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What to Know About Vinyl Plank Flooring

Views: 331     Author: Site Editor     Publish Time: 2021-11-23      Origin: Site

Vinyl plank flooring is a durable choice for home flooring. Not only can you install this material yourself in a short time, but it also withstands tough use while staying beautiful for years. You'll find vinyl plank flooring in a wide array of price points to fit almost any budget.

What Is Vinyl Plank Flooring?

Just as it sounds, vinyl plank flooring is made out of vinyl that comes in plank shapes similar to hardwood flooring. This material looks like hardwood, and it comes in a variety of different finishes to resemble different wood species. If you're looking for affordable flooring that fits in with other decor in your home, it's usually possible to find vinyl plank flooring that matches or coordinates with the other wood already present. Vinyl plank flooring is a winning choice if you intend to put it to hard use, as this material is exceptionally durable.

Consider luxury vinyl plank flooring for your home if you want a higher grade of vinyl that's waterproof and durable. Vinyl plank flooring in the luxury grades resembles hardwood in both appearance and feel, and it's got a high-density, thicker core made of fiberboard.

Vinyl Plank Flooring Installation

One of the best aspects of vinyl plank flooring is the installation process. Even if you're not an expert, you can probably install this material yourself in a room in about a day. There's no need for an underlayment, so you can put these planks right over many types of existing flooring without worry. Do make sure that your subfloor is level first though. If necessary, sand down high spots. Join the planks by snapping together the tongue-and-groove edges, working your way across the floor. Try to stagger seams to vary the wood patterns, and don't forget to leave small gaps along the walls to allow the flooring to expand and contract with temperature changes.

Care of Vinyl Plank Flooring

You can keep your vinyl plank flooring beautiful with just a few care tips. Place furniture on felt pads so you don't scratch the plank surface. Avoid furniture on rollers, because the rollers tend to scratch the vinyl. When you need to move furniture, lay down plywood first to prevent dragging items across the floor.

Reviews of Vinyl Plank Flooring

Reviews on vinyl plank flooring tend to be positive, especially for luxury vinyl plank flooring that has a thicker core. This type of flooring provides extra cushioning, is waterproof and closely resembles hardwood. Before you purchase this type of flooring, read reviews to see how other buyers liked a specific brand or style. Look for reviews that discuss how well the flooring has held up over time; these give you a better clue about durability.

Cleaning Vinyl Plank Flooring

The first step in cleaning vinyl plank flooring is to sweep or vacuum it daily to remove dry dust and dirt from the surface, which can scratch and dull the finish. When it's time for a more in-depth cleaning, mop the floor. Consult manufacturer recommendations for cleansers. It's typically safe to use white vinegar diluted with warm water on the floor. Be sure to use warm water, not hot, to clean the flooring. Don't scrub it with a brush, because this could take away the shine.

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