3 Ways Vinyl Plank Flooring Is Different Than Regular Vinyl

Posted on: 16 August 2018

For a really long time, vinyl flooring has been the forerunner in home flooring options right alongside carpet because of its low cost, easy installation, and the multitude of available designs. There's a new player in the field of vinyl flooring, however, and it is quickly gaining traction as one of the most popular types of home flooring: Vinyl plank flooring.

Vinyl plank flooring, which is sometimes referred to as click-together vinyl or click-vinyl, is just like vinyl except it is made in individual planks that go down one at a time instead of as a solid piece. If your curiosity is piqued, you are bound to want to know more. Check out these three ways vinyl plank flooring is different than regular vinyl flooring. 

Vinyl plank flooring is much thicker than regular vinyl. 

Vinyl planks look a lot like pieces of laminate flooring in shape and size, so they have that thicker stature than regular vinyl. Traditional vinyl is usually fairly thin, because in order for it to be transportable, it has to be rolled onto a tube. The vinyl plank's thicker stance makes it far more resilient to things like dents and dings. So, if you were to walk across the floor with a piece of gravel stuck to the bottom of your shoe, you probably will not see damage. 

Vinyl plank flooring is capable of looking like real hardwood. 

There are vinyl flooring options that are designed to boast the look of hardwood, but in a solid piece of vinyl, the natural look is hard to pull off. However, because vinyl planks are pieced together, thicker, and more solid, they do give you the look of natural hardwood where regular vinyl doesn't look all that authentic. In some cases, the plank vinyl looks so authentic that you can't really tell the difference between the real and faux wood. 

Vinyl plank flooring is completely waterproof. 

Regular vinyl flooring stands up pretty good to moisture, but some of it can be slightly porous—especially the less expensive, thinner versions that develop slight cracks and holes with age. The vinyl plank flooring is designed to be completely waterproof when it is properly installed by a professional flooring installer. The pieces click together with tongue-and-groove like seams along the sides to form a solid barrier on the floor. Therefore, when the flooring is complete, it provides the same waterproof protection as one solid piece. 

To learn more, reach out to companies like Carpet King.


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