How to Choose LVP Flooring

What is LVP?

In order to know how to choose LVP flooring for any environment, we need to start at the beginning. LVP stands for luxury vinyl planks, a type of specialized vinyl flooring. This flooring closely resembles hardwood, stone, or even tile, and is made out of several different layers of cork, décor film, and UV coating.

Between standard vinyl planks and luxury vinyl planks, the most significant differences are thickness and price. You’ll find that most luxury vinyl planks are thicker than standard ones. LVP is also considered a PVC flooring, which means moisture damage won’t ever be a concern. Therefore, LVP is most commonly found in damp places such as bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens.

Luxury vinyl flooring is designed to take on medium to heavy foot traffic easily and is also considered pet friendly. The surface doesn’t scratch easily, and its stain resistant. Perfect for high-traffic areas.

Your Subfloor Makes All the Difference

There are two types of LVP: floating and glue-down. How do you decide which one to use? It depends mostly on the surface of your subfloor.

Floating LVP doesn’t require any adhesive; it simple snaps into place with the rest of the planks around it. This makes for a simple DIY project, and it also requires also no preparation to the subfloor as the planks aren’t attached to it at all. While this means that any subfloor in any condition can be used with floating planks, it also means that these planks are prone to foot traffic and weight damage.

Glue-down LVP, however, is permanently attached to the subfloor with adhesive. Before installing the planks, the subfloor must be perfectly leveled and free of any debris, meaning that the installation process is more complicated and time consuming than floating LVP. Glue-down planks tend to have great resilience against foot traffic and weight damage because of this.

Wear Layer Thickness

When choosing LVP for your space, keeping the wear layer thickness in mind is important. Typically, the thicker the wear layer is, the better the quality is, meaning the planks will last longer. Different grades of wear layer thickness range from around 4 to 40 mil. For residential spaces with moderate traffic, 8 mil is the generally recommended thickness. As for commercial areas, it is smart to stick to a minimum of 20 mil because of the increased traffic.

Choosing an Applied Finish

There are three types of applied finishes to choose from. No-wax finishes are the least expensive option, and the most beneficial for spaces with low foot traffic or any exposure to dirt. Urethane finishes are great for floors with moderate foot traffic. While being scratch and scuff resistant, they hold up well and make LVP maintenance and cleaning easy.

Lastly, enhanced urethane finishes are the highest available quality on the market. They have a distinct, glossy appearance, and are a great choice for areas with heavy foot traffic, especially commercial spaces. This applied finish offers the most protection against wear, scratches, and other damages.

Let Us Help You Transform Your Floor

With all the colors, styles and textures of LVP offered, it may seem impossible to narrow down a decision. Considering your personal needs and inclinations will help you make the perfect choice for your space. No matter what you choose, DeZign is proud to take care of all your flooring needs. Call us today at (706) 370-7673.