Luxury vinyl flooring is not only highly durable but also waterproof and stylish. While LVF is budget-friendly, it is by no means considered an "economy flooring." Rather, the flooring industry sees it as a prestige product.

Floors need to be strong and scratch-resistant in high traffic rooms like the kitchen or bath. Since those are also wet areas, being waterproof is highly desirable. Wood floors are currently trending and vinyl plank flooring (LVP) is cut into boards for the appearance of hardwood planks. LVP is a terrific alternative in high moisture areas where a wood installation is not recommended.

The wear layer is the protector

LVF is a layered product and, at the top, is a clear, strong, melamine wear sheet that protects the floor from scratches and scuffs. It also helps with waterproofing because it keeps spills and stains from absorbing, just sitting at the top waiting to be wiped off. The most recommended wear layer thickness is 20-mils for residential and 28-mils for commercial installations.

What is LVT Flooring?

This is LVF cut into square, groutable, tile-sized pieces. LVF is an incredibly realistic mimic of wood, tile, or stone and comes in a large assortment of colors, patterns, and designs. The image layer is created with 3D photography, making it clear, vibrant, and accurate. Embossing adds depth, dimension, as well as textured features such as wire-brushed, hand scraped, weathered, and distressed. Finishes come in various matte, gloss, and high gloss colors.

LVF is also easy to maintain with only a daily sweeping and periodic mopping required. Installation is the uncomplicated floating floor where pieces click together and form a mat, which hovers over the subfloor. Subfloors need only to be clean, dry, and level, but the installer will sand it if necessary; otherwise, subfloor imperfections will telegraph to the surface floor.

For flooring in Rochester, NY, come into the Christian Flooring showroom in Spencerport or Webster, NY. Our knowledgeable staff will be happy to tell you more about luxury vinyl flooring or any of our other products or services. We service Spencerport, Webster, and Rochester, NY, and provide free estimates.