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Hey Rosebud! I’m QuianaRose of Design A Rose Interiors in Chicago, your friendly Tranquil Luxe interior designer. My goal is to remove your decision fatigue so that you can enjoy your project. I want to go over 10 Reasons to Choose Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring that are so comprehensive, you’ll wonder why other floors are still on your mind. Plus, if you read to the end, I’ll share how to care for and maintain your luxury vinyl plank flooring after you’ve installed it.
If you’re like many of my clients, you’re stressing over selecting the perfect flooring for your home or business. You're not alone. When it comes to choosing flooring, the numerous options available can be overwhelming. Making the right choice is crucial for creating a serene and peaceful living space. As a luxury interior designer who specializes in peaceful environments, I understand the value of hardwood floors, but I want to introduce you to a game-changing alternative: Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP).
LVP flooring offers a striking alternative to traditional hardwood floors. Unlike luxury vinyl tile (LVT), which takes on a tile shape, LVP is crafted in individual planks that closely resemble the classic look of hardwood floor planks. It encapsulates the charm of wood floors while embracing the practical benefits of vinyl, making it a versatile and cost-effective choice for all.
Before I break down the 10 Reasons to install luxury vinyl plank in your home or business, here’s a quick summary of why it is so freaking great. What sets LVP apart is its individual plank format, which provides a realistic wood and stone appearance through cutting-edge 3D printing technology. This water-resistant material is not only aesthetically pleasing but also boasts low-maintenance features, ensuring a long-lasting and beautiful flooring solution. The textured vinyl is shielded by a protective coating, enhancing its resistance to scratches, stains, and wear. Some LVP products even offer convenient peel-off backing or employ a user-friendly click-and-lock installation. In short, it has remarkable durability, authentic aesthetic appeal, and is extremely practical for modern-day #softlife living
Here are 10 reasons why you should consider installing Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) in your home or business:
1. Easy Maintenance:
LVP offers the luxury of easy maintenance. A simple sweep and mop are all it takes to keep your floors looking fresh. Stain-resistant properties make it a low-maintenance delight. And for those of us who drop things like super heavy water glasses, it’s great to know it will only break on the LVP floor vs. shattering into 100s of pieces as it would on a porcelain floor.
2. Tile is Cold!!
LVP provides a warmer surface, making it a more comfortable option for walking, especially barefoot. With a level subfloor, LVP is more forgiving on your feet and legs compared to hard and cold surfaces like ceramic tiles. Additionally, did you know installations like radiant floor heating can trigger pain for many arthritis sufferers? If that is something you would have to consider, LVP is a perfect, lukewarm alternative.
3. More Quiet Please:
LVP flooring has soundproofing properties: it doesn’t reverberate sound like hard ceramic tile surfaces would and actually absorbs sound better than traditional hardwood floors. This means a reduction in noise for your cozy home and office spaces.
LVP resists scratches and wear better than hardwood, making it an ideal choice for high-traffic areas so that your floors are kid and dog friendly. But hey, accidental scratches happen, right. There are LVP scratch repair kits that far outperform wood floor scratch kits, allowing you to address surface damage and maintain the floor's pristine appearance. I told you, comprehensive.
5. Variety in Looks:
With a wide range of designs, LVP can mimic the look of wood, tile, or other materials, giving you the flexibility to match your aesthetic preferences seamlessly. Part of the appeal of natural products such as real wood are unpredictable color variations at installation and an aging distress or patina over time. If you enjoy color control now and in the future, LVP is a great way to get the perfect look to keep looking that way for years to come.
6. Moisture Resistance:
LVP often boasts waterproof properties, making it perfect for moisture-prone areas like bathrooms, kitchens, mudrooms, or basements.
7. Installation Versatility:
LVP can be installed over existing flat flooring, providing flexibility in installation options. However, as your designer, if this is a long-term property for you, I recommend removing the existing floor material. This will ensure you don't negate your manufacturer's warranty and it will extend the life of your floors. Floating a floor can cause issues like air pockets under your flooring, which may cause it to lift over time.
8. Long Warranties:
Many LVP products come with extended warranties, offering assurance about the flooring's longevity and performance. These can include a lifetime warranty on the flooring and an install warranty for your installation labor. Taking early measures like a moisture reading before installation will help strengthen any warranty claims in the future.
9. Looks Like the Real Thing:
LVP closely replicates the look and texture of natural materials like wood or stone, providing a realistic appearance without the drawbacks of those materials. You can even go big with large format luxury vinyl tile like 18x36.It's a great option for quick resale value adjustments.
10. Everything Costs Too Much:
LVP is a more affordable option compared to traditional hardwood flooring. It offers all the benefits of natural wood without the high cost. Additionally, its low maintenance and long-lasting properties mean that you'll save money on repairs and replacements in the long run.
Overall, Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) flooring is a great choice for homeowners and business owners alike. It offers a realistic appearance, durability, low maintenance, and versatility in installation and design options. If you're considering upgrading your floors, LVP should be at the top of your list.
5 Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining Luxury Vinyl Plank:
1. Avoid Steam Cleaning:
While LVP is water-resistant, steer clear of steam mops, as excessive moisture may damage the flooring. Stick to damp mopping with a mild cleaner.
2. Sweep Regularly:
Use a soft-bristle broom or a vacuum without a beater bar to sweep away dirt and debris regularly. This will help prevent scratches and maintain the floor's appearance.
3. Use Gentle Cleaning Solutions:
Opt for pH-neutral, vinyl floor-friendly cleansers for mopping. Harsh chemicals can damage the protective wear layer on the vinyl.
4. Protect Floors from Furniture:
Place furniture pads under heavy furniture to prevent scratches and indentations on the LVP surface.
5. Follow Warranty Guidelines:
Adhere to the manufacturer's recommended care and maintenance guidelines to ensure the warranty remains valid. This includes proper installation practices and cleaning routines.
Still Not Sure if You Should Choose Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring?
Remember, consulting with an interior designer can make the decision process smoother. My goal as your interior designer is to structure your project to fit your personal sense of peace. Design A Rose Interiors can guide you to the best products tailored to your property and your lifestyle.
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