Hardwood flooring has been popular for years thanks to its beauty and durability. Despite this, the large price tag and lengthy installation process can make this classic flooring option less than ideal for many homeowners in the Calgary, Alberta area. One popular alternative that we love here at Floor Coverings International Calgary is vinyl plank. This durable and low-maintenance material can be installed practically anywhere and is available in a huge range of styles. It’s not hard to understand why our customers love it!
Vinyl plank flooring is a type of a larger vinyl flooring style known as luxury vinyl tile. This durable flooring material is made with a thick layer of vinyl, a 3D printed image and topped with a thick wear layer that resists scratches and other damage. The innovative 3D imaging technology allows the tiles to take on the look of almost any other style of flooring, including hardwood.
The installation process for vinyl is much faster than hardwood. Often it can be installed on top of your existing subfloor. The planks fit together with an adhesive base, and they come prefinished, so there’s no messy on-site finishing. Though these floors can be installed by homeowners, it’s a good idea to get the help of professionals to ensure that the planks are installed close enough together. It’s easy to leave small gaps between planks. This can cause damage later when dirt or dust gets between the planks.
Benefits & Drawbacks
There is a range of great benefits that comes with choosing vinyl plank flooring. First, most vinyl plank floors are completely waterproof. Hardwood floors aren’t often installed in moisture-prone areas like bathrooms, laundry rooms and basements. If you love the look of hardwood, vinyl plank is a great alternative for these spaces! That way, if water is spilled or moisture is often present, you won’t have to worry about costly damages.
Vinyl plank is also much more affordable than hardwood flooring. If you aren’t looking to make as significant of an investment, it’s a great choice.
Though some could see this as a benefit, it also comes with the negative fact that you won’t be adding value to your home like you would with hardwood floors.
It’s also important to note that vinyl plank cannot be refinished like hardwood flooring. Though vinyl plank can last a good number of years, it won’t have the same longevity as a quality hardwood floor.
If you have more questions about vinyl plank, or any other style of flooring, contact us today at Floor Coverings International Calgary!
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