Flooring for the home has gone through many changes over the years. Some materials have gone through phases of popularity, such as linoleum. Other flooring materials, like hardwood and stone tile, have maintained their popularity for the past few decades. Yet there is one type of flooring that has been around since the 1970s and has made a comeback among Burnaby homeowners, and that material is vinyl plank flooring.
What is Vinyl Plank?
Vinyl plank flooring is vinyl that imitates hardwood. It is a durable material often sought after for its water resistance, scuff resistance, and ease of maintenance. There are four distinct layers fused together to create this flooring material. A sturdy vinyl backing is the base, a vinyl color layer that comes in a wide range of colors can suit the design of your home, the photographic film layer resembles the grains and knots of hardwood, and a urethane top layer protects the floor from scuffs, fading, and scratches.
Styles & Qualities of Vinyl Plank Flooring
Vinyl plank comes in a variety of different styles and thicknesses. Homeowners can get flooring that is distressed, embossed, or has ridges to best mimic different wood grains and features of real hardwood. The planks can also resemble softwood species such as maple or pine without the disadvantages of being easily dented or scratched.
The thickness of the vinyl plank flooring will usually dictate its price and durability. The planks can be as thin as two millimeters and as thick as six millimeters. When the vinyl is thicker and of a higher quality, the manufacturer will normally add additional qualities to the surface such as mildew inhibitors and ultraviolet stability so the colors and finishes don’t fade from sun exposure.
Best Places for Installation
What makes vinyl plank flooring so versatile for Burnaby homes is its ability to be installed in any room of the house. Unlike some real hardwood varieties, it can be placed in basements and rooms that experience frequent moisture, such as kitchens and bathrooms. It also works well in high traffic areas because it is durable and capable of handing daily wear and tear. Vinyl plank is low maintenance and can be easily cleaned with simple mopping. Due to its durability, it can be installed anywhere and can withstand the rough play of kids and pets.
An Ideal Alternative to Hardwood
If you love the look of hardwood but are looking for a more affordable alternative, vinyl plank flooring is a great choice. It comes in a wide variety of textures and colors to allow it to fit into almost any decor styles. Call Floor Coverings International Northshore today to schedule a free consultation, and find out if vinyl plank is the best flooring for your home!
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