Learn About Luxury Vinyl Flooring
The new trend in vinyl flooring has opened up so many decorating possibilities adding to its endurance, easy care and improving the floor’s appearance. As with all home designs, meeting with an experienced contractor is always recommended. Buyers should be prepared to ask questions and understand the limitations or restrictions in selecting vinyl flooring that fits best your lifestyle and budget.
Luxury vinyl flooring has quickly become one of the most popular flooring options in residential and commercial settings. Luxury vinyl flooring combines the natural looks of wood and stone with premium performance. So, no matter your design preferences or durability requirements, there's a perfect luxury vinyl floor for you. Come visit our Carpet One Floor & Home showroom in Fort Wayne to see our entire collection of luxury vinyl flooring.
How Is Luxury Vinyl Made?
The amazing benefits of vinyl is its added cushion providing less impact on heavy traffic areas, preventing scratches or damage from the rays of sunlight known to cause fading in most materials. An additional improvement is its moisture resistance, helping to prevent mildew and mold in kitchens, laundry and bathrooms. To understand today’s improvement of vinyl flooring you need to know the manufacturing processes responsible for developing a better product with an increased flexibility extending its life cycle. The secret ingredient is called plasticizer used to improve the floor’s characteristics, including its innovative pattern capability for replicating wood, tile or stone, creating high quality flooring used in both commercial and residential designs.
The latest advancement in vinyl flooring technology is customized designs, making a distinction in the flooring market. There are two types of flooring; printed and inlaid. Printed floor patterns use a paper top place directly on a thin vinyl surface covered with layers of clear vinyl for a smooth and protective coating. Technology brings a new perspective with 3D enhancements, basically taking an image and applying it the vinyl capturing real life details. Inlaid vinyl is created by placing tiny vinyl granules on the backing and forcing them forward to the surface. It creates a more textured appearance and the added thickness increases its endurance. Like most wall to wall flooring, decorative baseboards are used to finish the edges.
Types of Luxury Vinyl
There are a few different types of luxury vinyl flooring options, including luxury vinyl tile flooring and luxury vinyl plank flooring. Luxury vinyl tile is an alternative to ceramic and porcelain tile, while luxury vinyl plank is an alternative to hardwood and laminate. We also have more durable luxury vinyl options like WPC, SPC, and rigid core which all feature waterproof qualities.
Where Can Luxury Vinyl Be Installed?
Depending on the area of installation, there are several vinyl flooring methods for installing the selected pattern and styles of vinyl planks, boards or even tiles. The most popular method is known as floating and vinyl can be glued to subflooring like concrete or existing wood floors. The vinyl doesn’t really float it snaps together piece to piece very much like wooden floor planks or individual tiles. Besides the appearance and ease of installation, benefits of vinyl are its costs and lower maintenance compared to real wood flooring.
Luxury vinyl is suitable for pretty much any area in the home. It can withstand the foot traffic you typically see in living rooms, it is comfortable enough for bedrooms, and it can handle the moisture you’d expect in kitchens.
Our Luxury Vinyl Selection
Our featured luxury vinyl flooring brands are Invincible™ H2O and VERÓSTONE™, all of which are Carpet One exclusives. As your locally owned flooring retailer, it is our mission to provide our customers with quality flooring at exceptional values.
To learn more about luxury vinyl flooring, contact Carpet One Floor & Home in Fort Wayne, IN.
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