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Luxury vinyl: taking the flooring industry by storm

 
Many want flooring that’s stylish, functional, affordable, and easy to care for, and luxury vinyl flooring (LVF) checks all of those boxes. This material, which has become a top choice over the past few years, gives you the look of hardwood, stone, or tile. The waterproof capability makes it ideal for the kitchen or bath, but the high-end design makes it appropriate for any room in the house.
 

Luxury vinyl plank flooring: the look and feel of hardwood

 
This is one version of LVF. Strips of vinyl are mounted on boards to simulate hardwood planks. Like all LVF, images are taken with 3D photography and printed digitally, and you will see knots, wormholes, swirls, and grains. Embossing gives depth, dimension, and textured appearances such as wire-brushed, hand scraped, weathered, or distressed. It’s all finished with a matte, gloss, or high gloss finishes.

All LVF follows current industry trends to have a wood or marble bath or a colorful retro style playroom. Gray and whitewashed floors are trending right now, creating that farmhouse-style kitchen or California cottage living room. Although mainly associated with hardwood, some use planks for a stone look since the large format and fewer seams give it the more continuous look of a quarried slab. Others use square, groutable, tile-sized pieces, called luxury vinyl tile flooring because they feel the many seams add to the realism.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Is it durable?

 
The vinyl itself is durable, and luxury should be thick, at least 8-mm or 9-mm. (Go even higher if you want an authentic hardwood feel.) It’s multi-layered with a clear, melamine sheet at the top that protects the floor from scratches and scuffs. It also keeps spills sitting there so you can easily wipe them off. Wear layers should be at least 20-mils.

Whether plank or tile, this vinyl is very easy to clean. Sweep daily so dirt doesn’t embed. Damp-mop weekly with a manufacturer-approved cleaner and avoid waxy or shine-promoting cleaners as they can dull. If you need more shine, get the advice of your flooring pro.

Installation is the fast and uncomplicated floating floor. The pieces click together like a mat, then hover over the subfloor with no nails or glue. Subfloors need to be clean, dry, and level.

To learn more about luxury vinyl plank or tile, visit the Floor Depot showroom in San Jose, CA. Nothing makes us happier than making customers happy, so let us show you our enthusiasm, especially if you live in San Jose, CA, Santa Clara, CA, Los Gatos, CA, Los Altos, CA, or Fremont, CA. Visit our showroom and check out all the luxury vinyl flooring options available. Be sure to ask about our estimates.