In recent years, vinyl has dramatically improved in style and performance. But with these improvements, it has become more confusing to browse through vinyl’s wide selection of product variations. The team at Floor Coverings International is here to help! Read on to learn about three popular types of luxury vinyl flooring that you can use in your home.
What Is Luxury Vinyl?
Luxury vinyl flooring provides realistic wood and stone looks using 3D printing technology to mimic the texture of the real thing. A protective wear layer covers the textured vinyl, increasing its resistance to scratching, staining, and wear. Luxury vinyl comes in tile and plank forms. These product types are shortened to LVT (luxury vinyl tile) and LVP (luxury vinyl plank).
Choosing Between LVT and LVP Styles
How do you choose between luxury vinyl tile and plank styles? This ultimately comes down to personal preference. Tile pieces typically come in stone looks, while plank pieces have both wood and stone looks. Both styles have a few installation options. Certain LVT products have peel-off backing, while others are installed with full-spread adhesive. Meanwhile, some LVP products also have peel-off backing, but most are installed with a click-and-lock method similar to laminate flooring.
What About EVP?
EVP stands for engineered vinyl plank. It is a subset of luxury vinyl plank with a rigid core made of fiberboard. This fiberboard core is often referred to as HDF or MDF, which stand for high-density fiberboard and medium-density fiberboard. These options are either comparable in performance or better than plywood cores, which are used for many engineered hardwood and laminate flooring products.
Engineered vinyl plank is an excellent flooring option for areas with minor irregularities in the subfloor. Most EVP products also have a bottom layer of cork used for cushioning. This provides added comfort and sound absorption.
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