There are specific types and brands of underlayment to choose from, including those which provide vapor barriers. Many times, these are strictly left to your preferences and offer a variety of different benefits including additional comfort and resilience, protection from moisture, noise reduction and more. Most products today include an attached pad.
WPC stands for Wood Plastic Composite and offers excellent rigid-core protection against water and moisture damage. LVF stands for luxury vinyl flooring, encompasses both planks (LVP) and tiles (LVT), and provides extensive appearance options, including the ability to mimic all-natural solid hardwood, stone, and porcelain tile.
SPC stands for Stone Plastic Composite and offers even more rigidity and stability than WPC, in addition to the same protection against water and water damage.
In some cases, both LVT and LVP can be used over radiant heat. The manufacturer’s specifications should be your ultimate guide to make sure the results are satisfactory and safe.
No. Linoleum is manufactured using all-natural materials such as linseed oil, pine rosin, wood flour, and limestone, with a backing that is usually made of jute. Vinyl flooring products are all made with synthetic materials.
Yes, a mat is highly suggested when rolling chairs are used on vinyl flooring. Constant use and movement often create extra daily wear that can lead to damage at some future point.
You can only install luxury vinyl flooring products in outdoor areas where climate control is something you can control. For instance, an enclosed porch or sunroom is a viable option, while an open-air patio is not. If left in an area that gets excessively hot, or that is open to freezing temperatures, you might begin to notice swelling and cracking.
Vinyl flooring is available with a scratch-resistant wear layer atop the image layer that helps reduce signs of wear, aging, and yes, scratches from pet nails. It’s important to remember that the thicker the wear layer, the better your protection will be.