When it comes to budget flooring options, vinyl is and always has been the king. But recently another competitor has arisen that promises the same benefits of vinyl but in a more advanced way. Luxury vinyl flooring is beginning to take hold, and even though it does cost more, the justification behind this increase in cost is rock solid. So what exactly is the luxury part of the name referring to? Here are three reasons why luxury vinyl flooring deserves its name and why it should be considered your primary choice between these two options.
Vinyl is made up of several layers, and at the very top are the ones that are designed to protect the rest of the material from water, weight, and tearing. The difference is that on luxury vinyl, this layer is much thicker and, therefore, lasts a lot longer. This makes luxury vinyl not only appropriate for the bathroom but also good enough to use in more intense workplaces such as the kitchen and even an outdoor shed. This also increases the length of time luxury vinyl is expected to last, further justifying its price increase because you will have to replace it less.
Vinyl can feel quite thin underfoot, and this feeling is why many people avoid it as it is often described as "cheap," and not in a positive way. Luxury vinyl can be three or four times thicker than regular vinyl, and sometimes even more than that. This gives the entire floor a much more solid presence that, when combined with its increased strength, can actually emulate real tiles and hard floors. While regular vinyl can only mimic these floor types through a false image, luxury vinyl gives you the actual heft and presence that you want out of a good floor.
Vinyl definitely still has its place, as it is very cheap and easy to install, but when it comes to the look of the material, it is far more noticeably fake than luxury vinyl. While that might not matter much in rooms that only you go into if you want to entertain guests or live in a communal space, then it might be a good idea to dress your house up a bit more. For the extra few dollars a square foot, luxury vinyl gives you a setting that does not look much worse than high-quality stone or wood floors that cost ten or twenty times more!
Talk to a luxury vinyl flooring supplier for more information.