Vinyl flooring: giving your home an affordable, stylish look

Whether it’s sheet vinyl or luxury vinyl, you can be assured of a true-to-life echo of wood, stone, or tile, together with an almost unlimited number of vibrant colors and patterns. When vinyl was introduced to the US market decades ago, it was widely praised for durability, water resistance, low maintenance, and easy installation. Thanks to modern technology, it has evolved into a thicker, completely waterproof, premium product that is more durable and stylish than ever.

Luxury vinyl flooring (LVF) is a newer, more advanced version

Over the years, luxury vinyl has become one of the most sought-after flooring products. With images inspired by nature, the photographs are so clear and accurate even the flooring experts sometimes can’t tell the difference between that and the real thing. We see it in every room in the house and in some homes where nothing but genuine wood or stone would be considered.

Micro beveling and deep embossing add depth, dimension, and trending textured appearances such as wire-brushed, hand scraped, weathered, and distressed. While vinyl sheets are available in 12-foot rolls, LVF has the added design option of being cut into planks to mimic hardwood boards. This is called vinyl plank flooring. When it is cut into squares, it is referred to as LVT flooring; many say the extra seams add even more to the realism, and some take it further by using grout, now an important design tool available in many colors.

LVF is also thicker. The vinyl should measure at least 8-mm and the wear layer, 20-mils. Just like the original vinyl sheets, LVF is easy to care for with regular sweeping or mopping. Installation can also be somewhat similar. LVF installation can be a floating floor with a locking mechanism where the pieces click, mat, then hover over the subfloor with no nails or glue. Sheet vinyl can be Loose Lay, but there’s no locking mechanism so that the sheets can hover over the subfloor.

Luxury vinyl is also a favorite among builders, architects and designers because of the high-end look, durability, affordability and waterproof easy care. If you haven’t seen vinyl flooring recently, come into the Floors 4 Iowa showroom in Ankeny, IA to explore the product and get a free in-home consultation. Our location is convenient to areas in and around Ankeny, IA, Des Moines, IA, Ames, IA, Waukee, IA, Bondurant, IA, West Des Moines, IA, Clive, IA, Johnston, IA, Altoona, IA && Grimes, IA.

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