Without a doubt, luxury vinyl flooring is one of our most popular surfacing materials. At our Murrieta, CA showroom, Integrity Plus Floors on-site pros help homeowners with all sorts of renovation decisions, both big and small. While talking to folks, our showroom experts have noticed that the vast majority of homeowners are confused about this type of surfacing material in particular. As such, our helpful, highly-knowledgeable experts have come up with this concise, informative guide on LVT and LVP, so you can decide if it's a good choice for your next project.

What is Luxury Vinyl?

Despite its differences in aesthetic appeal and construction, LVT and LVP is often mistaken for other types of surfacing materials, such as composite tile or laminate. However, with its ability to replicate nearly any other kind of material, both man-made and natural, luxury vinyl is available in designs like wood, marble or stone, making it an incredibly popular option. The great thing is, you'll also avoid the pricey installation costs.

Originally referred to as "hot pressed tile," it's easy to understand how luxury vinyl flooring is manufactured with this name. Under a vast amount of pressure and heat, layers form our luxury vinyl material. These layers are:

• The Polyurethane Coating
• The Wear Layer (also known as the protective layer)
• The Print Film Layer
• The Vinyl Core
• The Vinyl Backing

The Durability of Luxury Vinyl Flooring 

When it comes to durability and the lifespan of luxury vinyl floors, it really does depend upon which surface coatings were used in the manufacturing process. As such, it's essential to choose a polyurethane coating and wear layer that is of the highest grade possible, especially if you intend to keep your surfacing material for as long as possible. Typically, for areas that see a lot of foot traffic, it is recommended to purchase a wear layer of 28 mils and above. 

The Aesthetic Appeal of Luxury Vinyl Surfacing 

Aside from its budget-friendly aspect and excellent durability, homeowners tend to select luxury vinyl flooring, as it is both ultra versatile and aesthetically appealing. Again, this has a lot to do with the fact that it can take on the appearance of nearly any material, which makes it such an incredible style choice. In essence, you can place this surfacing anywhere you please, be it the bathroom or bedroom, and no one will know that posh hardwood look is far from being authentic wood!