Vinyl plank flooring, otherwise known as LVP, Luxury Vinyl Plank, or waterproof vinyl flooring, is a widely popular trend because it is waterproof and scratch resistant. Luxury Vinyl Plank is a great option for home renovations or do it yourselfers because it is simple to install and can be a huge cost savings from alternatives like tile or engineered hardwood. The real question is, how do you know if the product you are getting is a high-quality product? We are here to answer exactly that!
Vinyl plank flooring has some industry standards that you should compare any product to when you are shopping. First things first, lets talk about a pad. With LVP, an attached pad is not always required, however it is highly recommended as it will help reduce noise and will result in a softer walk. Most vinyl plank flooring comes with an attached pad although there are some they do not.
The next major quality to look for is the wear-layer. Waterproof vinyl flooring products have a large variety of wear-layers, ranging from 6mils all the way up to 30 and 40 mils. Industry standard says that 15-20 mil wear-layer is a safe range to stay within and will result in a long lifetime of the product.
The last important quality for LVP is overall thickness. Overall thickness can vary widely, and it is important to know that there are different types of vinyl plank flooring. Depending on what type you are looking at it could change the standard on thickness. LVP products basically have two different construction: WPC (Wood, Plastic, Composite) and Rigid Core. The main difference between them comes down to performance. Rigid core products are physically harder and therefore are less likely to have cupping when large furniture is placed on it. On the other hand, WPC products are much softer to walk on and generally easier to install. Regardless of the Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring you choose; it is important to check your subfloor before installation to ensure that is it flat and level. Vinyl plank flooring can be installed over an existing floor, such as tile and hardwood, however, you need to check with your manufacturer to ensure they allow that for their product as different manufacturers have different guidelines.
All in all, Luxury Vinyl Plank is a great flooring option! If you need more information, contact either our Myrtle Beach office or North Myrtle Beach office and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have!