In our previous post, we discussed the challenges of installing hardwood flooring in Kennewick. While it’s possible to make hardwood work, it can be a hassle, and one that many homeowners would rather avoid. Fortunately, there are alternative flooring options. One of the top that we recommend: luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring.

With temperatures rising and the outdoor season upon us, we feel that LVP deserves a closer look. After all, it’s one of the few options that combines superior performance with affordability. It’s also available in a variety of styles and colors. So as you’re planning your spring home renovations, here are a few reasons to consider LVP.

Moisture Resistance

With temperatures getting warmer, we’ll soon find ourselves spending more time in the Columbia River. And with heavier rain storms moving in, our hiking trails are certain to offer more mud than dirt. Unfortunately, this all means tracking more dirt and moisture into your home.

We often think of hardwood flooring as being easy to clean, but that additional moisture can actually cause damage over the long run. Wood naturally absorbs moisture. When this occurs in flooring, the panels, fitted precisely to the room’s dimensions, can expand. This leads hardwood to crack and warp over time.

LVP flooring is naturally moisture resistant, but many options are also completely waterproof. Not only will the panels themselves maintain their integrity, but they will also stop spills from seeping into the subfloor. Floors that do not prevent this seepage are a common cause of mold and foundation problems.

Scratch Resistance

As for the dirt, even pebble-sized grains can be enough to scuff and scratch the surface of hardwood. However, LVP flooring is designed to prevent surface-layer damage. Granted, you still wouldn’t want to walk in and drop a bowling ball on the floor. But when dirt and pebbles are tracked in the home, your floors will be protected.

Affordable Flooring Option

Luxury vinyl is one of the most affordable flooring solutions to engineer – therefore, it’s also one of the most affordable options for homeowners. And since LVP is so easy to install, most homeowners won’t need to pay for professional installation.

Additionally, LVP offers excellent longevity with minimal maintenance. Sweeping a few times per week and mopping once is all it takes to maintain LVP for decades to come. So not only do homeowners spend less on their initial purchase, they also save on maintenance and replacement costs in the long run.

Aesthetic Appeal

While LVP can outperform hardwood flooring, can it match its beauty? Our showroom is filled with LVP selections that are virtually indistinguishable from their hardwood counterparts. Each plank includes a photographic layer featuring hyper-realistic wood grain patterns and designs. Even better, since each photographic layer can be edited, LVP offers more color options. Newer selections can also match the texture of hardwood panels.

Learn More

To learn more about the many flooring options available for your home, visit Kennewick’s premier flooring experts at COLORTILE today!

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