flooring installation

What exactly is luxury vinyl flooring?

This type of waterproof floor covering is manufactured through a multi-layering process. It costs less while imitating the look of real wood and tile. It is generally comprised of four layers: 

  • Wear layer: the top transparent coating that helps protect against wear and fading; 
  • Decorative image: a digitalized image that is adhered to the core layer. It can imitate wood or tile, for example. Some have texturing to match the imitated image. 
  • Vinyl core: flexible, completely waterproof and comprised of PVC;
  • Backing: a finishing (bottom) layer that generally prevents mildew, mold and is waterproof.
Often referred to as LVT (luxury vinyl tile) or LVP (luxury vinyl plank), it can provide an affordable alternative to stone, ceramic or wood floor coverings at a fraction of the price. It is easy to install and maintain and is also softer underfoot than other more expensive flooring alternatives. 

Given these qualities, it can be a great choice for high moisture areas such as bathrooms, kitchens or mudrooms. At Cyndi's Carpet, Rock Hill, SC, our knowledgeable staff and skilled professionals will help you find the right floor covering to fit your reno budget.

The pros (and cons) of LVF/LVT:

Dents/Markings: Although durable, since it's softer than wood or tile, dents and markings can show through more easily, especially under heavy objects or furniture. It's best to use padding or gliders under furniture to reduce dents.

Fading: Can happen over time in uncovered areas that are exposed to sunlight. It is best to use window coverings to filter in the sunlight, or rugs to cover up the exposed areas that see direct sunlight.

Staining: Vinyl is generally stain-resistant unless exposed to certain chemicals or harsh cleaning products. Also, use caution if placing rubber-backed rugs or mats as they can cause discoloration.

Not easily recycled: The PVC core needs to be separated from the other layers before it can be recycled. Unfortunately, as this process is complicated and not cost-effective, most old coverings end up in landfills. Nevertheless, some manufacturers occasionally offer buyback programs for old flooring.