Frequently Asked Questions
Luxury Vinyl is a type of premium flooring that is 100% waterproof and highly scratch resistant.
Vinyl won’t swell, buckle or lose integrity when exposed to water. This makes them perfect for any room, including kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, mud rooms and basements.
NOTE: Only the flooring material itself is 100% waterproof. Moisture and flooding can still affect the subfloor/substrate beneath, causing the installation to fail. However, flooring material can be removed, allowed to dry and reinstalled.
There are three essential features of vinyl flooring that make it stand out as one of the premier materials. First, there are many types of patterns luxury vinyl flooring can come in that will replicate a certain look or ambiance you are trying to obtain through your floor. Second, it is an extremely durable surface, especially when it comes to moisture resistance, which is why vinyl flooring is recommended for bathrooms and kitchens. Lastly, vinyl flooring is ideal for DIY installation, regardless of how much experience homeowners have had installing floors in the past.
For one thing, luxury vinyl flooring offers you more options when it comes to patterns and styles. It also provides you with added durability being 100% waterproof and highly scratch resistant making it perfect the for anyone who wants a care free flooring option.
There are five essential tools anyone about to install their vinyl flooring needs. You will need a tape measurer, which will help you determine the dimensions of your surface. Next, make sure you have a pencil and chalk or chalk line handy to draw out the measurements and proportions of your floors. Make sure you have a strong and sturdy utility knife, which is needed for cutting up the vinyl and corners.
Determine the total square footage of a room by multiplying the length and width of the floor. Add 5-10 percent to this number for wastage just in case – more may be required if your room has a lot of angles and corners that will require additional cuts. Then, look at how many square feet are in each box of vinyl flooring. Next, divide the total square footage of flooring you will need by the number of square feet in each box. This will tell you how many boxes to purchase.
The good news is that vinyl flooring has a wear layer that protects the flooring from scratches. When it comes to dogs, we recommend the thickest wear layer option available. Our 8mm SPV Vinyl collection with a 22mmwear layer would be an excellent option.
While vinyl products do have a wear layer, no vinyl product is 100% scratch proof. Over time, scratches may occur. We recommend trying to keep the dog’s nails trimmed to help lessen the number of scratches.
You can! For furniture, we recommend that you use felt furniture pads under legs to prevent scratching the flooring surface. Never use rubber, as rubber can stain vinyl flooring.
For heavy furniture and appliances, use a non-staining large surface floor protector. You can also put most vinyl flooring under kitchen cabinets and appliances.
Even though vinyl flooring has a tough wear layer, it’s a good idea to use a mat under desk chairs. Over time, rolling desk chairs might cause some wear and tear.
Waterproof vinyl flooring can be used in basements. It can generally be installed in moisture-prone areas and even over uneven subfloors. If you’re installing waterproof vinyl flooring over basement concrete, we recommend using our vinyl flooring with the under pad already attached. Also, if it is directly on concrete, we always recommend choosing a SPC vinyl over a WPC vinyl.
WPC vinyl technically translates to wood-plastic composite vinyl flooring.
SPC stands for stone-plastic composite or stone-polymer composite.
Waterproof vinyl flooring can be used in basements. It can generally be installed in moisture-prone areas and even over uneven subfloors. If you’re installing waterproof vinyl flooring over basement concrete, we recommend adding a vapor barrier underneath.
We do not recommend vinyl flooring for outside or semi-outside areas. UV rays can cause fading and continuous weather can damage the flooring over time. Using vinyl flooring outside voids the manufacturer warranty.
Ss long as they are labeled “colorfast” by the manufacturer. We recommend non-staining, vinyl-backed mats or woven rugs. We do not recommend the use of rubber- or latex-backed mats because the chemical, antioxidant, can permanently stain your floor.
Thicker vinyl plank flooring can be installed over existing tile flooring surface, if there are no major imperfections. Thinner luxury vinyl flooring is not recommended over tile, as telegraphing – an imprint from the subfloor on the main floor – could occur. Be sure to double check with the manufacturer recommendations to be certain.