During the next few weeks, we are going to discuss four popular yet diverse flooring products. Last week, we focused on Laminate, and today, we are going to shift gears a little bit and talk about Luxury Vinyl Planking.
Luxury Vinyl Planking, also known as LVP, has taken the flooring industry by storm. Loved for its aesthetically-pleasing look and durable features, LVP is a top choice amongst consumers. That being said, although homeowners love to incorporate this revolutionary product in their home, they rarely know what LVP is and when it should be used. To help, we are going to discuss LVP’s key characteristics and attributes. Let’s take a look!
Luxury Vinyl Planking has a unique composition. Like laminate, it is composed of several layers:
- Wear Layer: The top, surface layer is referred to as the wear layer. As the name suggests, it protects your floors from wear and tear.
- Luxury Vinyl Print: Beneath the wear layer, you will find the luxury vinyl print. This print is a high-definition, beautiful image.
- Interlocking System: Right under the print, you will find the interlocking system that helps make the product easy to install.
- Waterproof Core: The fourth layer, the 100% waterproof core, is considered the most revolutionary. It allows you to install these gorgeous floors in moisture-prone areas like kitchens, bathrooms, and basements.
- Attached Underlayment: Lastly, you will find the attached underlayment, and this layer provides comfort to the product.
With LVP, the thicker the wear layer and the thicker the vinyl, the more high-quality the product is. Ideally, you want to search for a luxury vinyl that provides both attributes.
Like we previously mentioned, LVP is 100% waterproof. It gives homeowners flexibility with their design and provides ease of mind when installing floors in moisture-prone areas. In fact, most manufacturers boast at the fact that LVP can be installed in virtually any room – imagine the design possibilities!
LVP not only mimics the look of traditional hardwood floors but it also comes in a variety of designs that mimic the look of natural stone. This gives homeowners the opportunity to have the look of beautiful floors for a fraction of the price with additional durability.
There are three different user-friendly ways to install LVP floors:
- Peel & Stick
- Glue down
Lastly, we wanted to reiterate the fact that Luxury Vinyl is incredibly durable. Its added thickness and wear layer can give homeowners ease of mind when it comes to making the right flooring decision.
If you missed part one of the series, where we highlighted the main features of WPC, SPC, LVP, and Laminate, be sure to check it out here.
Thanks for reading, and make sure to come back next week for our discussion on WPC (Wood Polymer Composite).