Today’s luxury vinyl plank flooring is so close to hardwood or tile flooring that it’s hard to tell the difference. Designed to look and feel like the real thing, it’s also easy to maintain, durable, and long lasting, even under heavy traffic.
Like a good cake, vinyl plank flooring is made of four layers, and it helps to understand each layer as you shop for the type you want.
At the bottom of Luxury Vinyl is a layer that adds stability to the floor. It may include mold/mildew resistance, soundproofing, or add to the waterproofing or water resistance. Some have attached insulating underlayers. Some are made with environmentally friendly materials.
The main part of an LV floor is the core, designed so that it will install smoothly over uneven subfloors. WPC (Wood Plastic Composite) core is a flexible, waterproof layer that won’t swell or warp, even when exposed to water. SPC (Stone Plastic Composite) is also known as Rigid Core. Even more durable that WPC, it is almost indestructible, making it a great choice for heavy traffic or even commercial applications.
Vinyl flooring gets its look from this layer. It’s available in an unbelievably wide range of colors and styles, from stone tile to weathered wood, and everything in between. Embossing adds realistic texture, another reason why you often can’t tell the difference between luxury vinyl and wood or tile.
The Wear Layer.
At the top of the floor is a thin transparent layer that is responsible to protect the floor from scratches, fading, and from stain. It’s measured in 1/1000ths of an inch, called a mil. The thicker layers yield more resistance.
You’ll find a huge selection range of Vinyl Flooring at Southside, at low prices that are icing on the cake!