Advantages of Luxury Vinyl

21 Mar 2017 0 Comments 0 Trackbacks Palo Duro Hardwoods

High-definition has come to flooring in a new way in recent years. Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and premium vinyl plank (PVP) flooring are increasingly popular, and they use 3D imaging technology to make their impact on interior design.

This blog post lists advantages of vinyl flooring, which can replicate the look and textures of high-end options in ceramic tile, limestone, marble, slate, travertine, and hardwood.

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6 Benefits of Luxury Vinyl Flooring

Design Options. Vinyl tiles and planks cover the range of fashion in flooring, fitting formal and contemporary spaces. Today’s evolved vinyl flooring technology makes textures possible, too, competing with trends you’ll recognize with other flooring materials. You want a distressed hardwood plank look and feel? You prefer a textured stone tile appearance? Both are available.

Colors run the spectrum. Sizes and shapes of tiles vary, of course, but common tiles are 16” x 16” or 18” by 18”. Common plank widths range from 5” to 7 ½”. Plank lengths typically are 36” or 48”.

Ease of Installation. LVT and PVP can be installed on all levels of a building, including in basements. They are thinner flooring options than hardwood planks, stone, or ceramic tiles. That makes vinyl a light-weight material to work with, and often enables installation over existing flooring. It is especially important that whatever serves as the subfloor for vinyl be as flat and clean as possible.

LVT and PVP, being thinner and softer than the other flooring materials mentioned here, can mold to debris or uneven subfloor edges. Those potential hiccups can be prevented, though, with some attention to detail.

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Comfort. LVT is softer underfoot than other flooring materials, like ceramic tile or stone, and helps to dampen sound. It also can offer an antimicrobial surface that kills bacteria on contact.

Resilience + Floor Care. Vinyl is easy to clean. Sweep. Damp mop. Quality LVT and PVP won’t chip, become discolored or delaminate. It is more dimensionally stable than wood flooring, meaning it does not take in moisture from the environment during humid seasons and expand its width, or shrink during drier seasons.

Vinyl also resists liquids from spills. This makes LVT and PVP a strong option in areas where you’d expect there to be more moisture, like bathrooms, mudrooms, basements and laundry rooms.

Affordability. Like with any products, you can pay a little or pay a lot – and get what you pay for. If you’re looking for value, luxury vinyl offers affordable quality.

Environmental Safety + FloorScore Certification. Luxury vinyl typically is a low-VOC option. And, like many quality engineered wood flooring products, LVT and PVP are CARB II-compliant. You can verify a vinyl flooring product is suitable for your home by its FloorScore certification. FloorScore was developed by the Resilient Floor Covering Institute and Scientific Certification Systems to test and certify flooring products and the indoor air quality where they are installed. Nineteen leading environmental programs recognize FloorScore certification, including the U.S. Green Building Council LEED Rating System.

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Questions + Answers About Vinyl (Hallmark Floors)

Q: Do floors containing vinyl have any impact on indoor air quality?

A: Vinyl products will not adversely impact indoor air quality when installed according to manufacturers’ recommended procedures. VOCs that are emitted from floors containing vinyl are dissipated quickly through normal ventilation.

Q: How do floors containing vinyl behave in accidental fires? Are any potentially harmful gases released when floors containing vinyl burn?

A: Vinyl has excellent fire performance qualities. Vinyl building products are based on a naturally fire retardant polymer, and some flexible products like vinyl flooring contain non-combustible additives and fillers such as calcium carbonate that further improve the fire performance of the material. Vinyl is one of the few materials that meets the stringent requirements of the National Electrical Code of the National Fire Protection.

Q: What do life cycle studies show about vinyl?

A: Since the late 1980s, at least 26 life cycle evaluations have been published on vinyl building products, many of them comparing vinyl products to similar products made of other materials. In some cases vinyl has a lighter impact on the environment, in others, it doesn’t. However, vinyl products generally have been found to perform favorably in terms of energy efficiency, thermal-insulating value, low contribution to greenhouse gases and product durability, which means using fewer resources.

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