About Vinyl Plank Flooring
While the look of hardwood won’t likely be going out of fashion anytime soon, vinyl plank flooring is swiftly outranking it, and it’s not due to looks, alone. Today’s vinyl flooring so closely resembles their natural counterparts, including hardwood, that it’s virtually impossible to tell the difference upon glance. The differences are many, however, as vinyl plank is extremely affordable, resistant to water damages, and easy to maintain.
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What Is Vinyl Plank Flooring?
As we briefly mentioned before, vinyl plank flooring is a more durable alternative to hardwood and laminate. Vinyl plank is durable and stylish because of its unique layered construction. The top layer, or the wear layer, resists scratches and scuffs, and it can also handle spills and stains. This wear layer protects the design layer, which includes an ultra-realistic wood visual. With this design layer, vinyl plank flooring looks exactly like real hardwood.
Underneath the wear and design layers are support layers that are called core and base layers. These support layers provide exceptional strength and stability to each vinyl plank.
With the layered construction, vinyl plank flooring can handle pretty much anything life has to offer. The planks are unlikely to scratch, chip, or collapse even high traffic areas, and they also will not swell when exposed to moisture. As a result, vinyl plank flooring can be installed in a variety of home settings, including kitchens and bathrooms.
Waterproof Vinyl Plank Flooring
Many vinyl plank flooring options have strong waterproof cores, so they are considered 100% waterproof. The planks will never expand or collapse when exposed to significant moisture, and moisture will never reach the subfloor. These waterproof vinyl plank floors are definitely some of the most durable flooring options available for homes.