Luxury Vinyl Flooring Guide
A modern favourite for residences and commercial spaces alike, there’s a lot to love about luxury vinyl flooring. Merging the natural textures and visuals of wood and stone with maximum performance features, luxury vinyl flooring is made with your durability needs and style preferences in mind.
Luxury vinyl, which is known as LVT flooring, achieves its extreme popularity due to its organic-inspired looks and sturdy, synthetic construction. Made using durable materials, luxury vinyl can take anything on: scratching, scuffing, spills, and stains. Since its reinforced using multiple support layers, these heavy-duty tiles and planks are also made to resist cracking, chipping, or breaking. Best of all, all luxury vinyl flooring is made to resist moisture: some types are even fully waterproof.
How Is Luxury Vinyl Made?
Luxury vinyl flooring is made from synthetic materials that are layered to created planks and tiles. The top layer is called the wear layer, and it can resist scratches, scuffs, and other surface blemishes. The wear layer also can resist moisture, so any spills can be wiped from the surface without long-term consequences. Underneath the wear layer is the design layer, which includes a high-definition wood or stone visual. Other layers include the core and base layers. These support layers provide extra strength and stability to the planks and tiles, so they are unlikely to expand, contract, chip, and crack, regardless of environmental factors.
This construction allows luxury vinyl to combine the natural looks of real wood and stone with premium performance. It is more wear resistant and moisture resistant than wood and tile, and it remains more comfortable underfoot and easier to maintain.
Is Luxury Vinyl Flooring Waterproof?
We often run into the question of whether or not vinyl flooring is waterproof. For the most part, all luxury vinyl floors are considered moisture resistant, but there are luxury vinyl options that are considered waterproof. Waterproof flooring has a watertight surface and a strong waterproof core that prevents the planks and tiles from ever expanding or contracting when exposed to moisture. This core also stops moisture from reaching the subfloor, and makes wiping up spills easy.
Where to Install Luxury Vinyl Flooring
While many of us are drawn to the stunning looks of natural stone and hardwood, these flooring mediums aren’t always the smartest match for your space. Hardwood can warp when it gets wet, and some types of stone can become scratched under heavy foot traffic. Luxury vinyl flooring, on the other hand, works just about anywhere. However, there are different varieties of luxury vinyl that are especially well-suited for certain areas. For example, those seeking new flooring for their bathroom or shower area would do best to choose luxury vinyl flooring that’s 100% waterproof.
Types of Luxury Vinyl
Generally, there are three types of luxury vinyl flooring: sheet, tile, and plank. While many of us associate vinyl flooring with the vinyl sheeting of yesteryear, this type of flooring has truly come a long way since then. Although sheet vinyl is still widely available, square tiles and wood-like planks have made for further flexibility and options.
Our Luxury Vinyl Selection
As demand for luxury vinyl products keeps on growing, Hyland Carpet One Floor & Home continues expanding its inventory. With our main goal being to address each customer’s changing needs, we’re proud to offer some greater Sudbury’s most beloved brands, including premium Carpet One exclusives you won’t see anywhere else.
With luxury vinyl flooring available for every style, budget, and purpose, choose one that’s the perfect fit for your space.What is The Best Vinyl For My Room?