Re-doing your flooring but on a budget? Your best option is luxury vinyl flooring (LVF), and I’ll tell you why.
I am an avid fan of the TV show Restaurant: Impossible, hosted by Chef Robert Irvine on Food Network. On the show, Chef Irvine helps people across America whose business are facing an impending demise to turn things around in two days with only $10,000 budget. Usually, interiors such as furniture and fixtures including flooring are being replaced, and this happens on carpeted flooring. I mean who in the right mind would use carpet flooring in a restaurant in the first place? The reason why whenever Chef Irvine would see carpeted flooring in a restaurant that he is helping on the show he’d always frown upon it and ask his staff to get rid of the carpet or sometimes he does the ripping off himself. It gets pretty hilarious when he does the smashing of the walls or tearing the flooring apart as he looks like Hulk, with all the muscles and 6-pack abs. And guess what they use to replace the carpeted flooring – more often than not, LVF. Remember they only have 48 hours to refurbish a restaurant with an overall budget of $10,000 so LVF would be a great option if you want a quick solution yet maintaining an elegant look for a lesser price.
LVF is a reinvention of vinyl flooring introduced in 2006 in an attempt to capture the urban market such as condominium homeowners who are reluctant to install solid hardwood mainly due to budget constraints. It costs a little bit more than ordinary vinyl flooring but if you want to achieve a classy and elegant look of a laminated hardwood or stone tile flooring at a fraction of the price then go for LVF.
Depending on the type, LVF can be glued down in floating method, and it’s a good choice because it will not scratch and it’s water resistant. It would take some reasonable efforts to damage a piece, and if a piece was damaged, you could easily replace by cutting out only the damaged piece and then glue in a new piece of luxury vinyl tile. Besides, if tile flooring can just be glued down, it means it’s ideal for DIY flooring projects. Plus, the word “floating method” is another indication that LVF installation can be done easily by anyone. Although contrary to what most people think, floating method does not mean that the flooring will move on you. It is a method developed to ease the complexity of installing vinyl tile flooring such as LVF for homeowners. Because of this, manual nailing or nailing down to the sub-floor has been eliminated from the process, thus making it easy to install and quick to be done, in fact, you can redo your flooring in just a few hours compared back in the day when flooring installations take days to finish. And if you’re into jigsaw puzzles like me, installing vinyl tile flooring would be as if you were just putting together a puzzle for you’ll only need to connect individual pieces to each other.
Additionally, LVF may be used almost anywhere in your home, be it in the living room, bedroom, family room, hallway, kitchen, etc. However, for some people, vinyl can also sometimes come off as cheap so choosing the right design is vital. The very reason why I am recommending luxury vinyl tile flooring is that it is made to mimic in the most authentic way both the look and feel of the real wood or stone tiles. And due to the high technology used in manufacturing them the best stone-look tiles will, in fact, have limestones composite added to the mix for absolute authenticity.
So aesthetic and value-wise plus the easy-as-pie installation, LVF is the popular choice for DIY aficionados and as if that’s not enough to convince you, most brands offer Lifetime Residential Warranty so need I say more?