You know that hardwood flooring is desirable. It looks great and it’s easy to care for, and it can net you a ROI of up to 80% if you plan on selling your home anytime soon.
The major drawback to hardwood floors? They’re expensive. If you love the look of natural wood but want a more affordable alternative, look into vinyl plank flooring. Here are some reasons it’s becoming more and more popular with homeowners!
What Is Vinyl Plank Flooring?
You may see vinyl plank flooring (VPF) referred to as luxury vinyl plank (LVP) or luxury vinyl floor (LVF). There’s a reason that the term “luxury” is used to describe this flooring option — it’s really nothing like the vinyl flooring options of yesteryear.
Rather than coming in square tiles, VPF is available in long and narrow strips, usually 48 or 36 inches long. They mimic the look of natural wood boards, but they’re also similar in other ways.
Surface Embossing and Graphics
Vinyl planks are embossed to give them the appearance of authentic wood. That embossing is typically deeper than with other types of flooring meant to replicate wood planks.
In addition, better graphics mean that it can be very difficult to distinguish vinyl plank floors from hardwoods. This is especially true for the casual observer. So unless your guests are flooring experts, they will likely step into your home and see hardwood floors.
Additional Details Enhance the Realistic Look
Of course, hardwood floors aren’t always textured. In fact, they have often been sanded down to provide a uniform appearance — and to prevent them from snagging your socks! And over time, hardwoods become smoother simply from the number of people walking on them.
Want your floor to look as though it’s been “lived in”? Vinyl plank flooring has you covered there, too. Just as deliberate distressing can make an off-the-rack pair of jeans look like you’ve loved them forever, distressed vinyl planks also give the impression of a long and beloved life.
Scrapes, dings, scratches, and even nail holes can be added to vinyl flooring to make it appear like your kitchen floor has been around for generations.
It’s Easy to Install
Today’s vinyl planks offer “click” joinery, making installation a snap. It is also thinner than other flooring materials, and does not require an underlayment. In many cases, it can be installed directly over existing floors without much of a height difference.
Vinyl Planks Offer Durability and Water Resistance
Luxury vinyl flooring is a great option for high-moisture rooms like the bathroom and the kitchen. It can take a beating, too. Wood floors can last for a long time, it’s true, but also require a lot more upkeep and maintenance to keep them moisture-resistant and looking good.
What About the Cost?
Vinyl plank flooring costs more than sheet vinyl or sheet linoleum — but it more than makes up for that difference in its aesthetic appeal.
Additionally, it is much less expensive than wood flooring’s average of $8 to $14 per square foot (and an additional $4 to $8 per square foot for installation).
There are really very few downsides to the vinyl flooring options available to homeowners. Vinyl plank flooring looks like real wood, is durable, is easy to install, and comes in a wide variety of looks.
Ready to get started? Contact Motor City Carpet for more information about vinyl flooring options!