It’s easy to think that your flooring options consist of carpets, hardwood flooring, laminate flooring, or tiles. What a lot of people forget is that there are other options to consider – such as stone and vinyl flooring. As you can see from the title of this post, there’s a specific type of flooring we’re discussing today: luxury vinyl flooring.
Firstly, what is it?
Luxury vinyl flooring is made from many layers of PVC vinyl. It’s compressed and rolled while suspended in a liquid, before being dried and treated to create really tough sheets of vinyl. They are produced in tiles, and they can actually be extremely thin. More and more flooring stores are starting to sell luxury vinyl flooring, but what’s all the fuss about?
A Durable Flooring Option
Because of how it’s made, luxury vinyl flooring is extremely strong. It can withstand heavy loads of constant impacts, making it just as durable – if not more so – than laminate and hardwood floors. So, for a home that sees a lot of foot traffic in certain areas, this could be a brilliant flooring option.
Waterproof and Easy to Clean
Another benefit of luxury vinyl flooring is that it’s waterproof. This means it can be used instead of tiles in the bathroom and kitchen, providing a more affordable option that’s easier to install. Also, this flooring is way easier to clean as there’s no grout between the planks/tiles. The fact that it’s waterproof also means that you can wipe off stains or clean grime away with ease. So, from a maintenance perspective, it’s certainly very handy.
Good at Replicating Other Flooring Options
Something that’s really nice about luxury vinyl flooring is that it can replicate other flooring options absurdly well. You can get so many different designs, with some of them looking like hardwood floorboards, and some replicating tiles or natural stone to great effect. In this sense, you can kind of get the best of both worlds if you want any of these flooring options, but feel as though luxury vinyl will offer additional benefits. You enjoy the style elements of other floors, with the practicality of vinyl.
More Comfortable Than Other ‘Hard’ Floors
With the exception of carpets, luxury vinyl flooring is the most comfortable flooring option. When compared to other hard floors – wood, stone, tiles, laminate – it is softer underfoot. This means it’s better for young children as they won’t hurt themselves as badly if they fall over. Similarly, it’s warmer underfoot as well, so you can walk around in socks or barefoot without catching frostbite!
Overall, you can see just how impressive this flooring option is. Will it be a good option for your home? It could be, but it can also be pretty expensive depending on who installs it. So, perhaps it’s a good choice in some areas of your home? You could have it in the kitchen and bathrooms, but maybe have carpet in the living rooms and bedrooms? For me, that’s the key to choosing flooring for your home; you need a mixture as no single type of flooring is perfect all throughout your home!