In the world of Real Estate, the word “luxury” doesn’t generally precede the words “vinyl flooring.” For most people, these words instead allude to an inexpensive, albeit durable, shiny flooring material found in the kitchens and baths of most starter homes. My earliest memories of childhood involve playing in mother’s kitchen atop the orange diamond-patterned late 1970’s inspired glossy vinyl floors. Of course, vinyl flooring has come a long way. There are countless attractive patterns and styles available on the market today. Eastwood Homes offers some beautiful options in vinyl flooring, in fact. It’s still a very popular and sensible flooring option.
Traditional vinyl flooring still comes in immense rolls, much like a gigantic roll of paper towels. The benefit of the large rolls is that very few seams are necessary in most average sized rooms. Some vinyl products come in smaller pieces and can be installed side by side to form more of a tile pattern, but the seams allow for water to get beneath the surface unlike the rolled surface with few seams. The installed product looks more like real tile, but the lack of variety in the surface texture generally gives it away.
What is Luxury Vinyl Flooring?
A new generation of vinyl flooring has gained in popularity in recent years and are the hottest new trends in affordable luxury.
Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) Flooring comes in plank-sized pieces, and once installed, looks very similar to real hardwood.
Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) Flooring comes in square tile sizes, and again mimics the look and feel of real tile.
Some luxury vinyl products are installed with glue, and some interlock. Unlike traditional vinyl “tiles,” when the individual pieces of LVP and LVT are installed correctly, they create a nearly impervious surface.
Why Luxury Vinyl Flooring?
There are many benefits to luxury vinyl flooring products, but the absolute best feature of this type of flooring is the appearance. Most LVP products look so much like wood that even at close range (I’m talking about on hands and knees) it would be difficult to distinguish between LVP and real wood. Most LVP products feature a hand-scraped surface which looks nearly identical to that of real wood. LVP comes in a variety of styles and designs. If you have a favorite wood species, it’s likely that you can find a Luxury Vinyl Plank that matches it. Similarly, LVT is meant to capture the appearance of natural stone without the concerns of sealing and staining. With a good quality LVT, it’s nearly impossible to distinguish between the vinyl version and real natural stone.
Eastwood Homes offers the LVP in several divisions, and we have heard only positive feedback on the product. Our homeowners love LVP because it gives them the look of real wood in a material that is even more durable than wood. When installed correctly, LVP is impervious to water, and holds up incredibly well to the wear and tear of real life. Unlike the “real thing,” LVP can be used in bathrooms, laundry rooms, and basements where the possibility of water damage restricts homeowners from choosing wood. It’s a dream come true for dog owners, parents, or anyone who appreciates low-maintenance and high-durability flooring. Additionally, LVP is more affordable than wood!
At Eastwood Homes, we have begun using Luxury Vinyl Plank products in our sales centers. It is the perfect flooring material for the offices that we construct in the garage space of our model homes. The product withstands the heavy traffic with ease. It stands up to water at the door and in the public restroom area, and it looks fabulous. It’s also relatively easy to remove when it comes time for us to convert the office space back into a functioning garage.
We anticipate that the Luxury Vinyl trend is here to stay. Manufacturers will likely improve upon their already impressive designs and colors. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for this great new flooring product!