Disadvantages of Vinyl Plank Flooring
- Andrew Uhacz
Before you consider the pros and cons of vinyl plank flooring. First you have to understand the purpose of LVT also known as LVP Flooring. Luxury Vinyl Tile or Plank floors are designed to withstand high foot traffic and are perhaps the most resilient flooring option that is also easy to install.
Pros of Vinyl Plank Flooring
- Durable surface.
- Get the wood look for a fraction of what real hardwood costs.
- More resilient than laminate.
- Easy to install glueless floating options and fullspread gluedown.
- Repair a plank or section of floor is much easier than traditional wood. It will not require the refinishing of an entire floor. It's best to order 5-10% over for waste and future repairs.
Cons of Vinyl Plank Flooring
- Vinyl doesn't feel quite as comfortable to walk on if barefoot.
- Vinyl won't look as luxurious as natural hardwood.
- Vinyl wood plank floors are not able to be refinished.
- LVP flooring if glued down can be very hard to remove if you ever want to replace. There is easy locking / interlocking options that make this easier but if your putting in a commercial space. It's recommended to glue down.
- Some vinyl plank floors have a very thin wear layer and can be scratched, scuffed, dented or scraped causing lasting damage. If you want to avoid, go with a 20 mil wear layer or higher. Light commercial starts at 12 mil and goes up to 30 mil for commercial grade / industrial strength.
- Most top coatings of LVT flooring is not UV protected which can cause the wood look to fade or have discoloration over time. Especially if exposed to sunlight. Consult with the manufacturer to see if the material is resistant against ultraviolet rays.
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