Vinyl plank flooring is currently in vogue as the floor covering of choice for both dampness prone rooms, like bathrooms and kitchens, and for high footfall areas like bedrooms and halls.
One reason for this is that authentic, real plank wooden flooring has grown in popularity itself. Vinyl plank flooring tries to imitate this, although in a much cheaper, DIY format.
Another reason is that flooring vendors have significantly enhanced the appearance and texture of vinyl plank, appealing to people who would have previously shied away from using such materials in their properties. Basically, vinyl plank flooring’s honeymoon period has begun. However, is it suitable for your circumstances?
Vinyl plank flooring, also known as LVP (luxury vinyl plank) or LVF (luxury vinyl floor), is just vinyl flooring which comes in narrow, lengthy strips, instead of the conventional vinyl flooring squares.
Manufacturers of luxury plank flooring have created big format boards, which give homes an original wooden plank floor design. Moreover, these bigger boards are easier to install, because there are less boards involved.
The Length: Usually, boards are thirty-six or forty-eight inches in length. It is unusual for boards to deviate from these dimensions. By way of comparison, the length of authentic wooden plank flooring can range from eight feet to twelve feet.
The Width: Vinyl plank flooring widths vary significantly. Mostly, widths are about six inches, although some can be as wide as 7.75 inches. Authentic wooden plank flooring has a width of at least six inches.
Also, vinyl plank flooring normally has superior graphics and deeper embossing, making it a better imitation of stone and wood than prior vinyl flooring iterations.
Surface embossing, alongside graphics, is the feature that causes vinyl plank to resemble wooden plank. If you angle the product in the right way, you can gauge the degree of surface embossing. This material creates a believable wooden appearance. Nonetheless, genuine wooden flooring does not usually have the same texture as vinyl plank.
One reason to sand down and refinish real wooden floors is to eliminate the texture and produce a smoother surface to walk on.
There are even vinyl planks available with a distressed or heavily antiqued appearance, or those that are dinged, hand scraped, covered with nail holes and scratched. However, you have to opt for thick material for this, because it is not possible to emboss thin vinyl boards very deeply.
Shaw Classico and Premio
Shaw is a big flooring manufacturer that features Classico and Premio as its’ high end luxury plank range. Although Shaw has attractive and thick (6.5 millimeters) luxury vinyl products, some products are not high end. For instance, the Navigator and Aviator lines are Shaw’s cheaper products.
Armstrong has a long history as a flooring company, and is still going strong. Therefore, in contrast to ‘here today gone tomorrow’ companies, Armstrong ought to be around for a long time to deal with things like warranty claims. Armstrong produces mid-range LVP, with an imitation wood species and adequate thicknesses.
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