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Why luxury vinyl flooring is such a popular choice

Once people know about luxury vinyl (LVF), they want it in every room in the house because it is affordable, stylish, waterproof, durable, low maintenance, and easy to install. It’s sometimes referred to as LVT flooring or vinyl plank flooring (LVP) when it's in the shape of tiles or wood-like boards. LVF has such a realistic, high-end look that we even see it in some homes where once, nothing but genuine wood or stone would be considered; all vinyl is not the same, so here's our advice on how to get the true LVF.

The image makes the flooring style

Photographs of wood, stone, and tile are taken with 3D photography, and they all come in an almost unlimited number of colors and patterns. They are clear, accurate, and vibrant, with knots, swirls, grains, and veining variations in full display. This flooring has a three-dimensional quality with embossing and micro beveling for depth and dimension. LVF follows all industry trends, including textured appearances, such as wire-brushed, hand scraped, weathered, and distressed.

Vinyl planks, typically in five-foot lengths, mimic the look of hardwood boards but some also use planks for stone echoes because of the large format and fewer seams. This gives it a more continuous look like that of a quarried slab, many feel. The tiles are square, groutable and usually in a 1 X 1-foot size, used to imitate stone or tile.

Thickness and durability in flooring

While all vinyl is strong, luxury is thicker still and should measure a minimum of 9-mm, but if your subfloor is clean and level, you might be able to go with 8-mm. If, however, you are using LVP, you might go as high as 10-mm or 12-mm for an authentic hardwood feel underfoot. The wear layer, a top, clean, melamine sheet, protect the floor from scratches and scuffs, and this should measure at least 20-mils.

The flooring is easy to care for with just a daily sweeping and periodic deeper cleaning with a well-wrung mop and manufacturer-approved cleaner. Installation can be a floating floor where the pieces click together and then hover over the subfloor with no nails or glue. Subfloors need mainly to be clean, dry, and level, and sometimes the installer will need to sand it to be sure subfloor imperfections don’t telegraph through to the surface floor.

Your source for vinyl plank flooring and more in Bedford, IN

Find out how luxury vinyl flooring will transform both your home and your life. Come explore samples, learn more and get a free quote at the Axsom's Floor Covering showroom in Bedford, Indiana. We work especially with homeowners in Bedford, IN, Oolitic, IN, Mitchell, IN, Shawswick, IN, Bloomington, IN, Springville, IN, Heltonville, IN, Fayetteville, IN, && Orleans, IN. Visit the showroom in Bedford, Indiana for your free LVT flooring quote.