Luxury Vinyl Plank
Are you looking for a hard-working alternative to hardwood: one that you’ll never have to worry about, no matter how hectic life gets? Vinyl plank flooring might just be the answer! Combining the organically-inspired visuals of wood with the durability of a synthetic, vinyl plank has fast become a favorite of families- on-the-go.
Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring vs Hardwood Flooring
Vinyl plank flooring, unlike hardwood, features a special layered construction. The top layer, which is called the wear layer, resists scratches, scuffs, and moisture better than real wood. It also will not stain. Underneath the wear layer is the design layer, which has a high-definition wood visual. This design layer gives vinyl plank with its authentic wood looks.
In addition, vinyl plank flooring has support layers, including core and base layers, that provides exceptional dimensional stability to each vinyl plank. With these support layers, vinyl plank will rarely, if ever, crack, chip, or collapse even in high-traffic areas.
Given this special construction, it is clear that vinyl plank is a more durable, yet equally-stylish, hardwood alternative. Let's see how it compares:
Wear resistance: vinyl plank will resist almost all scratches and scuffs, without special treatments or finishes
Water resistance: vinyl planks will not expand or contract when exposed to moisture
Maintenance: compared to hardwood, vinyl plank is easy to clean and maintain
Price: for the most part, vinyl plank is more affordable than hardwood, in the short-run and long-run
Waterproof Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring
All vinyl plank floors are considered water resistant, but there are some that are 100% waterproof. These waterproof vinyl plank floors features durable core layers, so the planks will not lose their shape even when exposed to heavy moisture. Also, the core prevents moisture from ever reaching the subfloor. Waterproof vinyl plank flooring can be installed in kitchens, bathrooms, and pretty much any other room in the home.