Vinyl plank flooring in a modern Baton Rouge, LA kitchen

Vinyl plank flooring FAQ

We get a lot of questions about vinyl plank flooring in our Baton Rouge, LA showroom, and we want to provide the answers! Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions about vinyl plank flooring.

What is vinyl plank?

Starting off simple, and with the most common! Vinyl plank flooring is one form of luxury vinyl flooring (LVF).

Vinyl plank is most often associated with wood looks because it's cut into boards to mimic hardwood planks. Images, of an almost unlimited number of species, are taken with 3D photography. It is so clear that you'll see every knot, raised grain, and wormhole. The vinyl is then cut into strips and mounted on boards.

There are embossing features available to give additional depth and design; the floor can look wire-brushed, hand scraped, weathered, or distressed. Finishes are available in matte, gloss, or high gloss versions.

A lot of people choose planks to mimic stone, especially marble. They feel the larger format/fewer seems gives it a more continuous look, much like quarried stone slabs.

Is vinyl plank flooring waterproof?

Yes, it is 100% waterproof, and that’s most likely the biggest advantage of luxury vinyl plank. For that reason, it is ideal for higher-than-normal moisture rooms like the kitchen, bath, laundry, or mudrooms.

The style, however, also makes it ideal for the rest of the house, including the living//dining space, entrance foyer, home library, etc.

Are planks the only cut of luxury vinyl?

No, you can also get it cut into square tile-sized pieces. Many feel the extra seams give it even more realism and some take it one step further by using grout. Grout, these days, comes in so many different colors that when combined with the mixing and matching of the tiles a unique design can be created.

LVF is a newer generation of standard sheet vinyl. While sheet vinyl also has many design options and exceptional functionality and durability, LVF is thicker and has an even wider range of colors, designs, patterns, and species. The wear layer is a thick, clear, melamine sheet at the top that protects the floor from scratches and scuffs. Spills sit at the top and wipe off easily.

Both are very easy to take care of. They only need a frequent (daily, if possible) sweeping and mopping with a manufacturer-approved cleaner.

Installation is uncomplicated and fast with a click-and-lock floating technique.

For more information about vinyl plank or any of our other products, visit the Wholesale Flooring & Granite showroom in Baton Rouge, LA, serving: Baton Rouge, Denham Springs, Ascension Parish, and Baker. Ask about our estimates.