There are several main categories of luxury vinyl flooring in Monroe County, PA: wood plastic composite (WPC), rigid core, and luxury vinyl tile/plank flooring. There are some slight differences among all three of these categories that you should be aware of before choosing one for your home.
Here’s a brief overview of these main types of luxury vinyl flooring in Monroe County, PA.
Luxury vinyl tile and plank flooring (LVT/LVP)
LVT and LVP flooring is the first generation of this type of flooring. It is commonly used as the name for this entire category of flooring, though that’s not technically correct. When talking to a sales person about luxury vinyl flooring, you might need to clarify specifically which type of flooring he or she is talking about.
While these floors are not necessarily always as high of quality as the other two types we will go over, they are still a great option for consumers who need economical flooring options. Just make sure you consider where the flooring will be installed before you decide exactly which type of LVT or LVP you will install. For example, if you have lots of sunlight or problems with subfloor imperfections, you’re probably going to want to avoid this type of flooring, as it’s more likely to have issues such as warping, gapping, cupping and telegraphing. This type of floor can also scratch or dent with use over time.
WPC luxury tiles and planking is an improved version of the first generation of LVT/LVP. The core of the flooring contains plastic and, in some cases, wood, though many these days do not contain wood at all. Sometimes they also have a cork backing, which can help create more cushion and sound absorption.
WPC is waterproof and can be installed in areas that have subfloor imperfections. They can also be floated, meaning you don’t have to worry about gluing or nailing them down. Their easy maintenance during sweeping, vacuuming and damp mopping makes them a favorite for homeowners in all types of rooms. Use it in the kitchen, bathroom or basement.
Rigid core flooring
Rigid core is also an improved version of the first generation of LVT/LVP. It is highly stable and not likely to show indentation marks, making it more like laminate in terms of its durability. The core of the planks and tiles is solid PVC. Thanks to its durability, it does not telegraph subfloor imperfections, and can even be installed over hardwood or tile.
The dimensional stability of rigid core flooring means it will not expand and contract as temperatures rise and fall, which is what typically happens with luxury vinyl floors. You don’t have to worry about separation occurring at locations where the planks come together, and warping and cupping will also not be a problem. This makes it ideal for use in any room in your home.
For more information about luxury vinyl flooring in Monroe County, PA, contact The Floor Source today. We look forward to assisting you!
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