Vinyl Plank Flooring
Even though hardwood is a highly sought after flooring option, it is not suitable for all homes. That is where luxury vinyl comes into play. You can achieve the same authentic looks as hardwood, but they are so much more durable and versatile. Vinyl planks are a specific type of luxury vinyl flooring that combines the real look of hardwood and the performance you expect from luxury vinyl flooring.
The multilayer construction is where luxury vinyl gets its durability. The wear layer is a thick plastic film that can resist scuffs, scratches, and heavy foot traffic. It also protects the image layer which is a high-definition image of real wooden planks. Because of its multi-layer construction, luxury vinyl is dimensionally stable, and will not warp or otherwise change form like a solid wood plank would.
One of the major benefits of luxury vinyl is that unlike hardwood, luxury vinyl planks do not need to be refinished. They are also more cost effective than natural hardwood, making them a budget friendly alternative. Not only that, but luxury vinyl is amazing at replicating the exact look of hardwood flooring, meaning you have an unlimited choice when it comes to style. That means you can choose planks that look like rustic or reclaimed wood, or go with more traditional options.
All luxury vinyl planks are water resistant to an extent, but not all are waterproof. Waterproof luxury vinyl planks are made with materials such as limestone dust and PVC composites that make them completely resistant to water. So, unlike hardwood or laminate, luxury vinyl planks will not warp or swell due to exposure to moisture. Most waterproof luxury vinyl floors are sealed tight, so water will not seep past the surface and cause damage to your subfloor.