There are myths galore surrounding this flooring! To be clear, luxury vinyl flooring (LVF) isn’t the vinyl flooring you may remember from years past. Technology has evolved, so it’s as stylish as it is functional.
One of the great things about luxury vinyl is that it’s often completely waterproof.
At Prianti’s Flooring, we’re going to clear the air once and for all, and bring you up to speed on this remarkable material.
Luxury Vinyl Tile vs. Luxury Vinyl Plank
If your heart is set on the look of stone, tile or wood, but your budget just won’t allow it, you’re in luck, because you can get a remarkable simulation with this material, at a much more budget-friendly cost.
Here is a caveat on price, however, before we go on. As always, you get what you pay for, as with those cheap bargain-basement brands, often found in the big-box stores. The material’s often thinner and it might be water-resistant, but not completely waterproof.
What’s the difference between tile and plank?
● Luxury vinyl plank (LVP), refers to the format size of the flooring. In this case it is in a “plank” format. It’s emulates the look of hardwood, is available in many different sizes and grades, and comes in different colors, including the ever-popular and oh-so-fashionable grey shades. Because it’s available in a variety of species and textures it can give the look of anything, including distressed wood, and is appropriate for any environment from classic to contemporary and farmhouse.
● Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is just what it sounds like, cut into tile-sized pieces. It, too comes in a wide assortment of colors and designs. Tile formats are preferred over plank when they want to mimic the look of stone, marble, slate, travertine, etc.
LVF and Installation
Not so long ago, all vinyl was installed via the glue-down method, meaning it could be glued directly on a concrete sub-floor. There was no other option. The cons of this installation type is that it can be cold, hard and even sometimes imperfections in the sub-floor could actually show through.
Now the installation method of choice--also perfect for the do-it-yourselfer--is the floating floor. What that means is the planks or tiles attach to each other, and not any sub-floor, with a click and lock technology.
Although there are times when glue-down is a must, the floating floor is a popular option. This is easy, but just don’t ever install another flooring type over a floating floor.
Still have questions? Come into Prianti’s Flooring showroom in Port Saint Lucie, FL, so our experts can give you a “show and tell.”