07 Mar The Top 8 Reasons To Use Vinyl Plank Flooring
Today, we are going to look at the top eight reasons why Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) Flooring is a great option for your home and why you may want LVP for your next flooring project. There certainly is no limit to the amount of flooring options available today. In fact, making a decision on your next flooring choice can be downright overwhelming! With so many options, choices of materials, and installation techniques, just figuring out where to start your flooring search can be stressful.
Well, we want to help narrow down the choices and make it easier for you to make an informed decision. For the reasons below and many more, our number one pick is Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring.
Costs Half As Much As Wood
This is an easy one. We’re all price conscious. Whether you are building your dream home, re-flooring your entire house, gutting the kitchen, or simply freshening-up the living room, price and value affect the bottom line…in fact, they most likely ARE the bottom line! And the bottom line is this; LVP flooring is typically half the price for a comparable design for wood. Saving thousands of dollars to your ‘bottom line’ is always helpful, regardless of how big your project is. Saving on your flooring budget can allow you to put money into furniture, decor, other building splurges….or perhaps just back into your pocket!
An Endless Variety Of Colors And Patterns
The extensive choices in the world of vinyl flooring can be astounding! If there’s something specific and particular that you’re looking for, LVP will be sure to have an option. Are you looking for a wood grain look? Stone or tile? LVP has it all! Are you not quite sure what you’re looking for? Browse through the latest magazines, websites, or instagram posts. Follow your favorite interior designers. Bring us a picture and let us show you what we can do!
You’ll also find that when choosing LVP it will be easier to match up room to room (even if you’re looking for something slightly different in each room) and easier to coordinate into specific rooms. This comes in handy particularly when you might be only reflooring one room. The endless LVP choices ensure that you will be able to find something “perfect”. Boxing yourself into an “I only want stone” corner may not ensure a “perfect match.”
More than any other benefit of LVP, this one is our favorite! In the early days of vinyl plank flooring, the only options were to glue it down to concrete or a plywood subfloor. This made the overall installation feel very “thin”, and left the flooring feeling cold and hard, since there were limited layers of cushion.
Nowadays, LVP has evolved and the installation side has so many more options…the biggest improvement is the advent of floating floor LVP. With this version, the planking interlocks and lays down without using caustic glue or adhesives. This opens up the possibilities of where and how you can install LVP and also saves you money by cutting down on prep work. Many times, a floor is just worn and tired, but the overall structure is still solid. This is where LVP shines. You can lay the LVP flooring directly over the old floor, saving countless hours of demo work removing the old floor.
It’s Extremely Durable
Obviously you don’t want to lay down wood flooring in a place that runs the risk of wetness, so this leaves out bathrooms, laundry rooms, etc. And tile or stone can easily crack and chip and then it’s difficult to replace broken tiles.
Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring, on the other hand, is completely functional and durable. LVP is almost completely waterproof so it can withstand any spills or plumbing disasters. And we all know that kids and pets can bring their own types of “disasters.” LVP won’t scratch or chip, so you can enjoy a blemish free floor for years to come, without having to worry about the kids or the dogs or the plumbing!
When we spoke to one of the top realtors on Hilton Head, Sheri Nixon about what flooring trends buyers are noticing when they look for property, she had some great advice! “One of the first things almost every buyer notices the second they step into a home is the flooring. Old, worn, or outdated flooring is a huge turn off and immediately makes the home feel less valuable.” This is where the value and easy of LVP can really make a difference, Sheri recommended if your floors were old and couldn’t replace all of it, at least focus on high traffic areas and make a good first impression.
There are so many amazing flooring options today, its very hard to narrow down your choices. One big advantage LVP has over the competition is it’s anti slip coating. So many floors look amazing….until they become wet. The bulk of LVP today is manufactured with an anti-slip coating which once again makes it a great choice for wet areas.
Another big safety feature of LVP is the antimicrobial properties many brands add in to the construction of the flooring. Not every brand and style has it, but it is offered in several lines. This coating adds another level of protection for you and your family and makes the floor more germ free than other options.
Easy To Clean And Maintain
-No maintenance. Period.
Vacuum and wash with soap and water to keep clean. That’s it!
Warm & Comfortable
Chilly mornings are no match for Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring! Vinyl floors will stay at room temperature, which can make getting out of bed much easier in the winter. Who doesn’t need an extra incentive to get out of bed in the morning? LVP Flooring is also created with padding, which makes it much easier on feet and joints than either wood or tile.
The advantages of opting for a beautiful looking vinyl plank floor significantly outweigh the few drawbacks inherit to LVP, which is probably why it’s such an insanely popular option today.
Luxury vinyl flooring has come a long way in the last couple of years and has skyrocketed in popularity. It’s easy to see why after reading these top eight reasons, and we’re just scratching the surface. If you have more questions or need additional details, feel free to email or call us anytime, or better yet, if you’re here in the Lowcountry, please stop by and see our showroom! Sheer beauty isn’t even listed as one of our top eight, and seeing is believing! Come on in and take a look.