When homeowners in the Flagstaff, Arizona, area hear the term “luxury vinyl,” they may think it sounds like an oxymoron. Imagining the old vinyl floors of the past, perhaps those in your grandma’s kitchen in the 1970s, doesn’t necessarily bring to mind visions of lavish comfort. However, technology has improved this new vinyl flooring into what it is today. At first it was a well-kept secret in flooring, but now luxury vinyl is becoming more popular and is on its way to becoming a new norm. Here we’ll explore this new flooring option, its pros and cons, and see why it’s become the popular choice it is today.
What is Luxury Vinyl?
Luxury vinyl flooring, or LVF for short, is a synthetic material made using a layered construction. The bottom layer is a resilient vinyl base that provides durable support yet feels soft underfoot. Above that is a vinyl color layer. On top of the color layer is a high definition film layer that uses photographic imaging to create the look of real wood or natural stone tile. The top layer is a protective coating that keeps the floors resistant against stains and scratching.
Pros of Luxury Vinyl
There are many benefits to this type of floor. For one, it’s easier on the body. It’s durable but also feels softer than more solid floors like hardwood and tile. Luxury vinyl also has the ability to imitate the looks of other materials, such as natural wood or stone. With this technology, you can have the affordability of vinyl, as well as the beauty and durability of hardwood flooring. Another upside to luxury vinyl flooring is the easy maintenance. It’s very easy to clean, and regular minimal maintenance is generally all that is needed to keep your floors looking like new. Luxury vinyl also comes with a much lower price tag than many of its alternatives, which is great if you’re looking for floors on a budget.
Cons of Luxury Vinyl
In looking at its benefits, there are also disadvantages to this type of flooring. One of the most obvious downsides to luxury vinyl is when it comes down to it, the reality is that it is a synthetic material. It can do its best to mimic the look of real hardwood, but it’s not real hardwood. With some varieties, you might not be able to tell from afar. However, when you get up close, the difference is visible. Another downside to luxury vinyl is, in the event of damage, it cannot be refinished and must be replaced.
Call Your Local Experts!
Do you think luxury vinyl might be the right option for you? Call your local experts at Floor Coverings International Flagstaff to schedule a free in-home estimate and design consultation. If you don’t think it’s the right flooring choice for your home, we have many other varieties we’d be happy to show you. Contact us today to get started.
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