With so many Luxury Vinyl Flooring options, you need an expert to guide you – and with Color & Style Home Finishes, that’s exactly what you’ll find. Here, we explain the features and benefits of rigid core vinyl flooring to help you make an educated selection.
Learn About Luxury Vinyl Flooring
Rigid core flooring is what most people think of these days when they consider luxury vinyl flooring that will go in their home or office.
The rigid core category has been around for only about 10 years but its rapid growth and innovations have led to some manufacturers using different names and acronyms, causing some confusion. You may have heard terms like LVT, LVP, LVF, which are all ultimately the same product:
LVT – Luxury Vinyl Tile
LVP – Luxury Vinyl Plank
LVF – Luxury Vinyl Flooring
Formats – Click, Glue Down, Loose Lay
Click-together luxury vinyl floors are rigid core floors that can be clicked together with a tongue and groove. They aren’t all the same and some are better than others. Some locking system names to look for are UniClic, Valinge, Tap-n-fold and Angle/Tap among others. These better systems can keep spills and moisture from seeping to the subfloor for up to days at a time.
Glue Down luxury vinyl is mainly used in commercial and is ultra-durable, installed in strips and glued to the subfloor. It comes in 2 – 4 mm thickness, has 12 – 30 mil wear layers but more subfloor prep is required than the other formats. It will telegraph if the subfloor isn’t prepared correctly. One advantage it has over other formats is that if one plank is damaged, it can be removed and replaced easily.
Loose Lay is a luxury vinyl format that can be installed without glue or locking system. The planks literally just lay side by side. It sounds crazy but most have a grippy rubber backing and with weight and friction, they remain in place the same as any other floor. Adhesive is required in some instances.
Our Preferred Partners
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Dreamweaver by Engineered Floors are high-quality, stylish products made with disruptive technology.
Patcraft works alongside their customers to best understand how flooring will support the way people live to design high-performance flooring.
Southwind was founded with a commitment to producing high-quality yet affordable vinyl flooring.
Emser luxury vinyl offers unparalleled service and a dynamic selection of products.
Karndean is the premier brand of luxury vinyl plank to express your personal style and add value to your home.
True Touch Floors were developed for active lifestyles, and to stand up to almost anything you can throw at them. All products are warrantied for residential and commercial use and can sustain heavy foot traffic. True Touch floors are easy to clean and maintain and have an attached pad for comfort underfoot and acoustic quality.
Make Them Last
Maintenance and Care
Luxury vinyl flooring is known for its durability and low maintenance. To keep your luxury vinyl floors looking their best, here are some tips for maintenance:
Regular Sweeping or Vacuuming: Dust, dirt, and debris can accumulate on the surface, potentially causing scratches. Sweep or vacuum the floors regularly using a soft-bristle broom or a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment.
Damp Mopping: Luxury vinyl is water-resistant, but it’s essential to avoid excessive water. Use a damp mop with a pH-neutral vinyl floor cleaner to clean the floors. Make sure the mop is well-wrung to prevent water from seeping into the seams.
Spot Cleaning: Attend to spills promptly to prevent staining. Use a soft cloth or sponge with a mild vinyl floor cleaner to clean up spills. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or harsh chemicals.
Avoid Wax and Polish: Luxury vinyl floors typically have a protective layer that doesn’t require waxing or polishing. In fact, using wax or polish can leave a residue that dulls the floor’s finish.
Use Entrance Mats: Place doormats at entryways to capture dirt and grit before it reaches the vinyl floor. This can help prevent scratches and extend the life of the flooring.
Furniture Protection: Lift furniture when moving it, rather than dragging it across the floor. Use furniture pads or felt protectors under the legs of chairs, tables, and other heavy pieces to prevent scratches.
Avoid Sharp Objects: Be cautious with sharp objects, as they can potentially scratch or damage the surface of luxury vinyl flooring. Take care when moving appliances or heavy furniture.
Use Area Rugs: Place area rugs or mats in high-traffic areas to reduce wear and tear on the vinyl flooring. Make sure the rugs have a non-slip backing to prevent slips and falls.
Trim Pet Nails: If you have pets, keep their nails trimmed to prevent scratches on the vinyl surface.
Protect from Direct Sunlight: Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can cause fading in some types of luxury vinyl flooring. Use curtains, blinds, or UV-resistant window films to protect the floor from sunlight.
Always check the manufacturer’s guidelines for your specific luxury vinyl flooring product, as recommendations may vary. Following these general maintenance tips should help keep your luxury vinyl floors in excellent condition for years to come.