When you are remodeling your home, the amount of money that you are going to spend is such that you need to make sure that every single decision that you need to make is one that you are wanting to stick with for a long time. Maybe even until you move out or sell the house. One of the first things that people will notice when they walk into your house is the type of flooring that you have. Many people are more conscious about footwear in the house if they have certain types of flooring. Because it is customary to ask homeowners if you should take your shoes off before walking past the entryway, the floor is usually the first point of conversation with new visitors. Think about luxury vinyl floor.
LVT vs. LVP
What is so great about luxury vinyl flooring is that it comes in two types—tile (LVT) and plank (LVP). The LVP mimics wood, while the LVT looks more like its namesake, tile. Vinyl flooring can look like stone, plastic, ceramic or even a cobblestone pattern and the plank vinyl can mimic almost every type of hard or soft wood. The wide assortment of variety is part of what makes luxury vinyl so popular. You can have a great look for much less than if you were paying for hardwood or actual stone tiles.
LVT is able to mimic the more expensive options through amazing photography software. The four layers adhered to each other include a heavy- duty vinyl backing, a vinyl color layer, a photographic film layer, and a urethane or aluminum oxide top layer. The top layer is the most important because it affects the durability of the flooring.
Some other great aspects of LVT is that using this product is within standards for “green building” and will earn LEED points for commercial application. This means that your home will have less impact on the environment. Luxury vinyl flooring is water resistant, unlike hardwood, and will last much longer. Another reason why LVT lasts so much longer than other types of flooring is because they have a built in 20-40 mil layer that is specifically for wear and tear to happen. Underneath this layer is the urethane which makes your flooring look brand new still even a decade or more later.
No mess, no fuss
This product is also much easier to take care of then other options. The material is nearly scuff and stain resistant and only needs a quick sweeping and occasional damp mop to keep it clean and bacteria free. Because of the coating on the flooring, there is no need to worry about accidental animal messes such as urine, or toddler messes such as spilt juice or mommy messes, like dropping your wine glass that will send you running for the cleaning products and stain remover. Baby and Clorox wipes are just a few everyday household items put to use in cleaning this type of flooring. Most manufacturers of LVT also offer warranties that can last up to 25 years, which is much more than you will get with other flooring options. Luxury vinyl flooring is, by far, the ideal option for any home.