Luxury vinyl plank flooring, otherwise known as LVP, is quickly becoming a popular choice for new homes. Built to withstand years of hard use, LVP is a prime choice due to its affordability, low-maintenance properties and aesthetic appeal. But that's not all.Here are a few more reasons why you may want to consider LVP flooring for your new home.
What is LVP?
LVP is an innovative flooring made out from synthetic materials but produced to resemble natural flooring surfaces like hardwood and tile. The most popular forms of LVP mimic varnished and stained hickory, oak, or other natural woods but it's also possible to buy LVP that looks like ceramic tile, marble, slate, travertine, and limestone. New manufacturing techniques even allow LVP to have a similar texture and feel!
Keep in mind, there are no industry standards for what does or doesn't constitute LVP, so be sure to work with a builder who offers you the best in terms of design, colour, and manufacturing standards.
Easily the greatest benefit of LVP is it allows you to create a customized look. If you want the look of aged hardwood in the bedroom but distressed stone in the kitchen, this is easily doable with LVP.
Even more innovative ideas include LVP flooring that comes in block colours and unusual substances like pebbles or even cobbles.
When comparing the average price per square foot for different kinds of flooring, LVP is almost always more affordable than stone, ceramic tiling, and hardwood. This can result in big savings when choosing flooring for an entire house.
This material is also sold in standard strips, making it easy to install, maintain, and replace. Most LVP is installed directly on the subfloor of the home, meaning there's no extra carpentry or construction work necessary (meaning lower costs for you).
Unlike older styles of vinyl flooring like laminates or linoleum, LVP is 100% waterproof. Whether it's kids spilling their drinks, pet accidents or a leaky dishwasher, you'll never have to worry about moisture damaging your flooring. LVP flooring is especially popular in places like bathrooms and kitchens where spills and humidity are a common occurrence.
LVP is also a great choice in other areas with high humidity levels such as the basement. Not only will it repel moisture and condensation as we've already mentioned, but it's extremely mould-resistant and therefore ideal for extreme seasonal changes.
Easy to Maintain
LVP is extremely resistant to dirt, scuffs and other forms of damage. Nearly impossible to crack, chip, or gouge, all it needs to stay looking good is some routine sweeping and mopping - perfect for high-traffic areas, and those with pets and kids.
Most LVP flooring is rated to last at least 20 years, so once it's installed, you'll never have to worry about your flooring. Of course, no flooring is completely impermeable to damage, so you'll still need to be careful not to scratch it when moving furniture or other heavy items.
Easy on the Feet
Most LVP comes with a soft backing, often felt. This may not seem significant at first glance, but this backing gives LVP flooring a softer, more comfortable feel when you walk on it. This is yet another reason why it's so popular in finished basements where the subfloor is quite hard. Glasses, mugs, and fragile items are less likely to break when dropped on an LVP floor.
LVP is also resistant to the cold, making it feel a lot warmer and more comfortable underfoot during the winter.
It may seem strange to classify an entirely synthetic material such as LVP as eco-friendly, but is much smaller when compared to the manufacture of organic flooring substances like hardwood and stone.
Furthermore, the longevity of this type of flooring means it won't have to be replaced for many years, substantially reducing the materials and energy costs of your home. LVP is also designed to be easy to repair and replace, further reducing these costs over the lifetime of the building. Many manufacturers also used recycled materials to create their LVP flooring products.
In short, its affordability, ease of installation, wide variety of style and texture choices, and simple upkeep make LVP one of the most popular flooring options for many new homes in Regina. Be sure to talk to your builder for more information as to why LVP may be perfect for you and your family.