Is luxury vinyl flooring scratch-resistant?

Is luxury vinyl flooring scratch-resistant?

Especially if you have a large family with kids and pets, you'll need a hard-wearing floor. Luxury vinyl (LVF) is scratch, scuff, and dent-resistant, and we can thank the top transparent melamine wear layer for that.

Think of a wear layer as the floor’s bodyguard

This robust layer protects the floor, but other characteristics add to the floor's durability. First, it is layered, and anything layered automatically becomes thicker, firmer, and stronger. Second, all vinyl is tough, but this version is five times thicker than the original one. So, you know what you're getting. An LVF floor should measure 8-mm to 12-mm in thickness; the wear layer is measured separately, with 20-mils being the most robust.

Other benefits of LVF:

It would be pretty tricky to find something that gives so much value for the decorating dollar. But, of course, floors also need to look good, so it has a high-end style.

1. With true-to-life images of wood, stone, and tile, luxury vinyl is highly authentic with high-definition photography, micro beveling, and embossing to add vibrancy, clarity, depth, and dimension.

Wood looks are available with wire-brushed, hand scraped, weathered, distressed, and embossed-in-register, while stone and tile mimic come in various finishes. The vinyl can be cut into planks, called luxury vinyl plank or LVP. It can also be cut into tile-sized, square, groutable pieces called luxury vinyl tile or LVT.

2. Affordability: This is so authentic sometimes even the flooring experts can't tell the difference, but you'll know. You won't pay nearly the same price as you would for genuine wood, stone, or tile.

3. Waterproof capabilities: Composed of waterproof materials, this is impenetrable from bottom to top, meaning it can be submerged or spilled on.

4. Low maintenance: LVF needs regular sweeping and periodic mopping with a manufacturer-approved cleaner.

5. Easy installation is especially true for a floating floor where the pieces click, mat, and hover over the subfloor without nails or glue.

Stop by our showroom for your luxury vinyl flooring

You can mix and match pieces and colors; only your imagination limits you. To find out more, come into Flooring Connections in Anacortes, WA, convenient to Arlington, Oak Harbor, Mount Vernon, Burlington, San Juan Island, and Smokey Point. We also offer free quotes.