During the post-war boom in housing that took place during the 1950s right up through the 1970s, vinyl flooring grew to become the top choice for floors in many new homes being built across the country. And why not: vinyl floors were versatile, easy to maintain, and resistant to burns and scratches.
During this time period, it was considered the norm to find vinyl floors in most kitchens, laundry rooms, and bathrooms. However, it was a trend that eventually subsided to hardwoods, tile, carpet and laminate floors. But, trends have a way of coming full circle.
Today, the resurgence of vinyl in the form of luxury vinyl flooring (or LVT) has returned to dominate the current flooring market. For busy households with young families and pets, they are an ideal flooring choice. Aside from advancements in rigidity and flexibility, what led to this resurgence is the appearance of luxury vinyl flooring, which can now mimic any type of flooring material available, such as:
Luxury vinyl flooring is the structural composition of luxury vinyl flooring that enables it to realistically mimic other flooring materials. It is typically manufactured from a mixture of vinyl and minerals, with minerals represented at a higher percentage in the LVT when mimicking materials like stone.
Luxury vinyl tile is waterproof and can be installed as a free-floating floor or glued down with adhesives. It consists of four individual layers, each providing its own unique benefit to the finished product.
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The short answer is the aesthetics of the products. Vinyl tile flooring, because it is designed to mimic large sections of ceramic, marble, or stone flooring, is manufactured and sold in larger, square cuts.
Unlike real tile and stone, if something heavy is accidentally dropped on luxury vinyl tile flooring, it will not break. Vinyl plank flooring is primarily designed to mimic hardwood floors and therefore is manufactured and sold in planks, just as hardwoods are.
Because they can come with a snap-in feature that locks the planks into place and provides a further way of waterproofing, luxury vinyl planks are ideal as a free, floating floor that requires no gluing down.
When you look at the costs of ceramic tile and hardwood floors, luxury vinyl floors can often be purchased at a much lower price than those flooring materials it is able to so accurately mimic.
On almost any level, practical or aesthetic, luxury vinyl floors make a valuable addition to any home. Here’s why:
Now that you understand how practical and cost-efficient it is to have a luxury vinyl floor installed in your busy home, the next step is to work with a professional flooring specialist who can guide you through the processes of selection and installation.
Carpet To Go has been providing their flooring expertise to Seattle area homeowners and businesses for the past 20 years. They have large quantities of flooring materials on hand, and can order any and all major brands. They have a full-service installation department onsite, and can even offer you an express installation.
Contact Carpet to Go today to learn more!