All about luxury vinyl flooring

Congratulations! If you are considering luxury vinyl flooring (LVF), you will be amazed by its features and functionality. It is waterproof flooring in various thicknesses, formats, styles, and options that will fit exactly what you are looking for in a floor covering. At Al Barnes Carpets, we will help find your exact style.

The image: significant role in the style

This flooring has a realistic echo of wood, tile, and stone taken with 3D photography and printed digitally onto the vinyl. It is available in various colors, patterns, and distinctly displayed are knots, grains, swirls, wormholes, and veining variations. Embossing adds depth, dimension, and textured features, including wire-brushed, hand scraped, weathered, and distressed. Beveled edges also add to the realism of the image.

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Formats and thickness

Luxury vinyl, which can be cut into planks or square, groutable tile-sized pieces, are available in matte, gloss, or high gloss finish colors. Those high gloss wood floors you see indesign pages can now be in your own home. LVF can also be found in different plank widths and lengths and tile sizes from traditional (12" x 12") to more contemporary (12" x 24"). This is a multi-layered product with a top, transparent, melamine ware sheet that protects the floor from scratches and scuffs. There are two thickness measures, one is the core, and the other is the top wearlayer. The core is measured in millimeters and ranges from 2mm to 8mm and above. The wear layer is measured in mils and will range from 8-mil to 12-mil for residential and 20-mil to 40-mil for commercial application.

Is it waterproof?

Luxury vinyl flooring has a vinyl composite core that's 100% waterproof. The key is the core: other luxury vinyl waterproof flooring options include WPC (wood-plastic composite) or SPC (stone-plastic composite), also known as "rigid-core," which provide benefits related to flexible movement and heat. All waterproof floors are low maintenance as well.   The luxury vinyl flooring installation can be a glue-down or the popular floating floor where pieces click together and then hover over the subfloor. The subfloor must be clean, dry, and level and with a professional installation, can last upwards of 30 years. For information, inspiration, and a free LVF estimate, visit the Al Barnes Carpets showroom in Cedar Point, NC. We serve customers in Cedar Point, NC, Cape Carteret, NC, Emerald Isle, NC, Swansboro, NC, Newport, NC && Indian Beach, NC.