If you’re looking for a home flooring option that combines the classic look of hardwood with the modern benefits of synthetic flooring than luxury vinyl plank might be just the thing for you. Keep reading to discover the benefits of luxury vinyl plank flooring for your local home. The team at Floor Coverings International Katy has all the details for you.

Introducing Luxury Vinyl Plank

Luxury vinyl plank is a flooring innovation that combines the water-resistance, easy maintenance, and durability of vinyl with the real look of hardwood.

Unlike sheet vinyl, luxury vinyl plank comes in individual planks, with these flooring pieces coming together to capture the look and even the texture of a hardwood floor.

luxury vinyl plank kitchenBenefits of Luxury Vinyl Plank

Luxury vinyl plank is a convenient flooring option for busy homeowners because it is very easy to clean and doesn’t really require special maintenance: a simple, all-purpose flooring cleaner and a damp mop will do the trick.

Water-resistance is another big benefit of luxury vinyl plank flooring. Because vinyl plank options are water-resistant and in some cases, waterproof, this flooring material allows you to bring the look of hardwood into rooms that are moisture-prone. Since real hardwood is so sensitive to water, luxury vinyl plank flooring is a fabulous alternative for kitchens, laundry rooms, mudrooms, and more.

luxury vinyl plank flooring samplesTypes of Luxury Vinyl Plank

There are two main types of luxury vinyl plank: engineered vinyl plank and traditional, glue-down vinyl plank. In general, engineered vinyl plank is the higher-quality product, but from an installation perspective, the glue-down variety also has its unique benefits.

Engineered vinyl plank is a bit like engineered hardwood in that it has a surface layer (the vinyl) resting on a stable core. This type of luxury vinyl plank has a more cushioned feeling underfoot because it is not glued directly to the floor, and it is typically installed with a nice underlayment, such as cork.

The other type of luxury vinyl plank is a glue-down option (in contrast, engineered vinyl plank is intended for floating installation). Glue-down vinyl plank is a  great alternative for uneven sub-floors or for areas of the home where a thicker flooring material can’t really be installed.

Some Considerations

Although the popularity of luxury vinyl plank is increasing, this type of flooring won’t increase the resale value of your home. And long-term investment is always something to consider, especially if you are thinking about installing a very expensive luxury vinyl plank product.

One reason that hardwood and engineered hardwood are still more coveted by homebuyers is that these options can be refinished to bring their appearance back to an original state. Luxury vinyl plank, on the other hand, can’t be refinished and it is susceptible to scratching. Of course, luxury vinyl plank still has one trump card when compared to natural flooring options: it’s water-resistance.

Your Luxury Vinyl Floors

For your next luxury vinyl plank flooring project, contact the team at Floor Coverings International Katy.We offer complimentary, in-home design consultations and estimates for folks in Katy, Cinco Ranch, The Energy Corridor, and Richmond. Book online: it’s easy! The best part is you’ll be able to view all our samples in the comfort of your own home thanks to our mobile flooring showroom.

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