Fabulous Flooring | Luxury Vinyl is Worth a Second Look

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Looking for a fabulous flooring option that won’t take a bite out of your budget? Luxury Vinyl Flooring (LVF) is worth a second look.

While hardwood, stone, and tile remain popular first-tier choices, Luxury Vinyl Planks (LVP) and Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT) are options that work better for many homeowners than purchasing a laminate.

What is Luxury Vinyl Flooring? 

According to The Spruce, a home decor and renovation site, traditional sheet vinyl flooring was long regarded as the very best choice for locations where stain-resistance and moisture-resistance were issues.  From the 1930’s forward, sheet vinyl was a popular choice for bathrooms, laundry rooms, basements, and kitchens.

The downside of sheet vinyl is that it feels hard and stiff underfoot, especially if installed over concrete, and is prone to tearing or gouging, which requires tedious patching from another roll.

Luxury Vinyl Flooring (LVF) was introduced in the 1970s.  LVF contains six to eight layers of material. These layers include:

  • a clear top-coat layer to add shine
  • a clear wear layer to protect the design
  • a design layer with the printed image
  • a cushion layer of foam to make the floor comfortable to walk on
  • a fiberglass backing layer
  • a solid PVC backing layer to add strength and rigidity

Luxury Vinyl Flooring simulates wood, stone or tile

Single sheet vinyl has a reputation as a “bargain basement” flooring option. Sheet vinyl installation involves gluing the material to a sub-floor or concrete slab. If the material tears, tedious patching ensues. 

Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT) and Luxury Vinyl Planks (LVP) are seen as being more prestigious. Like a laminate or hardwoods, Luxury Vinyl Flooring (LVF) most often clicks into place  and floats over a sub-floor. If a plank or tile becomes worn over time, that area of the flooring is simply disassembled and the damaged unit is replaced. 

Luxury Vinyl Planks (LVP) are often designed to simulate the look of wood, as is most laminate flooring. Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT) are usually designed to simulate stone or ceramic tiles. Stone-look Luxury Vinyl Flooring (LVF) may even include ground mineral content in its composition.

“Luxury” vinyl can be a misleading term. Take your time and see the product in-person if possible before placing your order. According to BobVila.com, Luxury Vinyl pricing varies based on the thickness (# of layers) in each plank or tile.  Expect a lower cost for a product 4mm thick. You’ll pay a higher price for a higher quality product at 8mm thick. Thicker materials absorb more sound and feel substantial and cushioned underfoot.

Explore Andriots COREtec Vinyl Products

COREtec Luxury Vinyl Flooring works well in any room of the house.

Look at – and learn about – 100+ COREtec Luxury Vinyl Planks and Luxury Vinyl Tile options using ANDRIOTS COREtec online catalog. 

ANDRIOTS is your COREtec Luxury Vinyl Flooring dealer. COREtec is not available at Big Box stores. COREtec sells exclusively through their specialty dealer network.  

We recommend installing Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) that mimics hardwood in bedrooms, living rooms, home offices, and family rooms. COREtec flooring withstands high traffic and spills.  COREtec Luxury Vinyl Flooring is waterproof, kid-proof, and pet-proof.  

Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) that mimics stone works beautifully in kitchens, bathrooms, utility rooms, laundry rooms, mudrooms, and sunrooms. COREtec’s stellar reputation is based on their patented WPC core. This 100% waterproof core allows the flooring installation above, below or on-grade.

COREtec Luxury Vinyl Flooring also comes with a manufacturer’s limited lifetime residential warranty.

For more design inspiration, check out this article from Homes & Gardens magazine. 

Conclusion

Luxury Vinyl Flooring (LVF) is available in planks (LVP) and tiles (LVT). It is easy to install, easy to clean, and comes in hundreds of colors and styles. Standard vinyl flooring has a lifespan of about 10 years. Remarkably, Luxury Vinyl Flooring (LVF) can last up to 25 years when properly cleaned and maintained. In fact, Luxury Vinyl Flooring adds resale value to your home beyond that of using standard sheet vinyl.

VISIT ANDRIOTS | See the products in-person

Come see us! We invite you to visit our showroom at 1857 Midland Trail in Shelbyville. Have a cup of coffee. Look around. See and touch the products in-person. Our knowledgeable staff is here to answer your questions.

Schedule Your Free Design Consultation

Book your free design consultation today on our site. Or, give us a call at (502) 633-1944.

Schedule a convenient time for one of our experts to visit your home or office. During the consultation, we’ll listen to your ideas, take measurements, and suggest solutions within your budget.

Following the consultation, you receive a full list of your chosen products. For easy ordering, your product list is divided into rooms and surfaces.

We coordinate our installers for your project, follow the work through to completion, and keep you posted every step of the way.

After your project is complete, Andriots books a quick final visit with you. Your satisfaction matters! We want to be certain that our process – and the associated products, communication, and installation – meets your expectations. 

*Feature image sourced from Houzz.com