The LVP Trend- What is it?
Technology is ever-evolving. With each passing year, the world makes leaps and bounds of progress into the future of technology. The flooring industry is no exception to this. A relatively new trend in the industry is Luxury Vinyl Planks (LVP or LVT, “T” for tile). You may have heard this term thrown around if you have shopped for a floor in the past 10 years. But what exactly is it? Why is this specific kind of flooring taking the world by storm? And what sets it apart from traditional hardwood floors or even laminate? All these questions and more will be answered by leading industry experts in this blog.
Floor built for aesthetics
A floor is only as good as it looks, right? LVP brands have released many hyper-realistic planks with embossed real-wood feel and beveled edges. LVP Manufacturers closely follow hardwood floor trends for inspiration and design direction.
Floor built to last
This kid- and pet-friendly, water -proof/resistant flooring is not only stylish but also very durable. LVP floor is made up of a vinyl-printed wear-layer on top, composite rigid core, and usually a sound-dampening backing.
Unlike LVP, hardwood floors can scratch, crack and buckle over time leading to costly repairs and stringent maintenance routines. Not to mention, hardwood floors seasonally gap with the changing weather year-round, something you won’t experience with LVP. You’ll also find LVP doesn’t require expensive refinishing, which hardwood floors may need to remove scratches down the road. Your typical laminate flooring may be a strong choice but will unfortunately expand with water exposure, just like hardwood floors. That said, most LVP is water-resistant, if not waterproof. The maintenance is simple and hassle-free.
The term “Vinyl” tends to scare some people off from this incredible option for their home build or remodel. In fact, you’re not alone if you have some image of a cheap, flimsy material in your head. But be prepared to be shocked! Like all technology, vinyl has evolved into quite a marvelous flooring option—even a hardwood flooring alternative—that comes in at a surprisingly affordable price.
Floor built for ease
What would be a trendy yet durable floor without simplicity of install? Most LVP brands boast a product so easy to install, some can even DIY it. A simple drop-and-lock installation system will leave you as a satisfied customer. Want to leave the install to the professionals? That’s not a problem, either! Most professional floor installers will install at around half the price of installing a hardwood floor! Which means more savings for an ultra-lasting beautiful floor.
What type of underlayment should you use? How many inches thick? How do you install it? And how do you avoid damaging your floors in the process?
When you work with Factory Flooring, you don’t have to worry about these questions. Our team of professional flooring installers will handle all the heavy lifting for you — literally. All you have to do is relax and enjoy the savings on your energy bill.
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