When you hear the word “vinyl,” you probably think of old music records or even car decals. The concept of luxury vinyl flooring is an entirely new idea for some people, but it’s a great flooring solution that’s rising in popularity.
If you’re looking for a flooring option that looks like hardwood but is less expensive and easier to take care of, luxury vinyl flooring may be the perfect solution for you. In today’s post, we’ll look into the trend of luxury vinyl flooring, its benefits, how it can be installed, as well as how to clean and take care of it. If you’re interested in having luxury vinyl flooring installed in your Tampa home, contact 2 Day Flooring today.
What is Vinyl Flooring?
Vinyl flooring is a contemporary style of flooring that is manufactured to resemble materials like tile or wood. Amazingly, the patterns and textures can be replicated for a flooring solution that looks and feels like the real thing. Instead of shelling out more money for natural materials, though, you save by choosing a more affordable flooring option that’s just as durable and easy to take care of.
Types of Luxury Vinyl
Luxury vinyl can be installed in a few different ways. Vinyl can be cut into planks to resemble wood, into tiles to resemble tile, or can be installed in large sheets for great water resistance in areas like the kitchen and bathroom.
Luxury vinyl flooring can be installed using a few different methods, too. Vinyl flooring can be installed with glue, as a stick-on option, or planks can lock together. Talk to a floor installer to figure out what the best vinyl type and installation will work best for your home.
Luxury vinyl flooring is made more durable by the finish that is applied to it. Depending on the area of your home that you’re having vinyl flooring installed in, you might consider these different options:
- Vinyl no-wax: resistant to scuffs and stains
- Urethane: lower maintenance, safe to use household cleaners on
- Enhanced Urethane: most durable option, maintains a higher shine
Choose a finish based on the amount of moisture that will be in the area you’re having flooring installed, as well as the amount of traffic in that area of the home.
The Benefits of Luxury Vinyl
Luxury vinyl flooring has countless benefits. On top of being a realistic flooring option that is more affordable than its hardwood and tile counterparts, luxury vinyl is easy to have installed, is scuff-resistant, stain-resistant, and can be made more waterproof by the finish as well as backing installed beneath it.
Luxury vinyl flooring is also easy to take care of. Since it’s resistant to scuffs and scratches, it doesn’t wear as quickly as other types of flooring. Most household cleaners are safe to use on luxury vinyl flooring — or you can just sweep and mop with a damp mop. Continue reading to learn how to care for and maintain your luxury vinyl floors.
Care & Maintenance
Like we mentioned, cleaning vinyl flooring can be as simple as sweeping and mopping with a damp mop. If you have a sturdier finish, you can use household cleaners as necessary to clean up more serious messes.
Since luxury vinyl is stain-resistant, you won’t have to worry about putting in a lot of elbow grease to clean up after children or animals. And water-resistance means that a spill won’t ruin your beautiful floors.
Vinyl flooring is scuff- and scratch-resistant, but floors should still be protected by using furniture pads when moving furniture. Vinyl flooring is also susceptible to sun damage, so make sure areas in your home that receive direct sunlight are shaded by window blinds or covered by an area rug.
Trust Top Rate Local® Floors
It may still seem odd to choose vinyl for your floors, but talk to one of our flooring installers and they’ll share all the perks of having luxury vinyl flooring installed compared to other types of flooring. Vinyl comes in a variety of colors, styles, textures, and patterns so that you never have to settle on something you don’t love.
If you’re ready to start your floor installation project, trust only the best in the Tampa area. 2 Day Flooring is a Top Rated Local® floor installation company that always keeps our customer’s satisfaction in mind. Contact us today to get started.