Luxury vinyl plank and tile is a high end vinyl that looks like real hardwood or tile. Unlike sheet vinyl, luxury vinyl comes in individual pieces - either large tiles (w/ grout lines) or long planks like wood. Because they are individual pieces, they look real and most have embossing, so that they have ridges to mimic the look and feel of hardwood graining or natural stone.
There are many advantages to high end luxury vinyl:
1. Luxury vinyl looks and feels real - The material looks incredible. Most customers are surprised at how good it looks and how real it feels. Unlike laminate flooring, which is a floating floor, high end luxury vinyl adheres and glued directly to the floor. So, it also feels real when you walk on it and it doesn't make that tinny noise nor move underneath your feet like laminate flooring does.
2. Luxury vinyl is waterproof and very durable - Yes, they are perfect for areas that tend to get water or moisture such as a kitchen, bathroom, basement, entryway or even a retail store or restaurant.
3. Luxury vinyl is flexible, so it can work well on floors that are uneven - I come across many floors in westchester that are either sloped or uneven and for these types of floors, it's difficult to install tile or laminate on them as they can crack. But, luxury vinyl can flex and go over the slopes and valleys that your floor may have. You do need to do some floor prep, but the luxury vinyl can tolerate discrepancies much better than other surfaces.
4. Luxury vinyl is easy to clean - It's easy to cleans spills and dirt off of high end vinyl. And, any all purpose cleaner will work.
5. Luxury vinyl is warmer on your feet than tile - Tile extracts more heat, so it feels much colder.
As the name implies, high end luxury vinyl is not cheap. It's a high quality material that will last much longer than most other surfaces, and it does require skilled labor. But, if you have a wavy floor, it will usually be less expensive than installing tile (or even hardwood). And, you won't need to worry about it if you have a flood or water damage.
High end vinyl flooring/luxury vinyl tile and plank is a wonderful option for a nice look with high durability.
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