What Is Luxury Vinyl Flooring?
Hawaiian Carpet One is certainly Maui’s leader in luxury vinyl flooring. We carry popular brands such as COREtec, IVC, Mohawk, Karndean, Beaulieu, and Shaw, all of which represent premium quality and durability. What exactly is luxury vinyl flooring?
Luxury Vinyl's Construction
Luxury vinyl flooring is made from composite materials, but it features a layered structure for premium style and performance. The top layer is referred to as the wear layer, and it is strong enough to withstand virtually all stains, scratches, and scuffs. As a result, luxury vinyl never needs any special surface finishes. The wear layer protects the second layer, which is called the design or decorative layer. The decorative layer includes a high-definition visual or wood or stone. Consequently, luxury vinyl flooring looks exactly like real stone or wood.
Underneath the wear layer and design layer are usually support and comfort layers. Some luxury vinyl flooring options, for example, have rigid cores that provide premium dimensional stability to each plank and tile. With this rigid cores, the planks and tiles are as thick and strong as regular wood and ceramic. In addition, almost all luxury vinyl floors have soft and flexible underlayments that provide some extra comfort underfoot. These underlayments also do well to muffle noisy foot traffic.
Advantages of Luxury Vinyl
What does all of this mean? Luxury vinyl flooring is considered 100% waterproof. The planks and tiles will never expand or contract when exposed to moisture, nor will moisture ever penetrate past the surface and reach the subfloor. Also, luxury vinyl flooring can handle heavy foot traffic and other environmental impacts without collapsing or cracking. Nonetheless, most high-end luxury vinyl floors are virtually indistinguishable from real wood or stone.
As you probably can imagine, luxury vinyl flooring can pretty much be installed anywhere in the home. If you want to add the natural looks of wood or stone to your kitchen, bathrooms, or basement, luxury vinyl is a perfect option. It's also great for homes with children and pets!
Speaking of installation, most luxury vinyl floors can be installed without messy adhesives. The planks and tiles will usually click and lock together, so they will remain tight over the subfloor without any gaps in the surface. Furthermore, luxury vinyl floors with rigid cores and flexible underlayments can be installed over subfloors that aren't perfectly flat and even. Luxury vinyl flooring can usually be installed by skilled DIYers, but we do recommend relying on our professional installation teams to handle your project.
Our Luxury Vinyl Flooring Selection
As we mentioned before, we have luxury vinyl flooring from the following brands:
Be sure to click on the brand links to learn more!
Our Favorite Luxury Vinyl Options
COREtec Plus is the original rigid core luxury vinyl floor. It's 100% waterproof, and it can be installed over most subfloors.Learn More
Karndean LooseLay doesn't have a rigid core, but it is waterproof and super-stylish. We love LooseLay's design versatility!Learn More