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What To Consider Before Installing Vinyl Plank Flooring In Your Home
Luxury vinyl plank (LVP) differs from standard vinyl flooring, which typically comes in sheets and only resembles planks, though the two names are sometimes used interchangeably.
A vinyl plank has many layers, including a rigid layer that makes it thicker and stronger. It also has an interlocking system for the planks to click into place.
LVP is a good choice if you want your floor to resemble wood without paying a hefty price. Its individual plank design allows it to pass better as wood, too.
The individual planks also make the installation easy and error-friendly. Many LVP brands don't use glue as a backing, so it's easy to unclick two planks if you miss a placement.
Additionally, LVP can expel moisture, withstand heat, and is easy to clean, which makes it perfect for kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, basements, or outdoor patios.
Highly customizable, LVP can fit into almost all rooms, and the thick flooring gives more cushion than traditional vinyl, making it kinder on bare feet and less noise-prone.
However, LVP still isn't as durable as hardwood or tiles, and it may be best to avoid using it in rooms with heavy furniture and areas with a lot of foot traffic.
Frequent movement of furniture or people on LVP, or dropping heavy items on it, may wear it down faster and create dents and cracks, and it'll likely have to be fully replaced.