Vancouver Luxury Vinyl Flooring
Luxury vinyl flooring is now the most popular flooring option in the industry. It has gained a tremendous amount of reputation in the last decade and seems to be growing yearly. It can be as cost-effective as laminate, but it doesn’t have the problems a typical laminate flooring has with water. Third-party laboratory testings have proved that the industry has finally gotten around the off-gassing issues of old-school linoleum flooring. Vinyl is not just waterproof but also warm and quiet since it’s primarily made of plastic.
Traditional Vinyl Flooring
You can categorize vinyl into two main groups: traditional and hybrid (engineered). Traditional vinyl is the one without a solid core and it comes in either sheets, planks, or tiles. These products are typically glued to the sub-floor using vinyl pressure-sensitive glue. In recent years, the flooring industry has come up with options that don’t necessarily need to be glued to the subfloor as long as the perimeter is secured with double-sided vinyl tape. These are thicker than your average traditional vinyl flooring and typically they have some sort of anti-slip backing. Most flooring experts, however, recommend gluing the product to the subfloor unless installed temporarily. Regardless of the installation method, the sub-floor must be feathered and patched properly for the right results. Feather patching with Ardex feather finish is a technical flooring preparation procedure that gets more crucial as the product gets thinner.
Luxury Engineered (Hybrid) Vinyl
However, the most used vinyl flooring in the industry is the hybrid luxury vinyl, which consists of a solid core and a locking mechanism. Hybrid vinyl doesn’t need to be glued to the subfloor with pressure-sensitive glue, and also you can skip the feather patching part of the sub-floor preparation. However, your floor levelling has to be a lot more strict, so you don’t put pressure on the locking system in the long run.
The core of hybrid vinyl flooring can be either WPC or SPC. WPC stands for “wood plastic composite,” and SPC stands for “stone plastic composite.” WPC vinyl is typically thicker and has a higher cost compared to SPC. Therefore, WPC is mostly specified for residential use. On the other hand, SPC vinyl is thinner but typically more dent and scratch-resistant than WPC. Hence it is more suitable for commercial applications.
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Frequently Asked Questions
We offer our services in most of the Lower Mainland. Our exact areas of coverage in British Columbia is as follow:
- North Vancouver
- West Vancouver
- Port Coquitlam
- Port moody
- Maple Ridge
- New Westminster
- White Rock
Our list goes as follow:
Yes, it can be used for both commercial and residential applications. SPC vinyl is the most commonly used type of hard surface flooring in Canada due to the following reasons:
- Pet approved
- Sunlight approved
- Easy to install (hybrid vinyl)
Yes, all of our flooring installers are in-house and they are absolutely fabulous. We are famous for our team of pro installers as we would be lost without them. We appreciate every single one of them for their hard work and attention to detail. They take pride in following our philosophy of treating your home as if it were their own.
The price of installation for luxury vinyl planks or tiles is $2.00-2.50 SF for most flooring stores in Metro Vancouver. It really depends on the company and the installer’s experience level.
However, you must consider the following factors as well for the total cost:
- Existing floor removal and disposal
- Transitions and trims
- Subfloor preparation and leveling
Absolutely! Sheet vinyl is the hardest vinyl to install. This is because sheet vinyl needs to be seamed similar to broadloom carpet.
LVT stands for luxury vinyl tile and LVP stands for luxury vinyl plank. LVT mimics the look of porcelain tiles or stone. LVP mimics the look of natural hardwood.
Yes, that’s actually a common problem when it comes to vinyl floors. Unlike other hard surface flooring options, vinyl doesn’t show signs of damage when introduced to moisture. Therefore, you can have mold or mildew under your floors without ever noticing that. This is why, for healthy home living, we always recommend products that offer anti-fungal underlays attached.
Yes, it’s much harder since you need to properly prepare the subfloor by feather patching it prior to installation. A process that is not needed for hybrid vinyl installation.