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Benefits of Vinyl

Everyone loves the look of Hardsurface Floors. Hardwood warms up a space with rich tones and cozy visuals, while tile & stone finish a room with natural beauty and perfected style.
For decades, consumers seeking an alternative to hardwood or tile didn’t have very many stylish choices. Laminate and Vinyl were popular for their budget-friendliness and easy installation, but no one claimed they were as fashionable as real wood or tile. Today, that has changed.
Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) and Vinyl Sheet Flooring have evolved into sophisticated products that high-end clients can choose over wood or tile, because they so effectively portray the natural surfaces they mimic. From the visual to the texture, it’s often hard to tell that you’re not walking on the real thing.

Benefits of Vinyl:
  • Stylish. Whether you have traditional, contemporary, or altogether unique taste, we’ve got you covered. Vinyl has one of the widest and most varied product selections in the industry, so the sky’s the limit. With advanced embossing technology, grout-able qualities and superior definition, this category offers realistic, timeless, and fashionable flooring opportunities. 
  • Comfortable. Vinyl was made to counter problems with the typical hardsurface flooring options. One of the issues it solves is that Hardsurfaces are, well, hard. Standing in the kitchen for a while or kneeling for projects was never the most pleasant on hardwood or tile. Vinyl, on the other hand, is soft and flexible, taking loads of pressure off your joints and providing some cushion for slips and falls.
  • Water Resistant. From the impervious sheets to the carefully constructed planks, water is never an issue for vinyl. It’s designed to take life’s spills and accidents, so you can enjoy peace of mind when you put it into the inevitably wet areas such as Bathrooms and Laundry Rooms.
  • Durable. Vinyl is finished with a tough wear layer that’s incredibly wear-resistant. Available in various grades and thicknesses, even the thinnest finishes stand up to daily foot traffic for years.
  • Easy Maintenance is one of the biggest reasons Resilient Floors appeal to today’s homeowners. With our increasingly busy lifestyles, we all need to slow down on occasion - but preferably not for time-consuming floor maintenance. Thankfully, this option has some of the quickest and simplest routine maintenance: No more complex cleaning commandments, no more meticulous waxing. Your basic household supplies and a few minutes are more than sufficient.
  • Safe and Family-Friendly. We learn more every day and are becoming increasingly aware of how our purchases affect our health and environment. To address these concerns, today’s Resilient floors are being made with products that don’t release harmful VOC’s or adhesives that don’t have fumes – some products have no need for adhesive at all!
  • Cost Effective. For the look you get, the price tag is a pleasant surprise. Thanks to more efficient manufacturing, easier labor and a competitive market, you can get a fantastic floor at the right price.

The Different Types of Resilient Flooring.
The benefits of Vinyl Flooring wouldn’t be complete without application versatility. And part of that comes from the different product constructions available. Lets go over some of the main options!
  • Sheet Goods. Sheet Vinyl has been around for years thanks to being a budget-friendly solution. Due to some older styles that were prevalent in MN homes, some get a bad taste in their mouth with “sheet vinyl”, but there’s no longer any need for that. Just like many other products to benefit from advancing technology and modern-day trends, sheet vinyl has made a comeback and is relevant as ever. Waterproof, seamless, and stunning Sheet Vinyl’s are now sure to satisfy in the right application.
  • Glue Down Luxury Vinyl Planks & Tiles. As we can see above, Sheet Vinyl is a great option for many applications. However, what if we want to take our design a step further? Say no more. Wood and tile visuals alike are mimicked by Vinyl that’s made in individual planks and tiles, ready to be installed in virtually any pattern you can dream of. Thanks to their construction, visuals can be embossed in a way that follows the pattern, resulting in more realistic visuals and textures.
  • Click-Together Luxury Vinyl Planks & Tiles. This construction type offers the same visual benefits as the other two, but has a different, more cost-effective and DIY-friendly installation. Planks click and lock together with ease, float over your subfloor (no glue!), and help hide subfloor imperfections. They often have an attached pad that increases warmth, reduces sound, and adds to comfort underfoot.

Clearing up the Confusion.

Luxury Vinyl is a market that’s flooded with acronyms and terms for the different types. What does it all mean? Here, we explore some of the different terms you’ll run into and their typical properties.
LVT vs. LVP:
LVT stands for Luxury Vinyl Tiles, while LVP stands for Luxury Vinyl Planks. Together, they encompass all luxury vinyl products that don’t come in sheet form. This difference only denotes the different visuals. Tiles come in various sizes that are typically squares or rectangles and portray stone and ceramic looks; planks are long pieces that typically portray a wood look.
WPC vs. SPC:
WPC typically stands for “Wood-Plastic Composition” (some say “Water-Proof Core”), while SPC means “Stone-Plastic Composition”.
WPC tends to move (expands and contracts) more than some other Luxury Vinyl products. Thanks to this movement, WPC’s are more suitable for entirely climate-controlled environments.
SPC, with its stone components, is a harder and thoroughly waterproof product. It tends to be more rigid than other Luxury Vinyl Products, while still offering the benefits of a flexible plank or tile. SPC visuals tend to be impacted less by environmental changes.

Engineered vs. Rigid
These two terms denote a more impactful difference in construction. The original and most common type is Engineered, which means its construction is made of layers that are adhered together.
Rigid is a newer type made to combat applications that typically result in delamination (layers coming apart).  It’s one solid core that is stamped with the visual (as opposed to a paper layer), then given a durable finish. Rigid tends to be more dent resistant that Engineered, because vinyl is only a component in the core as opposed to the main layer. It’s also ideal for applications with higher fluctuations in temperature and humidity.
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