Vinyl Flooring (Tiles & Planks) – Mission Unfloorable

Vinyl Flooring (Tiles & Planks) – Mission Unfloorable

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When considering what type of vinyl flooring to install, one must consider a plethora of variables which are generally considered ‘pros and cons’.  These are to be weighed out in accordance with the conditions of the installation sight as well as the desires of the customer.  In many instances the vinyl flooring the customer desires is not appropriate for the setting in the area to be installed such as solid hardwood in a basement.  At this point, the consumer must recognize the issues at hand and find appropriate, alternative flooring options for the area in question.  In that particular case, the concrete sub-floor, being below grade (ground-level), is very likely to absorb outlying groundwater and exude that moisture vertically and infuse it into solid hardwood planks.  This is a sure-fire way to ruin a perfectly good, and rather expensive, new hardwood floor.

Digressing from the obvious, one must now consider other types of flooring to be installed in said basement, such as vinyl flooring.  Now, there are four other types of flooring which are considered ‘okay’ to install in such an area: Engineered Hardwood, Laminate, Roll Vinyl flooring (linoleum-type products) and Carpet including carpet tiles, but the BEST option for moisture-prone areas is Luxury Vinyl Tile and/or Luxury Vinyl Plank.  This is different than the vinyl flooring mentioned before as it comes in the form of planks and tiles rather than rolls.  It is also generally thicker than ‘roll vinyl’ and provides more support and comfort to the joints and bones.  Also, if it ever comes into contact with moisture, or even floods (knock on wood…  err..  Well, knock on wood-looking products if necessary), the vinyl tiles and planks will not be adversely affected.  Obviously, putting LVT/LVP at the bottom of a swimming pool may cause the product to degrade over a period of time due to its chemical composition.  Otherwise, this particular type of flooring is the absolute safest version of vinyl flooring to date in relation to water-related issues.

LVTs and LVPs have come a long way since its inception into the flooring market.  Top-coats or ‘finishes’ have become more and more resilient with the advent of micro-ceramic infusion and enhancement as well utilizing aluminum-oxide particles by dusting them on the finish as it goes through the curing process.  Not only that, but the enhancements in the finishing process developed over the years have allowed for a more thorough curing of the urethane top-coat by way of high-powered UV rays.  The UV rays create a stronger bond between the urethane molecules which, in turn, give a harder wear-layer which can withstand more wear and tear.

Taking great consideration of the installation site, the pros and cons of the various flooring products as well as the desired look and effect of the flooring will help ensure that your next flooring project may very well be your last.  Thanks for checking in and we look forward to meeting again.

-Dustin L. Phillips

–Next time we will discuss the various installation types associated with luxury vinyl planks and tiles.–

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