Slate texture vinylVinyl is a versatile and appealing flooring option for many Concord homeowners. Unlike the cheap-looking vinyl of the past, new technology has allowed for significant improvements to what vinyl is today. It has become a cost effective and stylish alternative to more expensive flooring materials.

Styles & Construction

Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is an increasingly popular form of vinyl that can be made to imitate the look of other flooring types, such as hardwood or natural stone. This is made possible by advanced manufacturing technology that can texturize and print specific visual patterns. The visual layer of the vinyl contains a realistic image that mimics the look of real stone, wood, or whatever material you’re looking to replicate. A finish layer is applied on top of the visual layer to provide protection against wear, mold, and mildew. The base layer is made of an eco-friendly material that offers flexibility, stability, and helps make the vinyl flooring moisture and dent resistant.

Areas of Use

One of the most appealing things about LVT is that it can be installed in almost any area of your home. Its resistance to moisture makes it a good option for rooms where water comes in regular contact with the floor, like kitchens, bathrooms, and mudrooms. It’s also very easy to clean, which is something you want in the floor you install in these rooms. In addition to its practicality, its adaptable appearance not only allows it to match your existing décor, but can add a level of sophistication to it as well.

Care & Maintenance

While luxury vinyl is pretty durable, it still requires care just like any other floor. It’s easy to maintain and can generally be cleaned with just a damp mop or rag. Although LVT is water resistant, excessive contact with moisture can be damaging over time. Spills should be cleaned up when they happen, and mats should be placed at doorways to help keep dirt and moisture off the floors. You should sweep them regularly to prevent accumulation of dirt and dust. Felt pads should be used under furniture to prevent scratching, and you should avoid dragging heavy objects across your floors.

If you have more questions about vinyl or are wondering whether it is the right flooring choice for your home, contact Floor Coverings International Concord today and schedule your free design consultation.

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