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A luxury vinyl flooring buying guide

With luxury vinyl flooring (LVF), you really can have it all: waterproof flooring, durability, high-end style, and affordability. This is considered to be prestige, not an economical product. It’s essential to get a good LVF because corners are sometimes cut, especially with bargain-basement prices. This guide put together by Carpet Source Plus will tell you what to look for.


You should see vibrant, multi-dimensional images

Thanks to modern technology, images are realistic mimics of wood, stone, or tile with embossing that gives them depth and dimension. With deep embossing, textured appearances, such as wire-brushed hand-scraped, weathered and distressed, are also possible. The images are available in an almost unlimited number of colors, patterns, and designs, and they all follow current trends. Go ahead: Have that gray or whitewashed wood, copper slate, or marble floor.

Real luxury vinyl can also be cut into planks to simulate hardwood boards. This is called vinyl plank flooring (LVP). It can also be cut into square tile-sized pieces (LVT Flooring). Many feel the extra seams add to the realism, and some take it even further by using grout with the tile pieces.

Thickness matters

All vinyl is durable, but luxury is thickest yet. It should be at least 8-mm or 9-mm, but if you’re using a vinyl plank, you most likely also want an authentic, firm hardwood feeling. In that case, go for 10-mm or even 12-mm. Wear layers, top clear melamine wear sheets, are measured in mils. Yours should be at least 20 mils.

Cores and waterproofing

The core isn’t so much about durability as it is waterproofing. The traditional LVF core is made from vinyl composites, and it is waterproof. It is possible to get more technologically advanced cores for extra levels of protection. WPC (wood plastic composite) and SPC (stone plastic composite) won’t peel or ripple no matter how much water is exposed to or for how long. While they are similar in their waterproof characteristics, SPC has a more rigid feeling, while WPC is more flexible and cushion-like.

Luxury vinyl flooring (LVF) has effortless maintenance; all you need is regular sweeping and periodic cleaning with a manufacturer-approved cleaner. Installation is the fast and uncomplicated floating floor. Pieces click together like a puzzle, form a mat, and then hover over the subfloor with no nails or glue needed. Subfloors need only be clean, dry, and level.

We’ll show you samples in our Carpet Source Plus showroom in Northwood, OH. Homeowners in Northwood, OH, Toledo, OH, Oregon, OH, Millbury, OH, && Curtice, OH will be absolutely amazed at the looks they can create. We promise luxury vinyl flooring will transform both your house and your life. Ask about our quotes.