Why Karndean Vinyl Flooring is My Favorite Luxury Vinyl Flooring

Karndean Renoir Luxury Vinyl Woodplank FlooringI’ve only just recently been exploring Karndean vinyl flooring, but what I’m finding is that it is a high quality product that I would recommend to anyone looking for a luxury vinyl solution. It has amazing benefits, it is strong and durable, and so easy to install. Not to mention it looks great, and has some of the most unique design styles that I have seen from an LVT.



  • Superior moisture resistance

  • Easy to maintain

  • Durable beyond belief

  • Stylish

  • Easy to install

  • Incredible wear finishes

  • Environmentally sound


When compared to lower quality products that are typically the cheaper LVT, Karndean vinyl flooring takes the cake. Many people think that all vinyl will hold up, but like wood grades and carpet quality you typically get what you pay for.

Karndean Renoir Slate Luxury Vinyl Tile FlooringHere are some problems that many run into when they base their decision on looks rather than quality:


  • Delamination – this happens when the layers of the particular product begin to separate

  • Poorly Designed – cheaper LVTs just don’t stand up to Karndean’s well thought out locking and join systems.

  • Off gassing – this I see a lot with really cheap LVT, it gives of strong odors and has VOC issues.

  • Poor quality finishes – This makes maintenance hard and the wear shows much faster from day to day activity.

  • Thin wear layers – Probably the most common problem with cheap low quality LVTs because they are easily scratched and damaged.

  • Hard to install!

  • Warranties are typically lower quality as well.


None of these qualities however are present in Karndean products.


Karndean Knight Vinyl Tile Slate FlooringSo what are the differences?


     To me nothing is more important that my health. Because off gassing is such a big problem when it comes to cheaper LVT you will not find these anywhere around me. A catch 22 when it comes to the environment, because many manufacturers used recycled vinyl and list it as a benefit to the environment, however these recycled materials contain harmful chemicals that make it tougher to control the quality of the finished product. That is not to say that modern technologies have not improved on cheaper lower quality vinyl, it is much better than it used to be. But you will still find these issues predominately in low-cost options that have been made inChina. Usually a great price, but it is a significantly lower quality product. Karndean is certified by Greenguard for Indoor Air Quality and Child/Schools Certification.

     The finish of the products is of up most importance, because this is the bread and butter of most flooring issues. Low quality LVT usually have very poor finishes that will require an immense amount of maintenance to stay up to par in a normal household. Karndean LVT actually comes with a low-maintenance factory finish that you do not have to do yourself immediately after installation. This makes your life much easier, as well as making cleaning an easier process.

     All of the reasons given are what makes Karndean vinyl flooring my favorite LVT on the market today. I give it my highest recommendation. Until next time, Happy Flooring!


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