Vinyl Plank Flooring Guide 2018

You probably already know about different types of vinyl flooring: rolls, tiles, or planks. But what you don’t know is that vinyl planks are our most popular type of vinyl. That’s because it’s low-cost but also super durable.

Luxury vinyl planks are a low-profile choice. Their durability comes from a four layer construction: a wear layer printed layer, fill layer, and backing. There are many luxury vinyl planks to choose from, so it’s easy to find exactly what you want. It’s surprising, but we also offer 100% waterproof vinyl planks. Yes 100%! Our waterproof vinyl planks are typically four layers, but with a waterproof fill layer.

The waterproof fill layer means it can be installed anywhere, even in your bathroom! They’re so strong because they’re denser, thicker, and more stable than any other vinyl planks. You can install vinyl planks three easy ways: glue, interlocking or floating, and loose lay. If you’re looking for a floor that’s super permanent, a glued down plank is the way to go. It’s great for high-traffic areas, and it won’t ever budge. One of the most common ways for installation is interlocking or floating.

Planks are made with an interlocking mechanism that snaps together easily. Just simply lock your floor together plank by plank. If you’re ever worried about replacing a plank, loose lay installation does not require glue, staples, or any locking system to install. Instead, each plank has a backing that grips the floor. You’ll only have to use glue or tape around the edges of your floor.

This makes replacing a plank a breeze. You probably have an exact image of how you want your floor to look. Lucky for you there are several different patterns and styles to choose from. For example, a wood-look vinyl is a very popular and comes in smooth and distressed finishes. There are also many color variations to match any interior style.

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Vinyl can also look like stone, or even feature fun patterns. The choice is yours! When it comes to plank size, you’ve got choices. Maybe you’ve seen those trendy wide planks on every house floor. If you love the look, we have it for you! Wide planks and other sizes are available to buy. Maybe you have dogs or messy kids running on your floors, and you’re worried about the wear and tear vinyl planks can take.

Don’t worry at all, the wear layer is the first line of defense against scratches and stains. A good rule of thumb is the thicker the wear layer, the less likely the wear and tear will show. That means for high-traffic rooms, grab a thicker wear layer for your peace of mind. That’s it! With all this information under your arm, you’re now ready to begin your shopping experience Good luck!