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What you need to know about luxury vinyl plank flooring

“Always pick your yard based on your Summer lifetstyle.”


July 30, 2018 - Karl Yeh

Deciding on the type of flooring to put into your home? Want to know about luxury vinyl plank flooring and if it's right for you? In this episode, we discuss what is luxury vinyl plank flooring and its' benefits including scratch resistance, waterproofing, installation, lifespan and more. Finally, we compare luxury vinyl plank and engineered vinyl plank. 

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Karl Yeh:

Hi, everyone. I'm Karl Yeh. Welcome to another edition of Homebuyer's School, a channel where you get the latest strategies, tactics, and tips from home-buying experts.

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Today, I'm joined by Deborah Armstrong, a Senior Interior Designer with Brookfield Residential, and today we're talking about luxury vinyl plank flooring. Deborah, I have absolutely no clue what this is.

What is luxury vinyl plank flooring?

Deborah Armstrong:         

Luxury vinyl plank flooring is a flooring that can either look like hardwood.

In this case, now we're seeing some that look like different tiles or stone, but it is solid vinyl piece of material.

Karl Yeh:           [00:01:00] What are the benefits of this?

Deborah Armstrong:         

People would use this in their home if they have a very busy household, they maybe have big dogs that do some scratching, maybe have accidents on the floor.

They want to use it in a mud room or in a bathroom where there is a tub whereas, unlike hardwood, which we will not install because of the moisture, and hardwood would get damage, whereas this, it's 100% waterproof.

Karl Yeh:          

Remember, we created [00:01:30] a video on the best flooring, if you want to have a look at that above.

Deborah, you're talking about:

Is luxury vinyl plank flooring completely waterproof?

Deborah Armstrong:         

This is 100% waterproof. It's solid vinyl all the way through, and it also just clicks in like a hardwood, so it can be floated, easy to remove if you do want to change it out in the future.

Karl Yeh:           Oh, okay.

Deborah Armstrong:         

Yeah. It goes together just like a hardwood, but unlike, you don't have to nail it. You can actually float this.

Great in basements.

Karl Yeh:           You could actually [00:02:00] install this yourself?

Deborah Armstrong:          Absolutely.

Karl Yeh:           So rip out your own flooring and just, is pretty-

Deborah Armstrong:          Yup.

Karl Yeh:           ... much click to-

Deborah Armstrong:          Click.

Karl Yeh:           ... everything.

Deborah Armstrong:         Clicking.

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Karl Yeh:          

Is there different types of this type of flooring?

Deborah Armstrong:         


It's all 100% solid vinyl; however, the look that you can get, yes, the many different colours, many different looking species of hardwood, different widths.

Sometimes you can get a floor with random width where you have wider and narrower boards. [00:02:30] You can, like I said, get ones that look like tile, stone.

Yeah, many different options.

Karl Yeh:           It's not like when we talked about the solid versus engineered hardwood. It's nothing to, nothing-

Deborah Armstrong:         Nothing like that.

Karl Yeh:           ... like that.

Deborah Armstrong:         Nope. It's a vinyl product.

Karl Yeh:          

Wouldn't most people want to have this flooring in throughout their entire house, or it's not really recommended?

Deborah Armstrong:         

Well, and I wouldn't say that it's not recommended.

People still today perceive real hardwood as having that luxury [00:03:00] appeal. For resale and things like that, if you say, "I have real hardwood in my home," there's an appeal to that.

This is a less expensive product, but it is very durable. I have had people build 2-3 million dollar homes and put this throughout because of their lifestyle.

They might've had three or four very big dogs and have lived through real hardwood, and the challenges with the scratching, et cetera[00:03:30].

Karl Yeh:          

What's the lifespan of luxury vinyl plank flooring?

Deborah Armstrong:         This would probably live for as long as you're in the house and and past it. It's very, very durable.

Karl Yeh:           Is it scratch-resistant too?

Deborah Armstrong          

Very scratch-resistant, much more than real hardwood or solid hardwood or engineered.

Karl Yeh:          

Where would be the most typical places you'd want to install this? Probably bathrooms?

Deborah Armstrong       Yes.

You don't want to have real hardwood in one room and then switch to luxury vinyl plank.

You're going to get a transition, and the woods are going to look different, [00:04:00] and you're not going to create that beautiful flow that you want in your house.

                        People maybe put this in their entire basement, wear and tear with kids and animals out there, and leave upstairs because it's separated by maybe a carpeted staircase, use the hardwood up there.

Karl Yeh:           Oh, okay. Okay. Even though you can make it look like hardwood, it's still, like if you put it next to each other, it doesn't, still, it wouldn't make any sense.

Deborah Armstrong:         

You're not going to get the exact match.

The thicknesses aren't the same, so you're going to get transition strips, and you're going to lose that luxury.

Karl Yeh:           [00:04:30] Okay. Now, what's the difference between, I just did a quick research on my own,

What's the difference luxury vinyl plank flooring and engineered vinyl plank?

Deborah Armstrong        

Engineered vinyl plank is a vinyl that's been adhered to a high density fiberboard. They do claim that it's waterproof.

I don't know if I would really trust it myself. I've never really suggested it because it's still a fiberboard, and you're not ...

The reason that you want to go to a luxury vinyl plank is because of its 100% waterproof.

[00:05:00]  I don't know if I'd trust an engineered product that has a fiberboard underneath.

Karl Yeh:           Okay.

Deborah Armstrong:        

That's my own personal thing. I'd rather just stick with a good solid vinyl.

Karl Yeh:          

Awesome. Anything else to comment about luxury vinyl plank flooring?

Deborah Armstrong:         

No, other than that the newer versions of this hardwood, when it's installed, it is very hard to tell between a real hardwood and a luxury vinyl plank.

They've come a long way, and they're [00:05:30] beautiful.

Karl Yeh:           Would you be able to tell if you walked through a house?

Deborah Armstrong        Sometimes I have to look twice.

Karl Yeh:           Yeah?

Deborah Armstrong        Yes, absolutely, and in fact, I'm actually thinking for my next home, I might go this route.

Karl Yeh:           Awesome.

Deborah Armstrong        So durable.

Karl Yeh:           The question I have for you is:

Do you use luxury vinyl plank flooring, and what is your experience with it?

Let us know in the comment section below. Thank you very much for joining us, and we'll catch you next time.


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