Vinyl plank flooring is specifically designed to look like hardwood flooring and is very easy to install. You do not have to worry about the older designs that you saw in vinyl, which were mainly geometric designs and can instead have flooring that looks almost like hardwood. In fact, you will require more than a cursory look at this flooring to decide whether it is hardwood or vinyl.
Installing this form of flooring can take just a couple of hours for a room especially if you engage an expert like Evolved Luxury Floors, whereas hardwood flooring may require days for installation. Hardwood floors require a fair amount of expertise and do require a lot of care to make sure that the jointing is perfect. Vinyl floors are also waterproof, which makes it easy to lay this flooring even in wet areas like bathrooms, kitchen or utility rooms. You need not worry about the floor getting damaged by the water, and the cost as compared to hardwood will be almost half.
Vinyl plank flooring comes in pieces just like planks (hence the name) and will look just like wooden planks. They are, however, not of the same thickness like wood. Most planks come in 3-inch widths and have a length of 36 inches. Planks of greater width may also be available with some manufacturers. You can install them to stagger the joints so that any inaccuracies are better camouflaged. You can get these planks with a variety of wood grain finishes and colors, and they will have a urethane finish that acts to protect the plank from scuffing, or from dirt accumulating on them. The top of each plank is ground with very fine precision equipment and will give a completely seamless look if it is properly installed.
This flooring which is made of vinyl is also very easy to maintain, as it cleans easily. The entire effect is of a material that is softer and warmer than hardwood, and you can select just the grains and colors that you like so that it is almost indistinguishable from wooden floors. You can get these planks of different grades, which will vary in pricing. Choose the grade that is suitable for the volume of traffic that you expect on your floor so that the flooring solution is economical. Commercial grades can have better resistance to traffic, and even here you may have a choice of two or more grades. Plank flooring for residences can be of lower grades, though many home owners may prefer commercial grades when they have pets and children.
These planks are much thinner than conventional hardwood, and this at times may require you to lay a separate sub floor, so that you do not have excessive gaps under floors in existing homes. Certain cleaners and solvents can also damage vinyl, and it is best to scrupulously follow the manufacturers recommends for the use of these cleaners. Flooring is one aspect of a home or any living area that you notice as soon as you enter, and you cannot go wrong with properly chosen and laid vinyl plank floors.