One of the biggest concerns a flooring retailer hears is usually about pets but no worries when it’s LVP.

Any luxury vinyl, including LVP (luxury vinyl plank), is a layered product. The top layer is a clear plastic wear sheet that is ultra-strong and protects the floor from scratches and dings.

Be sure to mention this in the LVP store, however, because the flooring pro could have more suggestions, especially if you have one of those animals who might run and jump.

Other durability questions include:

Another question we hear a lot is about furniture, especially the heavier pieces like bookcases, armoires and heavy appliances. Yes, LVP Floors are strong enough to withstand the weight. Just use felt (not rubber, as it can stain) pads to prevent scratching--but, really, you probably should on almost any flooring!

What do the terms WPC, SPC and Resilient Vinyl mean?

To be sure, that can be pretty confusing, but WPC (wood plastic composite) and SPC (stone plastic composite) are two kinds of cores that are technologically advanced to offer the highest level of waterproof and moisture protection.

They won’t peel or flake no matter what.

Although the two are quite similar, SPC is more rigid than WPC. It feels almost like other hard surfaces. SPC was once used mainly in commercial installations, but because of the rapid increase in design options, we're seeing it more and more in homes.

Resilient vinyl is just another word for regular vinyl. The word “resilient” comes from the fact that it’s somewhere in between a truly hard surface, like hardwood, or a soft one, like carpet.

LVP has such a high end look we’re seeing this flooring in every room in the house, not just the kitchen or bath. It's a remarkable mimic of wood, includes embossing to give it texture, and comes in a matte or gloss finish.

Both are also:

●Easy to maintain. Just sweep daily and periodically run a mop dampened with water and a manufacturer-approved cleaner.
●Simple to install. With a few exceptions, it can be placed over most existing floors. The pieces click together like a puzzle.

For more information, and to hear about our free estimates, visit the Specialty Flooring showroom in Ridgeland, SC.