Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring is one of the most durable floors with its waterproof and scratch-resistant finish. But there are many questions about LVP you may not know. So we went straight to Google to find the most FAQ’s and Answers.
Q: What should I look for when buying vinyl plank flooring?
A: You should look for vinyl planks with a wear layer of at least 12 mm. If you have an active family or an assemblage of pets, consider buying 20 mm or higher.
Q: What do I need to know about LVP flooring?
A: LVP stands for luxury vinyl planks. These planks typically have rigid construction and they’re made to be very durable.
Q: What is the most realistic LVP flooring?
A: Luxury flooring planks tend to look best in darker colors, and hickory is one of those wood species that looks great with darker stains. Mannington’s Adura line has a Hickory LVP in beveled 5 x 48-inch planks. At 4mm thick, it’s one of the thinner LVPs around, but this also makes it one of the most cost-effective.
Q: Can you put a refrigerator on vinyl plank flooring?
A: Moving a refrigerator is troublesome in any situation, but if you have vinyl floors, the weight of a refrigerator can place tremendous strain on the fibers, tearing at the material and potentially causing permanent damage to the floor. Place sheets of 1/4-inch plywood or underlayment along the vinyl floor.
Q: What is the best thickness for luxury vinyl plank flooring?
A: 5 mm. With click flooring, the thicker the plank the easier installation is because the click mechanism is more secure. Testing and expert feedback reveal that click luxury vinyl tile should be at least 5 mm thick or more. Another thing to consider when choosing thicker over thinner LVT is the transitions between rooms.
Q: Does vinyl plank flooring settle over time?
A: Vinyl plank flooring will settle over time. However, to ensure that the vinyl floors fit perfectly, leave the planks on the floor to acclimate to humidity levels and room temperature.
Q: Is LVP good for bathrooms?
A: It Looks Like Hardwood But Won’t Absorb Moisture. We know that LVP can withstand water leaks from sinks, tubs, or toilets. What you may not realize is their ability to withstand humid conditions as well. Humidity is a common factor in a bathroom, even with venting fans.
Q: Does luxury vinyl plank need underlayment?
A: If you’re wondering about luxury vinyl plank underlayment, that’s one of the appeals – it usually doesn’t need underlayment as it has a backing layer. Luxury vinyl plank generally doesn’t get affixed to the subfloor in any way. Most LVP floors can be installed right over tile, hardwood, concrete, and other hard surfaces.
Q: How thick should underlayment be for vinyl flooring?
A: 1mm to 1.5mm. Most vinyl underlayment is 1mm to 1.5mm thick. When dealing with a click lock vinyl of 4mm or thicker, an underlayment has several benefits: It can help smooth over minor subfloor imperfections. It will add extra cushion to the floor, creating a softer feel underfoot.
Q: What is the best cleaner for Luxury Vinyl Flooring?
A: Stick with a pH-neutral cleaner and avoid using acetic or abrasive cleaners as they can dull or compromise the original finish over time.
When it comes to maintaining your new Luxury Vinyl Flooring, we recommend Quick Shine Multi-Surface Cleaner. This pH-neutral cleaner is free from harsh chemicals such as alcohol, ammonia, formaldehyde, and parabens. Our zero-residue cleaner provides an effective clean safe for daily use without leaving behind detergent residue that other cleaners are guilty of. For a streak-free shine every time, Quick Shine It!
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