Vinyl Plank Flooring Sydney
Vinyl has been around for years. It was always the inexpensive flooring option to be put over a hard floor. But it looked a little cheap, even as it lasted for years and held up reasonably well.
Luxury vinyl takes things up a step. It is still relatively inexpensive. But it looks far better than older types of vinyl. It takes the vinyl core and adds additional layers to create the appearance of timber planks or tiles. This looks quite like legitimate wood or solid ceramic tile flooring.
Advantages of Luxury Vinyl Tile:
- It can replicate the appearance and texture of timber planks or ceramic tiles.
- It is far less expensive than the floors materials that it imitates.
- It is reasonably wear resistant. More expensive vinyl has a thicker top layer which improve this resistance to wear.
- It is low maintenance.
DIY enthusiasts can install luxury vinyl with only moderate
- Water resistance is quite high, so it is suitable for bathrooms, basements, and kitchens. Certainly better for wet areas than timber.
- If the floor is damaged it is not too difficult to replace a section.
- Luxury vinyl tile is low maintenance.
Disadvantages of Luxury Vinyl Tile:
- It will not feel soft underfoot like carpet. Though it is easy to add rugs if you want that soft feel.
- It will not add resale value to the home like Legitimate timber floors.
- Some vinyl flooring does contain chemicals like phthalates that seem to be toxic, especially for your children. But quality brands avoid these chemicals. Look for products that are low VOC (low volatile chemicals) and Phthalate free.
Vinyl has 5 layers – a backing, a core vinyl layer, a print layer, a wear layer and a top coating to protect against scratching. The thicker wear layer and thicker top coating are features of higher quality vinyl, and allow the floor to last considerably longer.
We recommend vinyl that is at least 4 mm thick. Some products are up to 7 mm thick.
Luxury Vinyl cost about $5 per square foot, with some products at twice this cost.
Consider Good quality luxury vinyl if you want to protect a timber floor while there are still young children in the home. Or use quality vinyl simply to make a cheap floor look better, to add the timber look to a bathroom or kitchen.