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Rigid Vinyl Plank Flooring The New Frontier in Durability and Looks

Rigid vinyl plank flooring is a totally new revamped version of luxury vinyl tiles. It is a combination of the best aspects of laminates and the sought-after advantages of LVT. Now, it is not just better-looking, but it is also more durable. Your kids and your pets can run around your house to their heart’s content, and it won’t have a high impact on your flooring’s wear-and-tear.

What is Rigid Vinyl Plank Flooring?

It is different from other flooring categories because it comes with an incredibly durable core. The addition of limestone to the core is both environmentally sound yet still produces a very comfortable and quiet walking sensation on the top surface - Plus, it has a wide range of options. Whether you're looking for a specific pattern or the right plank thickness, you will surely be able to find an appropriate fit for your home. With print film technology and embossing, your planks can look like hardwood, but it won't have to cost as much is easier to clean and maintain.

Rigid Vinyl Planks are typically composed of the following layers:

  • Wear Layer: A top layer made of pure vinyl protects your planks from scratches and dents. This wear layer determines how long your flooring can last. Once this wears through, the pattern will become more prone to damage, and you will have to replace the floors eventually. If you want longer lasting planks, opt for a thicker wear layer.
  • Vinyl Layer: The vinyl layer provides your planks with a design. With the latest advances in print-film technology and embossing, you can choose from a wide range of colours and patterns. Plus, your floors can look like tile, hardwood, etc.
  • Base Layer: This cushioned layer is usually made from virgin PVC materials that will reduce impact noise carried through the floorboards or walls of your home. If you're standing for long periods of time, such as when you're cooking, this provides added comfort.
  • UV Coating:A layer of ultraviolet coating makes your floors longer lasting. It gives patterns a little shine, and it makes the decor look like real and solid wood. Moreover, the planks become easier to clean and maintain because of it.

Benefits of Rigid Vinyl Plank Flooring

Vinyl flooring has always been popular because of its many benefits. Though it's easy to be swayed by its diverse range of patterns and textures, there are other reasons why it's the best choice for homeowners. Here are the advantages:

  • Durability : The strong core of rigid vinyl planks makes it highly-resistant to indentations. It also comes with a protective coating that prevents peeling and fading. Even when exposed to direct sunlight, this type of flooring will continue to look great.
  • 100% Waterproof: Rigid vinyl plank flooring is waterproof. You won’t have to worry about liquids being spilt over your floor as it won’t seep through the planks and ruin the material. Water will only bead up on the surface, which you will be able to mop up effortlessly afterwards.
  • Easy Installation: Much like laminates, rigid vinyl planks have an innovative connection system that makes it easier and quicker to install. Compared to other types of flooring, it also requires far less prep time. It can be installed on any type of surface, including tile and hardwood. If there are any visible imperfections in the subfloor , it can still be installed easily.
  • Wide Range of Styles:Similar to standard vinyl, it is available in various styles, designs, colours, and textures. Using advanced print film technology, you can make it look like any surface you want. This is an excellent choice for those who want to customize every room in their home.
  • Low Maintenance: To keep this type of flooring spick and span, you only need to vacuum and sweep regularly. Since it is highly-resistant to scratches or stains, you won’t have to worry about kids or pets playing around the house.
  • Thermal Expansion: Rigid vinyl flooring is made of a vinyl composite that ensures it is resistant to drastic changes in temperature or moisture levels. That means the planks won’t separate or form a ridge whenever such changes occur. Compared to traditional luxury vinyl, this won’t expand or contract.

Types of Rigid Vinyl Plank Flooring

With the right flooring material, you can give any room the look and feel you want. Since rigid vinyl planks come in a wide range of selections, it’s your best chance of finding durable and affordable flooring that also looks the part. That’s why we’ve divided all the options into three distinct categories.

1. Conform

This category is intended for the price-conscious consumer. It comes with nine different design and colour choices. Best of all, it is the most affordable class of the three. It's great for homeowners who are sprucing up their homes on a budget but still require quality flooring.

2. Transform

Transform consists of mid-range flooring models that come in 10 unique designs. This category supports the latest click technology system, which makes any kind of adhesive unnecessary in the installation process. It can be used in all kinds of rooms in your home, including the bathroom and kitchen. Since it is 100% waterproof, the floors won’t deteriorate from the constant exposure to liquids. Homeowners who have kids or elderly members might also fancy this type of flooring as it supports an R10 slip resistance.

A SoundClick underlay absorbs sound and makes it quieter to walk on. This should be perfect for families who live in upper floor apartments.

3. Perform

The top-tier category consists of vinyl flooring made by Ter Hürne in Germany. It comes in 36 different designs that will fit different kinds of lifestyles. All of their planks have grooves lacquered to match the décor perfectly. This multilayer-rigid flooring has several protective layers that make it more stable and durable. Ter Hürne uses a cork underlay to reduce noise and to increase walking comfort. With its LockItEasy connection system, it will be faster, easier and less expensive install.

Where Can It Be Used?

Rigid vinyl plank flooring is designed to endure different levels of foot traffic. It can be used on residential or commercial spaces. Whether it’s in commercial areas where there’s high foot traffic or a home with young children and pets, it can withstand prolonged daily use.

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