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What is Luxury Vinyl Tile?

Looks like stone or ceramic tile, looks very natural in appearance and texture. Various installation options to cater to your styling desires.

What is Luxury Vinyl Plank?

Looks like wood planks in all aspects (color & texture), can be installed in many different ways to create various appearances such as brick fashion and diagonally. It is a very good substitute for hardwood flooring options and exceeds at being very durable and low maintenance. It is meant to mirror real natural looking wood planks and is commonly seen as 4-6 inches wide, and 3-4 feet long.

What is Luxury Sheet Vinyl?

Fiberglass sheet flooring that is directly glued down and known for its trendy, elegant style. Installing a sheet vinyl floor is a possible DIY project with the right preparation and tools. Usually comes in either 6 or 12 ft widths and installation methods vary by sheet style. This type of flooring excels in high moisture areas as it can be installed seamlessly.

Quick Definitions

Differences Between Vinyl and Luxury Vinyl

Vinyl

Luxury Vinyl

Materials

Thicker, giving more durability and customer appeal. Less Susceptible to scratches and damage.

Cost

One of the cheapest flooring options available.More expensive. Cost varies depending on the design and durability.

Appearance

Sold in either tile or sheets. Large variety of styles and designs.Usually sold in planks or as tiles. More authentic in their appearance of real natural wood or stone.

Installation

The thinness of traditional vinyl requires more precise cuts in order to fit correctly.Much easier to install. Possibly the easiest type of flooring to install.

Re-Sale

Does not add much value to homes. Inexpensive and simple flooring.Much more appealing appearance ads to the resale value of the homes.

Maintenance

Low maintenance. Easy to clean and holds condition well.Low maintenance. Easy to clean and holds condition well.

Materials

Vinyl

Luxury Vinyl

Thicker, giving more durability and customer appeal. Less Susceptible to scratches and damage.

Cost

Vinyl

One of the cheapest flooring options available.

Luxury Vinyl

More expensive. Cost varies depending on the design and durability.

Appearance

Vinyl

Sold in either tile or sheets. Large variety of styles and designs.

Luxury Vinyl

Usually sold in planks or as tiles. More authentic in their appearance of real natural wood or stone.

Installation

Vinyl

The thinness of traditional vinyl requires more precise cuts in order to fit correctly.

Luxury Vinyl

Much easier to install. Possibly the easiest type of flooring to install.

Re-Sale

Vinyl

Does not add much value to homes. Inexpensive and simple flooring.

Luxury Vinyl

Much more appealing appearance ads to the resale value of the homes.

Maintenance

Vinyl

Low maintenance. Easy to clean and holds condition well.

Luxury Vinyl

Low maintenance. Easy to clean and holds condition well.

Why Buy Vinyl Flooring?

Vinyl is the most cost effective, durable and adaptive flooring choice available for buyers. There are many styles to choose from such as tile, plank, and sheet plus other fun, more unique designs for all the bold souls out there!. Vinyl comes in many different colors, textures and patterns making it easy to personalize your flooring decisions to match the look you want for your home. Vinyl is also known for its water resistant features and unmatched resilience. Vinyl flooring is easy to maintain and resistance to scrapes, scratches and scuffs of all types.

Groutable Vinyl Tile

This type of vinyl tile is used to express a more natural and real appearance as it is grouted like actual ceramic or stone. It offers a wide range of color and texture while still housing the desirable characteristics of moisture, cracks and stain resistance.

Vinyl Composition Tile

This type of vinyl is recommended for its durability and sustainability. It is meant for populated areas and expected to maintain its condition through all its daily rigorous use.

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Vinyl Installation Steps

Vinyl flooring installation

Carpets receive their color one of two ways, through carpet dyeing and solution dyeing.

Step 1: Take all measurements of the area to determine the square footage of flooring you will need.

Step 2: Remove old flooring.

Step 3: Prep the underlying area for installment, this will vary depending on the type of subfloor you have.

Step 4: Mark a starting line to help plan where you will place everything.

Step 5: Install new vinyl flooring.

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Stripped Area Rug over tan Vinyl flooring

How to Protect and Maintain Vinyl Flooring:

Keep clean: Vinyl is very easy to clean and a simple sweep or mop will do the job!

Be weary of sunlight damage: Use curtains or blinds to avoid sun damage.

Defend from furniture: Try to use furniture pads to avoid scratches add an extra layer of protection to your beautiful new floors.

Differences of Vinyl Tiling:

Vinyl no wax: good for calm, low-traffic areas

Urethane: Suitable for regular usage and daily traffic. Resists scratches and scuffs from furniture and is easy to clean.

Enhanced Urethane: Most durable option, heaviest traffic and best stain, scratch and scuff resistance. Maintains great condition for longest.

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