Besides loose lay vinyl flooring as one of the most popular flooring solutions in Australia, it seems that a lot of people and professionals are also relying on vinyl plank flooring. Also known as luxury vinyl flooring (LVF) or luxury plank flooring (LVP), vinyl plank flooring is a thicker material that comes in long planks with a modified ‘click-lock’ connection system. This is a multi-layer product that comes in four layers:
A topmost layer made of aluminium oxide, designed to prevent scuffs and scratching;
A clear film layer, designed to protect the floor against severe tearing and ripping;
A design layer, created to give you a photo-realistic look of stone or wood;
A backing layer made of fairly rigid vinyl, which compromises around 90% of the floor’s total thickness.
The Design of Vinyl Plank Flooring
These days, manufacturers of vinyl plank flooring can provide you with numerous different styles that can imitate a specific appearance. One of the most common and widely-used imitations is the one of wood. In fact, this was the thing that made vinyl plank flooring so popular. It can imitate wood even better than plastic laminate flooring. Thanks to the advanced technology, nowadays, vinyl wood flooring can have deeper embossing and better graphics, creating real-life looking vinyl wood plank flooring. Besides wooden vinyl flooring, you can also choose one that imitates ceramic, porcelain and natural stones like granite and marble.
How to Clean Vinyl Wood Plank Floors?
When compared to some other types of vinyl flooring, the plank one is one of the easiest to clean and maintain. According to manufacturers, this vinyl floor only needs daily sweeping and a weekly damp mopping with a mild detergent. Although vinyl plank floors, in general, are resistant to moisture, the pressure of a steam cleaner can drive moisture down through the seams of the wooden subfloor. So, it is best to avoid steam-cleaning it.
How to Repair It?
Repairing plank flooring can be a little bit tricky because you may not be able to find the exact wood design and grain pattern. But what it’s worth, replacing it is quite easy since you can do it on your own with the help of some simple tools. However, it is always better to repair the small areas of damage with new ones and with the help of a vinyl repair kit. In case you’re not sure that you can do it on your own, don’t hesitate to call a professional.
When it comes to replacing several planks, the repair usually involves disassembling the floor from one wall up to the damaged planks, installing the replacement planks and then reassembling the floor back to the wall.
Vinyl Plank Installation
Its ease of installation is another great advantage of plank wood vinyl flooring since this floor was made for DIY installation. The chance of making an error when installing it is minimal to none, and you can start installing it once you have it. Since this flooring solution is made with a click-lock system, you won’t need any special skills or tools for its installation. Its installation should begin by laying the first row of planks along the most visible side of the room. If needed, at the end walls, you can cut the planks with a sharp utility knife, while tin snips can be used for cutting notches.
This floor can be installed over your subfloor, making the process quick, easy and cost-effective. However, when removing your old flooring, inspect the subfloor to make sure it’s in good condition. Otherwise, you should stop the installation since vinyl plank floor installation is not recommended to be done on a faulty subfloor.
Vinyl Plank Comfort
Similar to sheet vinyl, vinyl wood plank flooring is extremely comfortable and cushiony underfoot. Considering the fact that vinyl plank is waterproof, it is a much better option than hardwood for damp areas. This means that vinyl plank flooring is the perfect flooring solution for both commercial and residential facilities.
If you want to increase the warmth beneath your feet, you can install electric underfoot heating under vinyl planks. However, keep in mind that the temperature of the heating system shouldn’t exceed 28 °C. For best results and more information regarding this, it’s best to consult with a professional.
In case you have wondered about can you put heavy furniture on vinyl plank flooring, the shortest answer is yes. However, if you want to protect it from scratches (in case you want to move it), adding furniture pads underneath it can be a great solution.