What's So Great About Vinyl Plank Flooring?
For those of you who prefer plank flooring, vinyl is the best you can get. They look great, and they have qualities as durable as the bonds shared by BFFs. Vinyl planks come in different types and styles. In today’s post, we’re going to talk about these very points. There are more surprising elements of vinyl planks if you read to the end.
Good quality vinyl planks depend on two factors - the layers that define their thickness and wear. The thicker the layer, the sturdier it is, therefore, meeting the challenges of a crowded foot traffic space. Similarly, the wear layer of the vinyl plank is an important part of it as this layer is responsible for resisting scratches and stains. Thin vinyl planks are installed in areas with less foot traffic, devoid of heavy equipment and furniture.
Vinyl planks have a type… three types
There are three types of vinyl plank flooring based on their features offered.
They are Luxury Vinyl Planks, Waterproof Vinyl Planks, and Rigid Core Vinyl Planks.
1. LVP or Luxury Vinyl Planks
These planks are constructed with rigidity, so they are durable. This means the planks can withstand high foot traffic areas, including children and pets. Therefore, the LVP defines luxury as it defines high quality.
2. WPC or Waterproof Vinyl Planks
As the name suggests, these planks offer 100% waterproof capacity. These floorings, therefore, can be installed where water and other fluids are present or are more likely to spill. The plank can be installed in kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms, and other areas. Vinyl planks have a four-layered construction. It is made up of a wear layer, a luxury print layer, a waterproof core layer, and then the backing layer.
3. SPC or Rigid Core Vinyl Planks
The rigid core vinyl plank is also 100% waterproof. Here, however, the difference SPC holds from WPC is that its core is extremely tough. It has a stone-plastic composite core that makes it indestructible. Therefore, SPC is perfect for high foot traffic areas like places where heavy equipment and furniture are placed.
Styles of Vinyl Planks
A vinyl plank comes in mainly two styles - the wooden and the stone look.
The wooden-looking vinyl plank displays the characteristics and texture of solid hardwood. It replaces actual wood with material that is designed to resemble wood. This means that vinyl planks also replace high expenditure on wooden floors with more economical flooring. It comes in all shades of real hardwood.
The stone-Looking vinyl plank provides a marble or stone look and texture. It is used in the kitchen and living areas to give any room a grandeur look. Visitors would be gawking and be envious of your luxurious lifestyle. It comes in colors ranging from dark gray to beige travertine.
Installing Vinyl Plank Flooring
We’re glad you waited till the end because we have just got started with the exciting stuff. We can’t wait to tell you how to install vinyl plank flooring. It’s easy and quick to do. There are mainly four ways to install vinyl planks in the place you decide.
The vinyl planks are locked together to create a floating floor. The weight of these planks holds them onto the subfloor as there is no adhesive to stick them. You will need a few extra tools like a utility knife and a rubber mallet to help with markings of the area and cutting processes.
2. Peel & Stick
This type of installation unlike interlocking has a sticky adhesive substance within the tile. You have to peel off the backing to expose the adhesive and press the tile onto the subfloor. These planks are good for low foot traffic areas.
3. Glue Down
A larger area with high foot traffic calls for glue down flooring. A pressure-sensitive adhesive is used to fully stick the plank to the subfloor. Glue down is usually done by a professional but if you feel adventurous, you may attempt for smaller areas first.
4. Loose Lay
This installation process does not involve the use of glue. Each plank has a backing that grips the subfloor to prevent its movement. Again this method applies to rooms that do not have much foot traffic. Where foot traffic is higher, a double-sided carpet tape can be secured around the perimeter of the room. This will help keep the planks from shifting and moving out of place. A permanent approach is to glue down the planks.
Now that you know everything about vinyl plank flooring, we bet you want to know more about its pricing. You can head over to our website to check out our products. You could also get in touch with us to help you select the best vinyl plank flooring for your home. If you have a commercial space then your requirements may be different as opposed to residential places. We would love to hear from you to help you achieve the best flooring in town.