Traditional vinyl and luxury vinyl are both made up of several layers that provide water resistance, durability, and walking comfort. Where luxury vinyl differs is that it has a stiff core of material that provides a walking experience closer to that of hardwood. Additionally, this allows luxury vinyl to be cut into planks and tiles which make it easier to install for DIY projects.
Like sheet vinyl, luxury vinyl also offers a beautiful look at an affordable price along with superior moisture resistance. Luxury vinyl can work in almost any area of your home, but it is the best choice when you plan to DIY your own flooring. The smaller planks and tile format of luxury vinyl is much easier to install compared to large sheet vinyl. Luxury vinyl is also the best option for replicating the look of hardwood floors and even feels more like hardwood because of its rigid core.
Whether you choose tile or luxury vinyl plank flooring, Barrie homes will benefit from the water resistance, scratch resistance, and beautiful aesthetics of this premium flooring.
Both laminate and luxury vinyl flooring can expertly replicate the look of hardwood, however; luxury vinyl feels much more like real hardwood.
Luxury vinyl comes in individual planks or tiles which are installed as a floating floor. This means they do not have to be attached to the subfloor and, instead, lock together to form a single, secure sheet. Customizing the individual planks or tiles is also easy and can be done with a common hand or table saw. Along with being easy to cut and not requiring special equipment, the individual planks mean you can replace any damaged pieces with a new one. This is different from sheet vinyl which needs to be cut very carefully or else you risk ruining the entire floor.
Few flooring types can match the moisture protection of luxury vinyl plank flooring. Barrie homeowners often choose vinyl for bathrooms, laundry rooms, and other areas where spills and moisture will be present. Vinyl can have a similar appearance and water protection as tile but at a fraction of the cost. This makes it ideal for a budget-friendly bathroom renovation.
Luxury vinyl offers some of the best options when it comes to tile, stone, and hardwood alternatives. Advanced printing techniques make vinyl nearly indistinguishable from these other more expensive and often harder to maintain flooring types.
Vinyl flooring offers one of the easiest to maintain and clean surfaces. A simple sweep of a dry broom or vacuum is often all it takes to clean a vinyl floor. For messier spills and caked on dirt, mild cleaning solutions and a moist mop will do the job. This makes vinyl an excellent option for rooms like kitchens where sticky spills are common. Vinyl, unlike laminate, can stand up to wet cleaning methods.
Luxury vinyl’s materials and construction help it to be naturally resistant to damage and decay from bacteria, moisture, and dirt. This makes it a better option for anyone who is sensitive to dust and other indoor allergens.
Vinyl flooring typically carries warranties for up to 20 years. With proper care, it can last even longer than this.
“Tile” and “Plank” simply refer to the shape and dimensions that the vinyl is cut into. Planks are long rectangular pieces that are similar in dimension to hardwood planks which make them ideal for replicating the look of solid wood flooring. Tiles are square and are best suited for replicating stone or ceramic tiles along with patterned flooring.