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 it seems to be growing every year. 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 been able to get around the off-gassing issues the old-school linoleum flooring presented. Vinyl is not just a waterproof flooring option but it’s also warm and quiet since it’s primarily made out of plastic.
You can categorize vinyl into two main groups: traditional and engineered (hybrid) luxury vinyl flooring. 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 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 patched properly for the right results. Feather patching is a technical flooring preparation procedure that gets more crucial as the product gets thinner.
The most used vinyl flooring in the industry however is the hybrid luxury vinyl which consists of some sort of a solid core and a locking mechanism just like laminate flooring; these are considered engineered products. 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 leveling 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. SPC vinyl, on the other hand, is thinner but typically more dent and scratch-resistant than WPC, hence it is more suitable for commercial applications.
Luxury vinyl plank flooring can transform a home-style while simultaneously providing durable floors and even has the option of being used in commercial or residential applications. Vinyl tile is great because it can be installed in pretty much any room and even directly over pre-existing flooring like harder woods. Although luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is resilient and durable, they are not recommended for installation on concrete with a lot of cracks; you might consider vinyl sheet instead if this is the case.
Another option you may consider here when looking for new vinyl flooring is sheet vinyl floors. Sheet vinyl flooring is long strips of material that are glued onto the sub-floor. They come in varied sizes, thicknesses, colors, and patterns to wear well on just about any surface you can think of. Sheet vinyl is even more versatile than tile as it has a whole lot fewer joints and seams that need grout or caulk.
If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option of luxury vinyl flooring, sheet vinyl flooring is the way to go. Sheet vinyl floors are made up of strong types of plastic that are combined with some sort of mineral substance that commonly comes in sheets. A lot of times, they come prefabricated into tiles and they also come in strips. They are water resistant and usually offer warranties between 15 to 20 years depending on the manufacturer or brand. Some even offer lifetime warranty; specific brands will specify which type of vinyl floors they’re providing a lifetime warranty for.
The cost will also vary depending on the type of luxury vinyl flooring you want to install. Luxury vinyl floors can be installed with a floating floor system, glue down system and also stapled in certain cases. On average, basic luxury vinyl can cost anywhere from $1 to $2 per square foot. Although you will find the lowest rates here, this is not always the most ideal way to go with your purchase.
Also, the cost of a luxury vinyl flooring installation can be anywhere from $3 to $7 per square foot. If you’re looking for an experienced worker with the right tools to make sure your new floors last you for years and beyond, it is likely going to cost you more than this average.
When it comes time to choose a flooring contractor in North Vancouver or West Vancouver, Canadian Home Style is the premiere selection for both commercial and residential applications. We’re highly experienced and also provide the best in luxury vinyl flooring for a lifetime warranty.
Not only that, but we have perfected our craft over the years with various types of flooring applications. We are always evolving and trying out new materials to make sure we stay ahead of the curve when it comes to flooring design and luxury vinyl flooring installation in Canada.
If you want the best quality in your new floors and even in your old ones, we can help with our great selection of materials for both commercial and residential applications. We have a team of professional staff who are ready to serve you seven days a week so give us a call today or schedule an appointment.