Vinyl Plank

Why choose vinyl plank?

Luxury vinyl plank flooring, or LVP as it is commonly referred to, offers arguably the biggest bang for your buck when it comes to choosing flooring material for your home. Vinyl flooring is waterproof, making it an ideal selection for a variety of spaces in your home including the kitchen and bathrooms. Additionally, it is easy to clean and maintain while also being extremely durable. LVP is a great flooring choice and will last a long time in your home.

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Benefits and features of LVP

If you’re looking for a stylish flooring option that’s durable, economical, and customizable, vinyl plank flooring is a great way to elevate the aesthetics of your home and offers several benefits.

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Realistic appearance

While vinyl plank flooring is a synthetic material, it can be used to imitate the look of natural wood, stone, or tile flooring with a wide range of styles and finishes.

Easy cleaning and maintenance

Keeping vinyl plank floors clean is easy as they can withstand just about any cleaning method. High water resistance means it’s fine to use a wet mop for deep cleans.

Waterproof or water-resistant

Unlike laminate, vinyl flooring is highly moisture-resistant. Because it’s made from 100% plastic, vinyl can withstand heavy amounts of moisture, making it good for bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens.

Durability and longevity

Vinyl flooring options with a thick wear layer can last up to 25 years. They’re designed to withstand everyday wear and tear, making them good options for households with kids and pets or any high-traffic areas.

Good resale value

Vinyl’s ability to replicate natural flooring options like wood and stone make it possible to create an authentic look without the hefty price tag. High-end vinyl floors can add resale value to a home since they tend to give a luxury appearance.

Cost-effective

Vinyl plank flooring costs typically run from $2 to $10 per square foot. While more expensive than laminate, vinyl floors are more cost-effective than wood and tile flooring options. Vinyl has a high return on investment due to their waterproof core and durability.

Style

One important consideration when choosing LVP is deciding what style you envision for your home. Vinyl flooring comes in a ton of different styles - from wood to stone or even marble, LVP flooring will look like the real deal. Colors and texturing will also make your new LVP flooring feel like the real deal. With so many LVP options for your home, it might be difficult to choose just one!

Placement

Another consideration when choosing LVP flooring is where to have it installed. As we’ve mentioned previously, vinyl flooring is waterproof, making it an ideal choice for kitchens, bathrooms, and even basements. However, you don’t have to limit LVP to just those areas. LVP’s durability makes it an excellent choice for just about any space in your home, especially high traffic areas or other spaces where your flooring experiences wear from pets, kids, or accidental messes.

SPC vs. WPC

LVP is comprised of a core that is commonly made of one of the following: SPC or WPC. SPC stands for Stone Plastic Composite and is commonly referred to as Rigid Core. Rigid Core vinyl planking is known for being a physically harder product. WPC stands for Wood Plastic Composite and generally softer to walk on. Both products have the similar characteristics and a specific purpose.

Wear layer

While most vinyl flooring options are durable and resistant to everyday wear and tear, lower-quality vinyl plank flooring may peel or delaminate over time — this happens when vinyl flooring has a thin wear layer. However, this can be easily avoided if you choose a LVP with a thick wear layer, which can last up to 25 years with proper maintenance.

Maintenance tips

Day-to-day

Day-to-day maintenance for LVP floors is simple and includes removing dirt and dust to keep them looking nice.
  • Sweep or dust mop: For easy maintenance, sweep with a soft broom or dust mop to help prevent dirt and grit from building up that can then scratch the surface of your vinyl floors — vacuuming with an attachment designed for hard floors is also acceptable.
  • Damp mopping: Sweeping only goes so far. You’ll still need to use a damp mop when your vinyl floors begin to look dull or dirty. Simply use a sponge mop with warm water to loosen dirt and grime that didn’t get picked up from sweeping.
  • Cleaning

    When it comes to removing dirt and grime that doesn’t come up from regular day-to-day care, vinyl floors are easy to clean with a couple methods.
  • Cleaning solution or general-purpose liquid detergent:Vinyl floors can be cleaned with general floor cleaning solutions of a general-purpose liquid detergent by combining with water in a soap bucket. Simply dip your mop into the solution-water mixture, wring it out, and go over the floor until dirt and grime has been removed.
  • Armstrong Once ’N Done or Mannington Rinse-Free Cleaner: Both of these products are specially formulated for vinyl plank floors and do not need to be rinsed. Simply combine with water and apply with a mop or rag.
  • Luster Maintenance

    Over time, the finish of your vinyl floors may become a bit lack-luster, so there are some standard maintenance tips you should perform based on the finish of your floors.
  • High-gloss floors (urethane finishes): Apply a high-quality acrylic emulsion floor polish like Armstrong Shine using a mop or soft rag. Be sure to never use buffing equipment on high-gloss floors.
  • Standard-gloss floors (vinyl finishes): To bring back luster to standard-gloss floors, use a mechanical buffer with a lamb’s wool bonnet or pad. This can be done once or twice a year depending on how much foot traffic your floors receive.
  • Preventative

    Be careful to avoid the following to keep your LVP floors in good condition as long as possible:
  • Gouging and scrapes from moving furniture: Take caution not to drag furniture or appliances across your vinyl floors. Doing so can result in scrapes and gouges to the finish that can’t be removed.
  • Indentations: If you have heavy furniture, we recommend supporting them with wide-bearing, non-staining floor protectors to prevent indentations in your flooring. Similarly, high heels are known for causing indentations and scrapes, so be sure to leave these shoes at the door.
  • High exposure to sunlight: Normal sunlight exposure is fine for vinyl floors, but if you live in a very sunny or hot climate, excessive sun exposure through sliding glass doors or big windows can cause vinyl floors to fade over time.
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    Vinyl FAQs

    How long vinyl plank flooring lasts depends on a number of factors, specifically how much wear and tear they get over their lifetime. Properly maintained vinyl plank floors can last up to 25 years.

    When it comes to choosing between laminate and vinyl flooring, the best choice for your home ultimately depends on personal preferences and what flooring factors matter most to you. Laminate is generally easier to install and has less environmental impact, while vinyl is more durable, has more variety in appearance, and has a better resale value.

    Laminate and vinyl are some of the cheaper flooring options and have fairly similar price points. However, higher-end vinyl flooring with thicker finishes can cost more than laminate.

    Vinyl plank flooring, specifically those on the cheaper end, are more prone to indentations, gouging, and scrapes from moving furniture around. While vinyl flooring is one of the most durable flooring options, it can still be susceptible to stains which is why it’s important to promptly clean up spills. Vinyl is susceptible to fading or discoloration from excessive sun exposure. Other considerations to take into account are installation issues like warping and peaking at the joints — these problems typically arise from poor installation or improper glue.
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