Luxury Vinyl Flooring Buying Guide

Waterproof flooring that can be installed anywhere in your home, including bathrooms, kitchens, or basements.

Luxury Vinyl Benefits

Types of Luxury Vinyl Flooring

Luxury vinyl is the new and improved vinyl flooring. It is made to look more realistic and offers greater resilience and durability. The two main types are luxury vinyl plank, also known as LVP, and luxury vinyl tile, also known as LVT.
Luxury vinyl planks mimic the look, feel, and cut of high-end hardwood flooring. Luxury vinyl tiles replicate the look and patterns of natural stone.

What to Look for When Buying Luxury Vinyl Flooring?

A Durable Wear Layer

The wear layer in luxury vinyl flooring consists of a top clear coat that protects your floor from damages, scratches, and stains. There are generally two options to choose from, 12mil or 20mil. A 12mil wear layer is the standard option and is sufficient for most homes. A 20mil wear layer offers commercial-grade protection for areas with heavy foot traffic.

Thicker is Better

The thickness of an actual plank or tile plays a big role in the quality of your flooring. Quality thickness starts at 5mm. If there is an underlayment pad attached, you should subtract the thickness of the pad to determine the real thickness of the floor. Go with a thickness higher than 5mm if you are looking for a sturdier, more durable floor.

What’s it made of?

The core layer of luxury vinyl is made of either SPC (stone plastic composite) or WPC (wood plastic composite). Both options are 100% waterproof, which is the primary reason you can install luxury vinyl flooring throughout your entire home.
While WPC and SPC are both great choices, there are slight performance differences between them. Floors with a WPC core are less dense, feel more comfortable under your feet, and are better at retaining heat. Floors with an SPC core are denser, feel more sturdy under your feet (similar to the feeling of wood flooring), and offer more durability. SPC is an excellent choice for commercial use and can hold up extremely well in homes with heavy traffic.

Need Help?

If you are located in Sacramento, or anywhere in Northern CA, book a mobile showroom appointment, and a flooring expert can guide you through the best flooring choices.