There are two main factors to choosing the best rooms for luxury vinyl plank floors. One factor is where the flooring style works well and the other is what the luxury vinyl flooring will look like. There are even 3D programs to mock up what the different options will look like in your house. All they need is your room dimensions. You can sit with the flooring experts and see all of the options in your space. This can also help you determine how much flooring the room will need.
Best Rooms for Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring
Why Choose Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring?
From a budget point of view, luxury vinyl plank (LVP) is an attractive alternative to hardwood flooring while still bringing classic wood beauty. Luxury vinyl plank flooring is water-resistant, low maintenance, and also very durable. LVP retains heat quite well and the flooring installation process is also relatively easy. Depending on the nature of the floor it is to be laid on and the size of the room, it can either be left floating or glued down. Both flooring options are quick and easy to do.
LVP flooring is more affordable than stone and is also more comfortable underfoot than tile floors. Not to mention, LVP floors are more resistant to water than wood, making LVP a natural fit for basements.
The mudroom, the area that forms part of the entryway, is a messy, high-traffic area. As a result, this area requires water-resistant and durable flooring that is both stylish and affordable. If LVP is to be used in the entrance and then extended into the house, it is important to install the planks perpendicular to the front door and then have the planks follow straight back into the house. This will help create a natural flow of flooring. However, if the flooring is not to extend deeper into the house, then the plank grain can run across the short side of the space.
Bathrooms can benefit from water, steam, and moisture-resistant flooring. While hardwood flooring looks great, it will require more maintenance than other flooring styles. That makes LVP a suitable candidate.
Just as with the bathroom, hardwood, while it is warming and beautiful to look at, is not ideal for kitchen floors. In addition to potential damage from moisture and steam, as well as warping from flooding dishwashers and sinks, there is the threat of stains from spillages. LVP doesn’t twist, discolor or warp when it comes in contact with water. Furthermore, LVP has a little more give underfoot which makes it more comfortable to stand on for protracted periods.
LVP looks good, no matter the wood-style pattern or color you choose. The best thing to do is borrow a couple of samples from the vendor or contractor. Flooring samples will help you to decide on the right size plank and wood grain for a room. LVP flooring samples can also help to determine which way the grain should flow, especially in square rooms.
LVP planks range in width from 6 inches up to 7 and ¾ inches. They vary between 5 inches and 8 inches and standard lengths range from 36 to 48 inches. This is so that the sizes resemble hardwood planks which are usually at least 6 inches wide and 4 to 6 feet long. While room size is important, the choice of plank size and color will also be determined by the style design of the room and personal taste.
Bigger and wide rooms lend themselves to wider and longer planks. Using narrower planks in smaller spaces and rooms will create a traditional look and feel. Narrow planks in a big room will look very busy and can make smaller rooms feel bigger. Long, wide planks in a small room will look awkward as they will be out of proportion.
The shape of a room will decide which way the grain of the planks should run. Ideally, we want the grain to run along the longer length of a room as this feels right and makes rooms seem bigger, which is great for narrow hallways or in L-shaped kitchens or U-shaped spaces. For angled rooms there is the option to install on the diagonal, starting in the middle.
Additional Reading: The Right Type of Flooring for Every Room in Your Home
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