Monday, March 2, 2009

Why consider Luxury Vinyl Planks and Tiles

A recent trend in flooring is the advent of Luxury Vinyl Tile and Luxury Vinyl Plank. These products are not your Momma's kitchen floor! This style is also not to be confused with the Vinyl Peel and Stick products you find for .$99 at the big box stores. Luxury Vinyl is typically manufactured from virgin PVC, has a tough wearlayer, and also has a more robust backing system than standard vinyl sheet goods.

Why consider Luxury Vinyl Planks or Tiles?

First of all, durability. The products will not chip or dent as easily as a real wood product or even some laminates. The surface should hold up as well or better than anything else for most pet's nails too. They also hold up better than hardwoods and laminates in potentially wet areas such as kitchens, bathrooms, mud rooms, etc (no laminates in the kitchen please, from my own personal experience!). If you aren't using Ceramic tile in the wet areas, Luxury Vinyl is the way to go. To give you an example of durability, the next time you are in W**mart, go to the clothing section and look at what you are standing on. If it looks like a wood plank, but doesn't sound quite like you are walking on wood, that's Karndean's Luxury Vinyl Planks. If it is good enough for that kind of traffic, it should hold up in a home just fine.

Second is the look and feel. These are textured to look like the real thing, Wood, Ceramic, or Stone. In our Kardean Vinyl center at Beckler's carpet, people are blown away by the look. Unless you have seen it yourself, it's hard to believe. You can do anything from formal to rustic. Even add designs and floor borders. When you walk on Luxury Vinyl, it doesn't have as much of that "cold" feeling as Ceramic or Hardwood. Some consumers even say it is "softer" and more quiet to walk on.

There is a drawback. I would not recommend this as a do-it-yourself project. A heavy roller is required for installation and to make sure you fully get the warranty, you need to follow installation instructions to the letter.

The three leaders in Luxury Vinyl are Karndean International, Nafco Vinyl, and Eartherks. When comparing the three be sure to check specifications on wearlayers, warranties, and design versatility.

Luxury Vinyl may never outsell some of the other floorcovering options, but it is a heck of an alternative that makes sense and is here to stay.

Please call us at, 1-800-232-5537 for great deals on all brands of luxury vinyl tile and planks!

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