What Are the Best Vinyl Plank Flooring Options?

What Are the Best Vinyl Plank Flooring Options?

And how to choose the best installation option for you

Vinyl plank flooring is the go-to alternative for homeowners who are trying to mimic the timeless appearance of stone or hardwood flooring at a fraction of the cost of the traditional materials. This type of flooring can be used in any part of your home including high traffic and high moisture areas like bathrooms and kitchens. Vinyl is a durable and water-resistant material which makes it quite versatile. There are also different types and a broad range of installation options. If you are looking to install vinyl plank flooring in your home, here are the best options that Dreyco Flooring and Design would recommend you to consider.?

LVP or LVT

LVP and LVT are two marketing terms commonly used to describe vinyl plank flooring. LVP stands for Luxury Vinyl Plank while LVT is the acronym for Luxury Vinyl Tile. The main difference between these two options is their design layer and shape.?

  • LVP: The design of the Luxury Vinyl Plank is inspired by wood. Hence, it usually comes in thin strips that mimic wide plank flooring. The dimension of LVP is also similar to that of regular wood planks?
  • LVT: Luxury Vinyl Tile on the other hand is inspired by stone tile and typically comes in either 12?12 or 12?24 inch dimensions.

WPC vs. SPC
Vinyl plank flooring can also be in the form of Wood Polymer Composite (WPC) or Stone Polymer Composite (SPC) which refers to the type of rigid core the material is made up of.?

  • WPC flooring includes wood flour (filtered sawdust) as its core material. This helps to increase its soundproofing and insulation properties. WPC planks are better installed in residential properties.?
  • SPC flooring has a core that is made from limestone materials instead of stone. They are usually thinner but more rigid than WPC planks. This rigidity makes them better suited for high traffic areas and commercial properties like showroom floors, commercial garages, retail stores, and so on.?


Vinyl plank flooring installation options

Vinyl plank flooring can be installed in different ways. This further introduces some variety to your flooring project and gives you more options. You can have your vinyl flooring installed as:?

  • Click-together floating floors: for this type of installation, the planks are snapped and locked together very much like a jigsaw puzzle would. Rather than being attached to the subfloor, the tight fit of these planks is what holds them together.?
  • Glue-down floors: in this type of installation, the vinyl planks are attached directly to the subfloor using a strong industrial-grade adhesive.?
  • Loose-lay floors: this installation option is used for heavier vinyl materials typically with a rubber-type backing which can be laid directly on top of the subfloor. No adhesives are needed for this type of installation. Instead, the weight of the planks and friction between them and the subfloor keeps them in place.?
  • Peel-and-stick floors: If you want to install vinyl flooring on your own, these are your best bet. They are like peel and stick carpet tiles. All you need to install them is a utility knife, a chalk line, and measuring tape.