Over the past few years “water proof” vinyl plank floors have really started to become popular, especially in homes with children and pets. There are a number of reasons for this. One, vinyl plank is less expensive than traditional wood flooring. Two, it is very easy to clean and maintain. For households with children, vinyl plank flooring is generally a much better choice than hardwood.
Most vinyl plank flooring is “click” style, meaning there is no glue or nailing, since each plank simply locks together. This makes installation much easier and also means it will be easier to remove the floor should the need arise to do so. Not all vinyl plank floors are clueless, but it is worth the extra money to save time and effort.
You may ask how the look of vinyl plank flooring compares to that of real hardwood. Good question—vinyl plank manufacturers use high-end, computer technology to create realistic wood and tile designs in each plank. The top wear layer is very durable and easy to maintain.
Vinyl plank flooring is also impervious to most stains, spills, and burns, as well as being scratch-resistant. Due to the natural characteristics of vinyl, the plank is softer under foot and with the attached padding under the floor, it will give your step a cushioned feel. Even when barefoot in the colder temperatures, it will have a nice warm feel.
Care of a vinyl plank floor is also very easy. Usually, all you need is a dry mop or vacuum to keep the floor looking new. You don’t need or want to use soaps, abrasives, polishes, wax or one-step floor cleaners, as these floors are created to be more maintenance-free.
That being said, you want to make sure not to slide furniture across your floor. Vinyl plank is tough but a sofa leg could gouge your floor. It is always recommended to put furniture pads on the legs of all furniture to protect the floors for many years.
With the technology of vinyl plank flooring, there are many varieties of plank available in different thicknesses, lengths and with varying warranties.
We show all varieties of vinyl plank floors and can explain the differences so you have the confidence in choosing the best vinyl plank floor for your application.