Luxury vinyl plank flooring (LVP) doesn’t absorb humidity as wood does. It won’t expand and contract to adjust to the weather and it is considered to be one of the best flooring materials for humid areas. While it has a remarkably realistic look of wood, it’s completely waterproof so it is ideal for wet rooms like the kitchen, bath, and laundry room.

Much of this has to do with the wear layer. While the wear layer’s job is mainly durability, this one also pitches in to help by keeping spills sitting at the top just waiting to be wiped off.

But stylish enough for any room

Just because LVP is terrific for higher-than-normal moisture rooms doesn’t mean it isn't stylish enough for all areas. Not only are we seeing it in every room in the house, but some of those are high-end homes where once nothing but real wood would even be considered.

LVP is one of the design cuts of  LVF ( flooring), a true-to-life image of wood, plastic, or stone. In all LVF, the image layer is created with 3D photography which makes it clear, accurate, and vibrant. Embossing adds depth, dimension and some textured features such as wire brushed, hand scraped, weathered, and distressed. Finishes are available in matte, gloss, and high gloss finishes.

Luxury vinyl plank flooring
is created by cutting the images into strips and mounting them on boards to mimic hardwood planks. Although planks are often associated with hardwood, some people do use them when simulating stone, as they feel the large format and fewer seams make it look more continuous like that of a quarried slab. The other version is LVT, square, groutable tile-sized pieces.

How does it differ from the standard version?

It is thicker. While the standard is usually 2-mm to 8-mm, the luxury planks can go as high as 12-mm. Wear layers are measured in mils, the best thickness for residential use is 20-mils.  Moreover, standard vinyl is available only in sheets or composite tiles, but this has the option of being cut into planks or tiles.

Specialty flooring SC is your luxury vinyl plank retailer. Come into our showroom in Ridgeland, SC to learn more and to hear about our estimate, especially if you live in Ridgeland, Beaufort, Bluffton, Hilton Head, SC, and Savannah, GA