Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring (LVP) is rising in popularity across Colorado homes, due to their incredible benefits. From cost-effectiveness to waterproof surfaces, LVP has become the go-to when someone is looking for flooring that looks like wood, without all the work that hardwood can require. This being said, there are many benefits to installing LVP, but with so many flooring options, its nice to have an overview of the pros and cons. That’s why we’ve created a comprehensive guide to LVP, to help you decide.
Cost Effective Flooring
Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring is a great option if you want the look of hardwood flooring without the price point. LVP is a budget-friendly, high-quality flooring option for every home and every room. There are also a variety of thicknesses that you can choose from, so you can still get the best of the best when it comes to LVP, all while maintaining that budget-friendly strategy.
Flooring that Looks like Wood
LVP is a great option when you want to replicate the gorgeous appeal of hardwood flooring. LVP is also a great option for when you want to put hardwood flooring in places like the bathroom or laundry room, where water damage is a looming threat. LVP is water resistant, so you can have the look of hardwood flooring without the danger of getting them ruined by splashes of water or leaks.
Vinyl flooring comes in many different colors, sizes, and textures. LVP is produced and installed in planks—which is different from its popular counterpart, LVT (luxury vinyl tile)—that give it its wood-like appearance. These planks can be made to look like any finish of wood, any pattern, and any feel. You can custom build the flooring to fit the room you want it installed in—whether that’s an upgraded mudroom with dark gray planks, or a stunning office with durable oak-like flooring.
Luxury vinyl plank flooring can either be installed with glue or with connecting interwoven pieces. Because of this, installation is a lot more smooth than on traditional hardwood floors. It is always recommended that you get a professional to install LVP, but it is very easy to turn your DIY project into a masterpiece with this flooring type.
LVP flooring is easy to clean and easy to repair. It’s water and stain-resistant because of the oil in the flooring, which makes for easy cleanup. Similarly, repairs are made by just gluing in a new piece to replace the original. This is especially a bonus in Colorado, where grass, rain, snow, and mud are being tracked into the house.
Another feature of LVP flooring is that it usually contains a comfortable underlying that gives the floor a bit of a spring. When you’re standing on your feet all day, this underlying can relieve your feet from tiring as fast.
Because LVP flooring can be produced in so many ways, some manufacturers create very slim, very cheap LVP. That’s why it is so important to check with your flooring company about where they get their product, because thin LVP can wear easily. Thin LVP can also reveal imperfections quicker than the higher quality kind, and it also gets colder to the touch faster.
While beautiful flooring throughout your home is definitely an eye-catcher, nothing quite maintains and increases value like true hardwood. LVP is a great option for affordability, but if you’re looking to add value to your home, we advise pre-finished hardwood flooring.
Another issue of poor manufacturing is the questionable materials that are used. Unfortunately, many brands of this flooring release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air a few years after being manufactured. While the range of release technically meets guidelines, it can still be dangerous, especially for those with respiratory problems. That’s why G3 is extremely vigilant when we buy LVP. We only purchase from the best of the best, so that we know our flooring is safe.
The final con of this flooring type is that there exists no current way to recycle LVP flooring. So when it’s time to replace, LVP has to be sent to a landfill. Hopefully in the future this will change, but for now the problem remains.
Buy LVP Today from Your Local Flooring Company!
G3 Hardwood Flooring is proud to offer LVP in many different styles and sizes. We only invest in the BEST when it comes to our products, so you can have flooring that is safe and durable for your needs. We are locally owned and operated in Colorado Springs, CO, and we service all of COS and Denver with our mobile showroom. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to get free samples of LVP, and a quote for your job.