There is no part of a home or commercial building that receives more wear and tear than the floor. While it is the foundation of a room’s design, it must also be durable enough to withstand constant foot traffic, exposure to water, pets and the day-to-day-play of young children.
Fortunately, advances in technology in the form of luxury vinyl products have come to the floor and demand is going through the ceiling!
The luxury vinyl planks (LVP) and luxury vinyl tile (LVT) are two of the fastest growing categories in flooring. Acme Brick Tile & Stone has seen homeowners and commercial building managers “vote with their feet” in embracing this trend.
There are many characteristics of luxury vinyl flooring that can be attributed to this dramatic increase in popularity, some of which include:
- They are softer and quieter underfoot.
- They are easy to clean and maintain.
- These floors are available in a wide variety of styles, colors, and sizes.
- They are ideal for both commercial and residential use.
- Realistic wood, tile and stone looks are available.
- Patterns can be created for a modern look with metallic styles or traditional looks with travertine and slate looks.
- Some tiles have the option of grouting for even more realism.
- The installation is easier than wood, ceramic tile or stone.
- Replacement is easy.
How Luxury Vinyl Planks Are Made
Luxury vinyl flooring has a layered construction. The base layer is made primarily of PVC vinyl, which offers flexibility as well as dimensional stability. A decorative PVC film is then laid on top of the base layer. The top layer, also called the wear-layer, is typically a clear vinyl product that provides superior protection from everyday wear and tear.
According to Acme Brick Tile & Stone flooring expert, Don Koesling, “Over the past few years, the popularity of this category of flooring has exploded. This is due to the strong plastic composite of its construction, the ease of its installation and its cost when compared to traditional wood, tile or slate floors.
“There is a cushion layer at the base which provides more comfort for walking, a durable, high-resolution image that perfectly mimics wood, stone or tile and a top layer that protects the entire panel. These flooring units have a “tongue-and-groove” design which allows them to be easily snapped together and this is another reason for their popularity. "
Installation Is a Snap
With this unique design, the LVP and LVT units can be easily installed by homeowners with a DIY penchant. The process goes even faster with professional installers, saving time and energy. With either scenario, the installation process of luxury vinyl flooring is much less expensive than that of natural wood, slate or tile.
Koesling noted: “This easy installation is also advantageous to the homeowner if there is ever damage - a burn or gouging from furniture - to a part of the floor. The damaged section can be easily removed, and a new section snapped into place!”
Maintenance Is the Best Part
As with brick construction, maintenance is a breeze with luxury vinyl flooring. No stripping, waxing or buffing. Just dry or wet mop and it is good as new.
“Once these units are snapped into place, you’re good to go for a long time,” said Koesling. “These floors are water-proof, kid-proof, pet-proof and even husband-proof.
“This is another reason why this flooring product is being installed in such a wide range of residences - from starter to multi-million-dollar homes - and high-use commercial settings such as restaurants and retail.”
The Future of Flooring Is Now
If you are looking for a DIY project to keep you busy during these “social distancing” times or you have decided that your floors could use a “facelift,” call your nearest Acme Brick Tile & Stone for more information.
Flooring experts such as Don Koesling are available at Acme Brick Tile & Stone showrooms and on the phone to help homeowners, interior designers, architects, and commercial building managers find the perfect LVP or LVT flooring for any application. The wide range of styles of these vinyl floor products can be daunting and the Acme experts can serve as a valuable resource. Click here for contact information or to find the showroom near you.