Why luxury vinyl plank and tile is so popular

Luxury vinyl flooring (LVF) is exactly what you want if you're looking for affordable style. When vinyl flooring came to the US market decades ago, it was highly praised for its durability, easy maintenance, and water-resistant capabilities. Thanks to modern technology, it has evolved to become even better, with a myriad of design options also available.

What is it?

LVF is an amazing mimic of wood, tile, and stone. The images are taken with 3D photography so they're vibrant. You'll see knots, raised grains, swirls, and veining variations. Colors will pop, seeming to jump off the floor!

These floors are also embossed, which adds depth, dimension, and textured appearances, such as hand-scraped, wire-brushed, weathered, and distressed. This flooring follows current trends. You can get gray floors for a farmhouse-style kitchen, wood floors for a rustic look, or marble floors to add opulence to your spa-like bath atmosphere. Whatever you choose, one thing is certain: It's not like Grandma's floors of decades past.

You can have it cut into planks to mimic hardwood boards, or square, groutable tile-sized pieces (luxury vinyl tile). All come in matte, gloss, or high gloss finishes. Choose a wood-look vinyl plank. Add a high gloss finish, and your room will look like it came out of a design page.

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Other reasons to love it

This is one of the most recommended floorings for homes with pets or kids. It is layered, with a top clear wear layer at the top. It protects the floor from scratches and scuffs. The thicker the wear layer the more durable; although it comes in different mils sizes, 20 or above is the most durable.

It's also easy to care for. All you need is a regular sweeping; try to do it every day as dirt embeds and can scratch. Clean periodically with a damp mop and manufacturer-approved cleaner. Avoid waxy, shine-promoting products; if your floor seems dull, ask your flooring pro for advice.

Installation is the floating floor technique. Pieces click together to form a mat, much like a tongue and groove. The mat then hovers over the subfloor with no nails or glue needed. Subfloors must be clean, dry, and level.

For more information on luxury vinyl plank or tile, come into the In Line Tile of Greer showroom in Greer, SC. We service Greer, SC, Greenville, SC, Travelers Rest, SC, Lyman, SC, Duncan, SC, Spartanburg, SC, && Taylors, SC. Ask about our estimates.