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Is Luxury Vinyl Flooring Really Luxurious?

Don’t let that word “vinyl” fool you into thinking luxury vinyl flooring is the scuffed-up kitchen workhorse your grandma walked on. Luxury vinyl flooring is a relatively new product, offering the best of all possible worlds. It’s durable and can be as budget-friendly as traditional vinyl, and, thanks to innovative technology in manufacturing, as beautiful and realistic as real hardwood, ceramic tile and stone.

Armstrong luxury vinyl plank floors
Luxury vinyl plank
Luxury vinyl flooring falls into two product categories. Luxury vinyl plank reflects the looks of fine hardwood – walnut, mahogany, oak and maple – right down to the depth of color, grain pattern and texture. It even comes in authentic board lengths and widths, with beveled edges and ends.

The other luxury vinyl flooring product replicates textured ceramic tile or natural stone like quartz, slate and travertine. This tile floor looks exactly like nature’s finest materials, including subtle color variations and random veining. As real as it looks, luxury vinyl tile doesn’t have the cold, brittle hardness of stone and ceramic tile. In fact, it feels soft and warm underfoot! And you don’t have to worry about dropped items shattering on your floor.

Armstrong luxury vinyl tile flooring
Luxury vinyl tile
Luxury vinyl flooring features

Design choices – High resolution imaging delivers unmatched realism in wood, ceramic tile and stone looks, plus a wide range of appealing textures and colors.

Performance/durability – A protective wear layer of enhanced urethane makes these floors resistant to scratches and scuffs. Another clear film layer adds durability and helps protect against rips, tears and gouges. Luxury vinyl flooring is also water- and stain-resistant, making it perfect for active households with kids and pets.

Maintenance – Regular sweeping and occasional mopping is all it takes to keep luxury vinyl flooring looking great.

Home environment attributes – Luxury vinyl flooring won’t trap dust, pet dander and other allergens.

Cost – Priced $2.00 to $7.00 per square foot, luxury vinyl flooring is considered “value flooring” for its premium aesthetics and high-end design features.

Installation – Both planks and tiles can be installed almost anywhere in the home, even moisture-prone areas like bathrooms and basements. Luxury vinyl planks attach to themselves – not the floor, so they’re very easy to install. Even beginner DIYers can handle the installation. With tiles, the complexity of gluing and grouting requires skilled expertise, and professional installation is recommended.

The look, the touch and the incredible versatility of luxury vinyl flooring is something to experience in person. It’s worth taking time to stop at a flooring retailer and see for yourself.

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