flooring materials expand and contract with changes in temperature or humidity, it’s important to move the LVP into the room where they’ll be installed at least 48 hours prior to installation.

Adhesive – The substance or glue used to adhere flooring to the subfloor. Many of today’s innovative vinyl options do not require any adhesive!

Floating floor – Vinyl flooring that can be installed over an existing floor without being nailed or glued down and usually over a variety of different subfloors.

Luxury vinyl plank (LVP) – These are long vinyl planks, typically three inches wide or more, that look like traditional hardwood flooring and can be textured or smooth. These planks may offer floating, click-lock, or require glue-down installation.

Roller – A tool used to press flooring onto adhesive if needed, to seal seams, and to help remove any trapped air.

Seam – The line where two planks meet. Subfloor – The foundation for a floor within a building.

Substrate – The surface on which the flooring will be laid. Typically, an underlayment is required for wood surfaces. Concrete substrates don’t require underlayment but do require some floor preparation so always check your manufacturer’s instructions. Underlayment – A layer of material, usually thin foam, that provides a smooth, consistent surface for the flooring material. The underlayment is helpful in noise abatement and insulation.

Wear layer – Protective material applied to the top surface of the vinyl flooring. The thicker the wear layer on the flooring material, the higher the quality. This feature is especially helpful for families and active households!

Do you have more questions? Let the professionals at America’s Floor Source provide the answers you’re looking for when it comes to durable high-quality luxury vinyl flooring.

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