Columbia homeowners that are looking for an alternative to solid hardwood flooring should consider luxury vinyl planks. This durable material looks just like the real thing at a fraction of the cost. Learn more about the pros and cons of luxury vinyl plank flooring here, and contact the team at Floor Coverings International Columbia East when you are ready to get started.
Benefits of Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring
One of the primary benefits of luxury vinyl plank flooring is the cost. It is cheaper to source and install than solid or engineered hardwood, but it comes in finishes that expertly mimic real wood. From traditional oak to high-end exotic hardwoods, and smooth-sanded finishes to rustic hand-scraped textures, luxury vinyl plank flooring can deliver any custom look at a fraction of the cost.
Unlike real hardwood, luxury vinyl can also be installed in areas that hardwood should not. It is 100% moisture resistant and super durable. It will resist scuffs, scrapes and scratches, making this flooring an obvious favorite for homeowners with children, pets or any high traffic areas. It is also perfectly suited to laundry rooms, entryways, bathrooms, basements or any space with higher levels of moisture and humidity.
Luxury vinyl planks are also more resilient than hardwood flooring. This is a great option for kitchens or other areas of the home where you spend a lot of time on your feet. The softer surface is more forgiving and will be comfortable and easy to maintain for many years in your Columbia home.
Drawbacks to Luxury Vinyl
While there are very few drawbacks to luxury vinyl planks, there are some important things to consider before installing this flooring in your home. While it may mimic hardwood, it is not the real thing and it will not bring the same return on investment if you decide to sell your home down the road.
If luxury vinyl is damaged it cannot be refinished like real hardwood. The planks will need to be replaced all together, which can be costly and inconvenient. Keep extra materials on hand from the same source should you need to replace planks in the future.
Finally, luxury vinyl needs to be installed over a level subfloor. Unlike real hardwood, which can be sanded to account for any imperfections, luxury vinyl will reveal any flaws in the floor beneath. If the subfloor is not level, the vinyl planks could have gaps and an overall uneven appearance.
If you are ready to learn more about luxury vinyl plank flooring or another flooring options, contact Floor Coverings International Columbia East for a free in-home design consultation. We’ll come to your home with our mobile showroom.
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