At any price point of a home, hardwood floors are a trend. And while they look gorgeous in these new homes, life happens. Kids, pets and that first dropping of a glass on your floors causing scratches and dents. That’s why luxury vinyl flooring has, without a doubt, become one of the most popular flooring options in residential settings. But, many homeowners do not fully understand what exactly makes luxury vinyl such a great option.
Carl Kahle from McCalls Carpet One in Franklin says, “The two main reasons people are choosing Luxury Vinyl Planks (LVP) over wood end up being kids and pets. The LVPs are waterproof and more scratch resistant than hardwood, making it kid and pet-friendly. If you miss a spill, no worry, it will still clean up and not cause cupping. The visuals of the vinyl planks have come such a long way that now people will mistake vinyl planks for wood which makes the purchase a lot easier than the old peel and stick vinyl tiles.”
To truly get a feel for luxury vinyl flooring, it’s important to take a closer look at its performance and appearance.
The biggest advantage of luxury vinyl flooring is its reliable performance. Unlike natural flooring options such as wood and stone, luxury vinyl has a special layered structure. The top layer, which is usually referred to as the wear layer, protects against scratches, scuffs, and stains better than all other surfaces. As a result, luxury vinyl floors will look as good as new for a long time, and they’ll never need to be refinished or resealed.
Underneath the top layer are extra layers for strength, support, and stability. These extra layers tend to function as cores, so the individual planks and tiles will resist foot traffic and all other potential impacts. Moreover, with these extra layers, all luxury vinyl floors are waterproof! The planks and tiles will never expand or contract when exposed to moisture.
Given this performance, luxury vinyl flooring is suitable for any room in the home.
Although luxury vinyl flooring is much more durable than wood and stone, its looks are similar. In fact, calling luxury vinyl’s looks similar doesn’t even do it justice. Luxury vinyl flooring actually looks exactly like real wood or stone. How is this possible? Luxury vinyl flooring features special decorative layers that include super-HD images of wood and stone. At the same time, some higher-end luxury vinyl floors even have textured surfaces so that they feel like wood or stone. So, luxury vinyl flooring gives you the opportunity to add the beauty of wood and stone to kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and any other areas where moisture and foot traffic are issues.
This article is brought to you by McCall’s Carpet One.
McCall’s Carpet One is Franklin’s locally-owned carpet, flooring & tile center with free estimates and local installation of carpet, hardwood flooring, kitchen and bath tile – plus furniture and appliances by DT McCall’s in the back! Everything home, all in one place – all at great, low prices!
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