Luxury vinyl is a versatile flooring material that can work for many areas of a home or office. While old vinyl flooring has a bad reputation for being a cheap material, the luxury vinyl flooring of today is well-made and has a level of quality that may surprise you! Floor Coverings International North Jersey has seen luxury vinyl be a great flooring option for many Mahwah, Paramus, Wayne, and North Jersey families.

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What Is Luxury Vinyl Tile?

Vinyl flooring is made from several layers. The top two layers are for protection and include a polyurethane coating and a wear layer, both of which are clear layers that help protect the flooring from scratches and dents. Next is a print film layer, which can be of any image and is where the tile gets its color or pattern. Next is a vinyl core and then a tile backing for strength.

The construction of vinyl tile today makes it durable and helps it to last against the everyday wear and tear of a modern household.

Pros of Vinyl Tile

If you’re in the market for hard flooring, whether for aesthetic or practical reasons, luxury vinyl can be a good option since it can offer the same benefits of other hard flooring options like wood or stone, without any of the drawbacks such as high price or high maintenance.

Here are a few other reasons vinyl may be a great fit:

  • Low Maintenance: Luxury vinyl has a protective wear layer, so it only needs to be occasionally mopped and swept to maintain its appearance and it can last up to 10 years!
  • Design Flexibility: Innovative manufacturing means that luxury vinyl can now realistically mimic the look of natural material like stone or even wood. It can work in both formal and casual settings and is suitable for nearly any room in the house.
  • Easy installation: Vinyl can be easy and quick to install, which can help save you valuable time and money.

Cons of Vinyl Tile

While luxury vinyl does tend to be more economical than other options such as hardwood, the high-end brands can still be costly, so be sure to weigh out all of your options. Here are a few other things to consider:

  • Low Return On Investment: While luxury vinyl will give you many long years of use in your household, it won’t add long-term value to your home the way hardwood floors will if you’re trying to resell your home in the near future.
  • May Fade and Dent: Vinyl can fade if exposed to a lot of sunlight, so keep this in mind if you’re installing it in a room with a lot of windows!
  • Not Eco-Friendly: Vinyl flooring isn’t biodegradable, so when it does eventually need to be replaced there isn’t a way to salvage the boards. Check out some more eco-friendly options here

Most flooring options come with pros and cons, so it’s important to know what your priorities are for your next project when you make your decision. When in doubt, contact our team at Floor Coverings International North Jersey. We’re happy to provide in-home consultations so we can show you all the options from the comfort of your own Mahwah, Paramus, Wayne, and North Jersey home!

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