Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) & Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)
Vinyl flooring is relatively inexpensive when compared to other flooring solutions.
Vinyl flooring is made of several durable layers with an added coat of protection on top.
Vinyl floors can be used in a wide variety of applications, and pretty much anywhere in the home.
About Vinyl Flooring
LVP and LVT can be used pretty much anywhere in the home and are great products if you’re looking to save on money but still get an elegant look. They are a top choice for Weekend Warriors because they are readily available, easy to use, and not as expensive as traditional hardwood flooring. They also take less time to acclimate to the environment before installation than hardwood. This type of flooring can typically be installed on top of existing flooring that is structurally sound and in good shape. Vinyl cannot be installed on top of carpet (obviously) or cushioned linoleum. Many people will use luxury vinyl plank or tile on top of existing hardwood because it is much cheaper than refinishing unless you do it yourself.
Vinyl flooring is a great choice for any areas that have limitations: below-grade areas such as basements or bathrooms with showers. It also boasts a wide range of styles and colors, making it easy to pick out flooring that matches any decor.
There are two types of vinyl flooring: Wood Polymer Core (WPC) and Stone Polymer Core (SPC). Both function similarly, but SPC's are denser and better for point load (can withstand more concentrated weight on an area - think of a heavy object dropping on the floor). The benefit of WPC is it is a little softer, making it more comfortable to walk on.
The one major downfall of vinyl flooring is that you have to be cognizant of ultraviolet (UV) exposure and thermal expansion. When vinyl expands and contracts, it physically loses mass, unlike a traditional or engineered hardwood floor that can adjust. It’s not impossible to use vinyl flooring in areas where thermal expansion or heavy UV exposure is more likely to occur - UV protectants and epoxies can help extend the life. However, it may just be better to use another flooring material in these instances.