Hardwood has long since been synonymous with high-end, quality homes. The rich, earthy texture and natural beauty have made it an obvious choice for many. Because hardwood has a long life, this choice has resulted in people refinishing their floors, instead of replacing, whenever possible. (This has also helped people avoid the high cost of replacement).
However, hardwood flooring has also caused considerable anxiety in homeowners with children and pets. Because hardwood floors can be warped by excess moisture or noticeably scratched, they aren't always the best option for busy households.
So, what is hardwood-loving homeowner to do? Meet Luxury Vinyl Planks (LVP)...
Luxury vinyl planks make for excellent flooring in every room. This is especially true of high-moisture areas like kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. Their wood-like appearance adds warmth and character. But their durability keeps them from succumbing to spilled liquids, heavy use, or frequent cleanings.
Quality vinyl planks will last anywhere from 10-15 years. (Though they could last even longer, depending on how they are treated.) This flooring doesn't need to be refinished EVER! It is available in a variety of faux wood finishes: maple, oak, walnut, and hickory. Both wide and narrow planks are available, making it easy to create a truly custom floor.
The ease of installation matters, even if you're hiring a company to handle it all. The more convenient installation is for the installers, the faster they will work. Quick work means a more pleasing final invoice. Plus, happy installers make for good projects...trust us!
Luxury vinyl planks snap together effortlessly, but do require some pre-planning. Measuring and cutting to ensure the joints don't end up all in a row is essential (just like hardwood). For best results, use a professional installer who works with LVP and hardwood frequently.
We never suggest that you cut corners when it comes to more permanent home materials, like flooring. But, we also have to admit that vinyl planks are a significantly smaller investment than hardwood. A happy accident? Not really.
Luxury vinyl planks were developed to be an aesthetically-pleasing, durable, and affordable alternative to hardwood. This material ranges from $2-5 per square foot. Hardwood costs $8-25 per square foot, comparatively. Homeowners who opt for vinyl planks often end up having more funds leftover in their budgets. These can then be used for other luxuries, such as a curbless shower or elaborate backsplash tile.
Faux wood and waterproof flooring are trending. Luxury vinyl planks often contain recycled PVC, which adds to its durability.
If someone in your home suffers from chemical sensitivities, be sure to treat your new vinyl planks as you would any other building material. This means allowing it to off-gas in a climate controlled space.
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