Those who are in the process of renovating their residential or commercial properties have likely spent countless hours agonizing over a myriad of flooring options. While natural hardwood floors ranks highly in terms of aesthetics, they are often expensive and require a lot of maintenance and upkeep. Vinyl plank flooring, however, is an excellent alternative. With a variety of colors and finishes, it can mimic the look an expensive hardwood floor for a fraction of the price.
Depending on the type of wood used for hardwood floors, the cost can reach as much as $10 a square foot. This figure does not include the cost of labor during installation, the cost of tools or specialty waxes and cleaning products. Vinyl flooring, on the other hand, can cost as little as $6 per square foot with the cost of a complete professional installation included.
Natural hardwood floors come in many different forms. They may be crafted with various types of wood, whether exotic or domestic, in an array of colors and finishes. Vinyl plank flooring has the same level of style diversity. It is available with traditional or specialty-looking wooden planks and polished or distressed finishes. The colors are also on par with real hardwood floors and range in color from amber to espresso, to accommodate every interior design scheme.
The texture of hardwood floors provides a distinct feeling when walking across it. Certainly, a smooth or soft texture would reveal the inauthentic nature of vinyl plank flooring. Because of this, luxury vinyl plank flooring is designed to replicate the texture, as well as the appearance, of wood. This ensures that the utilization of a more inexpensive flooring remains unbeknownst to guests.
While hardwood floors require lengthy installations performed by professionals, luxury vinyl plank flooring can be installed in a matter of hours. Many DIY-savvy homeowners opt to install the flooring themselves and consider it to be a beginner’s level project in terms of difficulty. For inexperienced DIY renovators or for those renovating commercial spaces, hiring a professional floor installer is ideal to achieve the best results when it comes to vinyl plank flooring.
Luxury vinyl plank flooring both looks and feels like real hardwood floors. Fortunately, though, it does not require the same level of maintenance. Vinyl plank flooring is waterproof and can be easily mopped or spot cleaned as with tradition vinyl flooring. There is no need to wax, buff or polish the vinyl as you would be required to so with true hardwood floors.
Hardwood floors are known for longevity, however it takes a lot of effort to keep them looking their best. Vinyl plank flooring utilizes materials that are scratch and scuff resistant. This ensures that the flooring is durable and able to stand the test of time as it is exposed to everyday wear and tear. Similarly, many vinyl plank flooring options are equipped with guarantees and extended warranties in the event of damage. In some cases, this warranty is only valid when the flooring is installed by professionals although different products and companies may set forth their own guidelines in terms of warranties or service guarantees.
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