< img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=3666974200246012&ev=PageView&noscript=1"/>
You are here: Home / News / Industry Encyclopedia / How to Identify High-Quality Vinyl Plank Flooring

How to Identify High-Quality Vinyl Plank Flooring

Author: Site Editor     Publish Time: 2022-03-03      Origin: Site

Inquire

facebook sharing button
twitter sharing button
line sharing button
wechat sharing button
linkedin sharing button
pinterest sharing button
whatsapp sharing button
sharethis sharing button

The best types of vinyl flooring share the same general construction.


Look for a Thicker Wear Layer

You only need to know two measurements when shopping for vinyl floors:


l Millimeters measures the entire board’s thickness, and

l Mil, which measures the thickness of the wear layer. (For our fellow nerds out there, mil equals a thousandth of an inch).

The thicker the wear layer, the more durable the floor—although this advice is the same no matter what type of flooring you buy.


If you’ve compared vinyl plank vs. laminate, you’ll know that both products benefit from a thicker wear layer. The best engineered wood flooring brands are differentiated by their thicker wood veneers. The same goes for the best vinyl plank flooring brands, too!


How Thick Should a Vinyl Plank Wear Layer Be?

For an area with a lot of traffic, we’d recommend a wear layer of 20mil or thicker. For low-key spaces (like bedrooms or dining rooms), 12mil should be fine. Anything lower might last you about as long as a t-shirt from H&M.


For comparison sake, factories, hospitals, and schools use 22mil–40mil wear layers. The odds are good that the same LVP can handle your hyperactive Tibetan Mastiff!  


Just Remember: Not All Wear Layers Are Created Equal!

It’s important to remember, though, that not all wear layers are the same. And here’s where it gets tricky—because not all of the best vinyl plank brands make their wear layers the same way.


Some wear layers offer UV protection; others incorporate different materials; it all depends on the manufacturer. In general, though, you have 4 main categories:


1. Vinyl-Only: These wear layers offer the least amount of protection, as vinyl isn’t inherently scratch-proof. It doesn’t matter how thick a simple vinyl wear layer is—it still won’t be particularly durable.

2. Polyurethane: These wear layers offer a good deal more protection; polyurethane is extremely durable and used to protect many different types of flooring.

3. Polyurethane with Aluminum Oxide: These wear layers incorporate a super-hard crystalline coating—aluminum oxide—for extra durability.

4. Polyurethane with Ceramic Bead Technology: These wear layers incorporate tiny beads that essentially act as ball bearings—ensuring that materials slide on the surface rather than gouging it.

Again, these categories are very general, and many manufacturers put other materials into their wear layers (like cultured diamonds, for instance).


But overall, polyurethane wear layers are much more durable than simple vinyl wear layers—especially when they have aluminum oxide or (even better) ceramic bead technology.


Look for Attached Underlayments

Many of the best vinyl plank flooring brands will add extra layers to their products to increase comfort, durability, etc.


For instance: you might find an attached cork underlayment on a product for a better underfoot feel. This can give you the springiness of cork (which is great for sore joints) without any of the disadvantages of cork flooring on its own.


Look into these extra layers—they’re often a sign that the manufacturer is trying to do away with the inherent disadvantages of vinyl plank flooring (which we’ll mention below) and offering a superior product.


Table of Content list
Get in Touch with Us
GO GREEN WITH PROTEX
Contact Us
Have questions or ready to start your flooring journey with Protex? Reach out to us! Our dedicated team is here to assist you. Choose your preferred method of contact: 
Phone: +86-139 1239 7749
Tel: +86 510-82719021
Add: No. 118 Laowei Industrial Area, Xinghua, Jiangsu 225768,China.
 
Click here to get Free Sample !
Get in Touch with Us
Home
Copyright © 2024 Protex Flooring Co.,Ltd. All rights reserved.    
PVC Flooring

 
 
 
 
PROTEX SINCERELY INVITE YOU TO ATTEND THE
DOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR 2024
Booth No.7.2D28
Time:28 -30 MAY,2024
Place:Shanghai, China
National Exhibition and convention center