You may have noticed that Vinyl Flooring is suddenly all the rage. And there’s a reason why, it actually makes up 65% of our sales! Some Vinyl products resemble wood so closely that people mistakenly pick it up when they’re shopping for Solid or Engineered Wood. Luxury Vinyl Plank (“LVP”) is designed to look like real wood planks cut from real trees. Except, it has two major advantages: scratch-resistance, stain-resistance and water-resistance. It can be a little confusing because Vinyl Flooring is called many different things…. “WPC, “LVP,” “SPC” to name a few. These acronyms and more tell you what the material is composed of.
Let’s start by going over what all vinyl floors have in common:
Environmental factors like humidity or accidents like spills or leaks will not ruin these floors. But, keep in mind, they will expand-and-contract under different temperatures which is why proper installation is critical.
Almost all vinyl can be installed below, on and above grade. It’s a very versatile material.
It’s easy to maintain Vinyl Floors with a basic cleaning routine.
These are the key features that you’re going to want to compare:
Core Material / Thickness
Some vinyl planks are made from PVC which makes it flexible. “Rigid Core” products like “SPC” (stone plastic composite,) are less pliable. SPC vinyl floors tend to be as thick or thicker than a standard. SPC vinyl flooring usually ranges from 4mm to 6mm, while a traditional Luxury Vinyl product will be 4mm or less.
Designers create the surface image using digital technology, and it has come along way. Some materials are actually copied directly from finished wood floors. Sometimes, ridges and indentations are added to complement the design. Look for a “registered” or “embossed” material unless you want a totally smooth floor. You’ll also be able to choose between beveled or smooth edges.
There are glue-down, loose lay or click-lock options that can be floated or glued. The best choice for you depends on the feel that you want to achieve and the subfloor it’s going over.
Some Vinyl has an attached Underlayment, which is an acoustical padding that will provide some softness understep, forgive subfloor imperfections and give you the option to have the material glued-down or floated. You can also purchase Underlayment separately, but if you want the benefits of it, it can be most efficient to choose a Material that has a pad attached.