Luxury Vinyl Flooring

The ability to replicate real hardwoods and stones using advanced photographic technologies is the foundation of luxury vinyl flooring systems. There are four distinct layers fused together to produce the final product: a resilient vinyl backing, a vinyl color layer, a photographic film layer, and a urethane or aluminum oxide top layer. The protective top layer (also called the wear layer or mil layer) is very important to the durability of the product. Quality products will have as high as a 40 mil layer. Commercial applications can successfully utilize 20 mil or above. Lower mil layers are available, but should be specified only for light traffic applications.
Luxury Vinyl Flooring
Luxury Vinyl Flooring
Luxury Vinyl Flooring

Features & Benefits of Luxury Vinyl Plank & Tile Flooring

Below are some of the key features and benefits for luxury vinyl plank & tile flooring

Luxury Vinyl Flooring Features

Luxury Vinyl Flooring Benefits

Incredibly realistic photo replication of natural materials (photogravure process)

The look and feel of nature’s best materials at a lower cost are a reality of Luxury Vinyl flooring manufacturing

Brands that offer 100% vinyl material

Vinyl flooring satisfies green building standards and earns LEED points in commercial applications

Inherent safety features

Meets requirements of commercial flammability codes, slip resistant requirement and a menu of other safety codes

Ease of maintenance

Simple damp mopping is the recommended cleaning procedure for LV floors

Excellent selection of sizes, shapes

The size options vary by manufacturer, but many styles are available in 12 x 12”, 18 x 18”, 12 x 24” sizes, and planks in standard (3 x 36” 4.5 x 36) and extra-large widths (7 or 9’ widths)

Naturally water resistant

LV floors are inherently water resistant (and fairly impervious to wet spills from above). It’s important to install over flat, dry, approved substrates so that no water seepage occurs beneath the floor

Scratch, stain, dent and scuff resistant

Specialized wear layers (most common are 20 mil; some offer up to a 40 mil layer). Then the floors are coated with urethane to enhance durability

Cost effective

Economics factor favorably into the specification of Luxury Vinyl Flooring for both commercial and residential applications, giving the look and feel of rich, natural materials at a lower cost

Exceptional durability

Since most luxury vinyl flooring is also constructed to withstand commercial wear and tear, it’s ideal for residential high-traffic areas as well as other areas of the home. Warranties vary by manufacturer, but it’s not unusual to see 20-25 year warranties on brand name luxury vinyl flooring

More resilient than other hard surface floors

Because there are multi-layers of vinyl in luxury vinyl flooring as well as a resilient backing as the foundation, LV tile and planks have more resilience underfoot. It’s easier to stand on for long periods of time AND as an added benefit, it tends to be warmer underfoot than ceramic

Amazing aesthetics

There has been a stunning transformation in the design aesthetics of Luxury vinyl flooring over the last ten years. If you are linking it to “industrial” looking floors, this is where you need to throw away your misconceptions. This may be the one biggest factor that has caused interior designers to stand up and take note of the new brand of LV. The realism of the total look, INCLUDING distressed wood finishes, stone and slate tactile surface textures, and even woven textiles imbedded in the wear layers, are grabbing attention

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