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What You Need to Know About Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring

Written By: Jaymi Naciri
Friday, March 08, 2019

Itrsquo;s a great value.

ldquo;Vinyl flooring gives you the look of hardwood and the durability of laminatemdash;for a fraction of the price,rdquo; said Floor Critic. ldquo;No flooring is 100 perfect, but Luxury Vinyl Plank LVPmdash;aka Luxury Vinyl Tile LVTmdash;comes close.

Itrsquo;s affordable

Unless you catch a great sale or a closeout, yoursquo;re probably looking at 4ndash;5 per square foot, or more, which is far less than you can expect to pay for decent wood flooring. You can find more bargain prices for LVP, but the quality may suffer. Typically, these planks are too thin and may crack or lift.

ldquo;Beware of bargain brands,rdquo; said Floor Critic. ldquo;If they look a little too good to be truemdash;well, you know the rest of that story. Quality LVP starts at 3 per square foot and goes up to 7. The mid-priced lines are usually a sure bet. Yoursquo;ll get the features you need mdash; like waterproofing and scratch resistancemdash;without paying for unnecessary upgrades.rdquo;

Itrsquo;s durable

You actually have to work to mess up your vinyl floors. It doesnt scratch or chip, which is why parents of humans and animals love it.

Itrsquo;s for the dogs

Seriously, if you have dogs that dribble from their water bowl or maybe leave a puddle of something else here and there, luxury vinyl planks may be for you. Theyrsquo;re waterproof, so not only are they great for animal lovers, but also can be used in wet areas like kitchens and bathrooms without fear of warping or discoloration.

Theyrsquo;re simple to take care of

ldquo;Other than vacuuming or sweeping and washing them with soap and water to keep them clean therersquo;s absolutely no maintenance required,rdquo; said Architypes. ldquo;Yoursquo;ll never have to wax, seal, or refinish them like you do with so many other available floor coverings.rdquo;

But, yoursquo;ll want to keep in mind that you canrsquo;t just use any old cleaner on luxury tile floors. Say a sad farewell to your Swiffer WetJet. Many floor cleaners can dull the finish on vinyl floors, so be careful what you choose. We recommend Rejuvenate Luxury Vinyl Floor Cleaner.

They can be slippery

One thing to watch when yoursquo;re choosing luxury vinyl plank floors is the texture. The newest products are designed to fool the eye into thinking yoursquo;re looking at a textured wood product, but the foot feel may differ from the appearance. If yoursquo;re purchasing in person, it pays to take out one of the planks and put it on the floor so you can walk on it. You donrsquo;t want to make the mistake we made and go too slick, or yoursquo;ll be watching your dogs play slip-and-slide.

The installation is easy

ldquo;You have to know what you are doing when it comes to laying a wooden or a tile floor,rdquo; said Architypes. ldquo;There is very, very little room for error and in general, it is not something a novice should be doing. Vinyl flooring, on the other hand, is much easier.

The majority of vinyl planks that you find fit together very easily and will lock in place. You can then simply trim them with a knife so that they fit the shape of your room. As long as you take your time, installing vinyl flooring is very simple, and once you get the hang of it very quick.rdquo;

Another thing people love about LVP is that they can ldquo;floatrdquo; over other types of flooring. If yoursquo;ve been holding off on upgrading your floors because the thought of demo is not delightful, this might be for you. The trick is proper preparation.

ldquo;Whether yoursquo;re installing your LVT and LVP over concrete, vinyl, wood, or ceramic tile, your new floor will perform as well as how you prepare the surface below,rdquo; sad DuChateau. ldquo;That preparation must provide a level, smooth, and dry surface on which to install your new LVT and LVP.rdquo;

Itrsquo;s soft

Vinyl is so much softer than tile and hardwood. That back pain yoursquo;ve been dealing with after spending time at the sink or stove might be gone for good. Thatrsquo;s reason enough to take the plunge

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