When it comes to luxury vinyl floors, you can create just about any style you want. It follows all the trends, whether you want a weathered barn door, beach, or chic industrial look.
You can easily create a rustic farmhouse kitchen or a retro-style playroom. Turn your bath into a serene high-end spa or create the look of a luxurious 5-star hotel bath encased in granite. When it comes to luxury vinyl flooring styles, you'll only be limited by your imagination.
What is luxury vinyl?
If you haven't seen it yet, run to look at samples because you'll be amazed. It's an incredibly realistic look of wood, stone, or tile in an almost unlimited number of colors and designs. Technology, such as 3D photography and digital printing, make the images so precise and accurate you'll see every knot, grain, wormhole, swirl, and veining variation. (Make sure you don't see repeating patterns; true LVF gives the photos enough variation to make them realistic.)
The floors are embossed and the edges beveled with slight inclines. This adds depth and dimension. Embossing also provides textured looks such as wire-brushed, hand scraped, weathered and distressed, and finishes come in matte, gloss, and high gloss colors.
Luxury vinyl can be cut into planks (LVP) or square, tile-sized pieces. Planks are strips of vinyl, mounted to look like hardwood boards. Although mostly associated with hardwood, some use them also to mimic stone looks. The large-format, fewer seams gives it a more continuous look like that of a quarried slab, say many. Others add grout to the tile pieces, considered a design tool; the extra seams add to the realism.
Is it durable?
All vinyl is durable (and waterproof), and true LVF should be at least 8-mm or 9-mm thick. However, you might go higher if you select plank and want an authentic hardwood feel. The top, clear, melamine wear layer protects the floor from scratches and scuffs and should measure 20-mils. It is also easy to maintain with just a daily sweeping and periodic mopping.
Mainland Flooring is proud of its high-quality installations. We serve customers in Pleasantville, Linwood, Longport, Ocean City, Margate, NJ. Visit our showroom in Pleasantville, NJ, if you'd like to know more about luxury vinyl and get your free estimate.