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Understanding Vinyl Plank Flooring Options For Kitchen Remodels

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After examining your budget and performing careful research, you've finally decided to go with vinyl plank flooring for your kitchen remodel. The cost of hardwood can be cost-prohibitive for many people, and considering vinyl is far more impervious to moisture than hardwood, resists stains and wear better, and is easier to care for, vinyl is a great choice for the kitchen. Vinyl is also easier to install. Here is what you need to know about the different vinyl plank types and the various installation options.

Which Type Of Vinyl Plank Flooring Did You Choose?

Not all vinyl plank flooring is created equally. While each has the same basic benefits, they do have subtle differences.

  • Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) — WPC vinyl plank flooring is comprised off four to five layers, fashioned from several materials, including wood. The center core is 100% waterproof. This makes WPC vinyl plank flooring the perfect choice for kitchens, bathrooms, and basements.
  • Luxury Vinyl Tile/Luxury Vinyl Planks (LVT/LVP) — LVT/LVP vinyl plank flooring is slightly thinner than WPC vinyl plank flooring. For this reason, it is also more budget-friendly. A potential advantage of LVT/LVP vinyl plank flooring is it is easier to install over an existing floor as it won't raise the floor quite as much. For example, if your adjoining dining room floor has real hardwood, LVT/LVP products can provide a more seamless look as they won't be considerably higher. LVT/LVP vinyl floors aren't necessarily waterproof, but they are all water-resistant.
  • Stone Plastic Composite (SPC) — SPC vinyl plank flooring is similar to WPC, but rather than having a wood component, it has a PVC and limestone compound. This makes SPC vinyl planks thinner than WPC but also denser and more resistant to dents from heavy furniture and scratches. SPC is also better suited for unheated areas such as the garage, basement, or a three-season room. WPC has more cushion than SPC when walking on it.
  • Hybrid — Hybrid vinyl plank flooring is the best of the best when it comes to vinyl flooring; therefore, its price will reflect this. Hybrid vinyl plank flooring has a better topcoat, making it even more resistant to stains, scratches, and fading from the sun.

Do The Installation Options Differ Among The Various Types Of Vinyl Plank Flooring?

Each manufacturer will recommend the installation method they feel is best for their product. Installation options include:

  • Using adhesive.
  • Using an interlocking system similar to tongue-and-groove flooring.
  • Loosely laying the flooring and securing with a minimal amount of adhesive, double-sided tape, and molding.

Your vinyl plank flooring install service will choose the method that is right for your situation and product.