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Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring Explained

 

 

Why is Vinyl Plank Flooring so Popular?

 

LVP - Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring Explained | Carpet ProfessorHomeowners have always had to make a choice between cheap soft sheet-vinyl flooring and expensive solid vinyl sheet flooring. In years past, simulated wood grain flooring did not look very real and it didn't stand the test of time.

 

Today, there is a realistic wood grain waterproof vinyl product available to homeowners. LVT or LVP is a square vinyl tile or random length and width vinyl plank that is realistic, easy to install, very durable and reasonably priced. 

 

Vinyl flooring products have numerous good qualities and only few negatives. Which vinyl flooring is right for you? Here is key information you can use to help make wise and informed choices.

 

 

 

Vinyl Flooring Construction?

 

Top Wear Layer

  • The top layer is a clear waterproof coating that helps protect the surface against abrasion, scratches, dents, stains and fading. Some wear layers are thicker and more durable than others, ranging from 10 to 20 mils.

A Decorative Image

  • Next is a digital image that gives each plank the appearance of natural hardwoods. Many are deeply embossed to provide texture and depth to enhance beauty.

Solid Vinyl Core

  • A solid vinyl core provides stability, strength and flexibility. 

Backing

  • This base layer is either waterproof or water resistant and also provides cushioning underfoot.

 

 

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Top LVP Benefits

  • Very Affordable

  • Beautiful, Realistic

  • Easy to Install

  • Many Colors and Designs

  • Durable and Long Lasting

  • Easy to Maintain and Repair

  • Scratch Resistant

  • Moisture Resistant or Waterproof

 

LVP Negatives

  • Inconsistent Quality

  • Hard to Remove when glued down

  • Fading in Direct Sunlight

 

 

LVP Cost vs. Longevity

 

LVP - Luxury Vinyl Plank Cost$2.00 to $3.50 Per Sq. Ft: 

LVP in this price range is usually glue-down flooring. Good-quality LVP is considered water resistant. Longevity of 7-12 years is common with a wear layer of 10 to 16 mils.

 

$3.50 to $6.00 Per Sq. Ft:

In this cost range, you’ll find thicker material and better wear layers. Longevity of 12-20 years is common with a wear layer of 16 to 20 mils.

 

 

Vinyl Flooring Installation

There are several ways to install LVP flooring. The 3 most common methods are: glue-down, click-together and floating.

  • Glue-Down holds the flooring in place securely.

  • Click-Together eliminates the need to glue the planks to the floor. 

  • A Floating Floor is secured only by gravity and base boards.

The installation method you choose depends on several key factors and you should discuss this matter in depth with a reputable LVP flooring dealer.

 

 

 

Vinyl Plank Length and Width

The width of LVP flooring varies with each manufacturer and basically range between 6″ and 12″. Typical plank lengths range from 36 to 48 inches.

 

Since LVP is a relatively thin product with varying lengths and widths, floor preparation is paramount. Floor preparation can be very costly especially if your old flooring has to be removed. If you have a wood subfloor any imperfections will need to be filled and sanded before the new LVP can be installed. 

 

Concrete slabs must smooth and be free of old glue residue. Every crack must be filled and leveled as any imperfection will telegraph up to the new LVP floor. All concrete or wood sub-flooring must be clean and dry before installing new LVP. If your basement or concrete slab has moisture problems of any sort, you should consult with a professional before you install any new flooring. Mold and mildew is a serious issue and can be a heath hazard. Concrete Sealing Companies located near you can be found by doing a simple Google search.

 

 

Vinyl Flooring Maintenance

 

Close-up of LVP flooring wood grain | Carpet ProfessorVinyl flooring is easy to take care of. This is another reason why LVP and LVT flooring is so popular. 

 

Use a damp mop or cloth to wipe up spills. Sweep or vacuum regularly (no beater bar) to remove dirt and debris. 

 

Use mild soap or a mild cleaning solution because harsh chemicals can damage LVP flooring. You can use a vinegar and water solution to clean LVP flooring, simply mix one part water with one part white vinegar and be sure to rinse thoroughly.

 

 

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Not all vinyl flooring products are created equal. There are many levels of quality to choose from. Some are water-proof, some are water-resistant. Prices for LVP vary greatly and you need to determine what grade is right for your application. 

 

Rather than giving you a basic product synopsis on this website, it would be better if you visit a reputable LVP flooring dealer near you and consider all the options in person. That way you can get all the answers you need that apply to your unique situation. No website can provide you with all the product information you require.

 

 

Quality Vinyl Flooring Manufacturers

 

There are many colors, styles and wood grain options available from the best LVP manufacturers including;

  • Armstrong

  • Forbo

  • Konecto

  • Shaw

  • Mannington

 

Regardless of the brand you select, it is important that you buy from a reputable flooring dealer. That way you are assured to get a quality product along with the best customer service and guaranteed installation. If you ever have a problem or complaint, it's nice to know your local flooring dealer will do whatever it takes to make sure all your concerns are addressed. Is there a Recommended LVP Flooring Dealer near me?

 

 

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