Vinyl plank flooring is a popular wood-look alternative to real hardwood planks. Built from man-made materials, luxury vinyl planks (LVP) are durable, affordable, and water-resistant. Luxury engineered planks with WPC or SPC cores are even waterproof.
LVP floors are no longer the flimsy, cheap option you might remember from years and years ago. These days, people love vinyl planks for their versatility, quality construction, and ease of installation.
Luxury vinyl planks are installed as floating floors using a tongue-and-groove design to easily snap planks together. Peel-and-stick planks can be installed as easily as removing the cover paper to reveal the adhesive, then placing the plank in the desired place. Both options are easy to DIY and save you money on installation costs.
Vinyl planks are more water resistant than laminate and are therefore a better choice for a kitchen or basement floor. Though it looks similar to laminate, vinyl is built differently to be water resistant, and even waterproof, with WPC/SPC cores. Laminate, however, is less expensive than luxury vinyl. Both floors come in several looks and colors, are easy to clean, and are extremely durable.
Luxury vinyl flooring can be quickly and easily cut using the score and snap method. Using a utility knife and a straight edge, score the surface of the plank where you want to cut it. Once you’ve made a deep enough score, use your knee as a leverage point to bend the plank at the score until it snaps. Now you have a clean cut vinyl plank without the hassle of a tile cutter or a circular saw.
Engineered luxury vinyl planks like WPC and SPC can be installed as floating flooring over hard, level surfaces such as concrete or ceramic tile. Ensure that you’re purchasing vinyl planks with attached underlayments to even out any imperfections and soften your step.