Luxury vinyl flooring (LVF) is an increasingly popular choice for homeowners in the greater South Side. With LVF you can customize your floor from simple designs and colors to intricate imitations of hardwood or stone. Furthermore, LVF is incredibly easy to maintain and comes at a fraction of the cost of other flooring styles. However, it’s important to have the right expectations and understanding of whatever material you bring into your home. Here are five things you should know about before committing to LVF.
In order to install LVF, you need to have certain types of subfloor installed first. Consult a professional so that you get the right match; otherwise, your floor may experience peaking, adhesive release, gapping or telegraphing.
Luxury vinyl tiles and planks need to stay out of excessive sunlight. Too much exposure may cause your flooring to contract or expand. Make sure that you have control of the environment before you move forward with LVF.
LVF requires ongoing maintenance in order to keep its day one look. Make sure that you are only using approved cleaners. The wrong products can leave a residue on your floors and make it impossible to recoat. You may have to keep certain types of shoes away from luxury vinyl as well to avoid gouging or tearing.
Luxury vinyl is a relatively soft flooring option. Because of this, it is recommended to keep luxury vinyl flooring away from the high traffic areas of your home. Recoating is a great way to fix scratches, but you should always test a small part of the floor before you apply any recoating system to your entire floor.
If installed properly, LVF is highly resistant to water and other types of moisture. However, if there are spaces between the tiles or planks, or if moisture is caught between the subfloor and base layer, you may see problems arise. This is why we recommend hiring a team of professionals to get the job done and ensure that your floors will last for years to come.
Luxury vinyl flooring can be a great choice for homeowners looking for budget-friendly alternatives to expensive styles. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of LVF and seeing samples in your own home, contact Floor Coverings International Franklin! We schedule free design consultations and estimates to homeowners in the greater South Side. Get started today!
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