If it’s been a while since you shopped for flooring for your home in the White Bear Lake, St. Paul and Minneapolis areas, the concept of “luxury” vinyl flooring may be new to you. Here’s a quick read comparing the basic vinyl sheet flooring that you’re probably familiar with against the benefits of a new luxury vinyl floor:
Vinyl Sheet Flooring:
Originally, vinyl flooring was sold in sheets which could be cut to fit the room during installation. There are a couple of benefits of doing things this way.
First, the solid sheet provides a waterproof barrier, ideal for bathrooms and kitchens.
Second, low material and installation costs make vinyl sheet flooring more affordable than many other options. However, there are also some drawbacks that have given vinyl sheet flooring a bad reputation.
Sheet vinyl tends to contain noticeable patterns. While this is acceptable if there is an obvious pattern incorporated into the design, it’s less ideal if your goal is to replicate the look of wood or stone.
Repairing sheet vinyl is also a concern. While you can patch sheet vinyl if it gets damaged, the patch may stand out if the surrounding area is well worn. In addition, patching the damaged area will introduce a seam, which if not sealed correctly, could result in water damage.
Luxury Vinyl Planks and Tile:
Fortunately, manufacturers resolved most of these issues when they introduced luxury vinyl planks and tiles.
Luxury vinyl flooring replicates the look of wood and stone with a stunning degree of accuracy. A photorealistic layer beneath the protective wear layer gives the floor a spectacular look and wide variety of design options. Some types of luxury vinyl tile can even be grouted to look more like traditional tile!
So, if you want the rustic welcome of hand scraped wood or the classic, refined look of slate tile in your home, there is a luxury vinyl flooring option that is right for you.
Finally, luxury vinyl is thicker and more durable than sheet vinyl, so repair is less of a concern, especially in high traffic areas. If an accident does happen and your floor is damaged, you can replace the interlocking tiles or planks without having to worry about water damage.
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