A new up and comer in the flooring industry is luxury plank vinyl. This flooring type has some great qualities that are making it the most popular choice right now. Believe it or not, at one point, home and business owners alike looked at the vinyl flooring world as one of the worst options available. However, a ton of science and engineering has gone into making luxury plank vinyl very realistic looking with more durability and longevity than even some standard hardwoods.
Plank is also known as Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) or Luxury Vinyl Floor (LVF). This type of flooring uses the same materials as typical vinyl flooring but comes in strips that are long and narrow opposed to the more common square vinyl tiles. These long boards help the flooring look more like authentic wood as well as make it easier to install because it takes fewer pieces to fill your space.
Three things increase the quality of luxury vinyl flooring: graphic designs, thickness, and embossed texture.
When most of us think of vinyl, we think of an affordable flooring option, and luxury plank vinyl is no exception. Homeowners often choose this type of flooring over traditional hardwood as it cost significantly less than natural options. You will find that the higher the quality of the vinyl, the more costly the flooring will be per square foot. Typically, the costs of VPF is about the same as that of tile, but you still come out ahead because you don’t have to buy thin set, grout, or mortar for the installation of vinyl flooring. Also, due to time and ease of installation, the cost of the installation itself is generally more affordable than that of tile or hardwood.
There are two standard lengths and widths for LVF: 36 or 48 inches long and 6 to 7 ¾ inches wide. This differs from real wood significantly as you can purchase most natural woods in much longer lengths and almost any width.
There are two common styles of plank graphics: first are single planks of vinyl which look like a single plank of wood, the second style is vinyl plank that looks like multiple pieces of wood. Typically, larger wood planks have more embossing and detail in the flooring. In contrast, planks that are designed to look like many different pieces of wood per each plank of vinyl have less detail.
One of the benefits of choosing vinyl over natural wood is that you can select colors and styles that might not be easy to obtain. Buying certain types of wood might be more expensive than more common woods; however, most styles or shades of vinyl cost the same.
For example, the distinctive color and beautiful grain of mahogany is a favorite of many; however, it is a rarer wood and therefore more expensive. Compare that to luxury vinyl flooring that looks like mahogany, which would likely cost you no more than that which looks like oak.
Kuhn Flooring is a Luxury Vinyl Plank installation company with a large selection of different LVF. Our design team can walk you through each step of the preparation process. After planning what types of floors you want and which rooms you will be updating, our logistics team will work with you on a cost estimate and a timetable. Your final step is to have our specialists in your home to install your new flooring.
If you are considering getting new flooring of any kind, or if you have any further questions regarding luxury vinyl flooring, please contact us at Kuhn Flooring today. Let us help you choose the best flooring options for you and your home’s needs.