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What’s the difference between regular and luxury vinyl flooring?

December 22, 2021
Luxury vinyl flooring in a child's bedroom in Phoenix, AZ

The vinyl flooring niche is a little wider than you might think and includes regular and luxury vinyl tile and vinyl plank flooring. In today's post, we're going to talk a bit about the difference between luxury and standard vinyl, so you’ll be able to make a more informed decision for your flooring.

Luxury vinyl plank flooring and more

Regular vinyl usually comes in sheet form or square tiles, with a thin backing layer of fiberglass or felt. The vinyl itself is printed with the design that gives the flooring its "look," and a transparent wear layer is added, usually measuring between 10 to 15 mils, which equates to roughly 10/1000 to 15/1000 of an inch.

Luxury vinyl features an entirely different construction, where multiple layers are bonded together. Each layer is relatively thick in its own right, so the overall vinyl plank is quite a bit thicker than regular sheet flooring, especially if you choose rigid core vinyl.

Regular vinyl is more affordable, thinner, and features full glue-down installation options, offering about 10 to 15 years of lifespan. Luxury vinyl provides floating installation, can last more than 25 years, and is considered reasonable even for high-end settings.

Your source for vinyl flooring in Phoenix, AZ

Express Flooring is proud to offer mobile showroom services that strip the hassle, anxiety, and frustration from the floor shopping process by bringing the store to your door. There, you can ensure the materials you've chosen to sample beneath your lighting and against your décor.

Our mobile showroom covers Arizona and Texas, with our Phoenix service area encompassing Scottsdale, Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler, Glendale, Peoria, Tempe, and more. When you’re ready to consider your best luxury vinyl plank flooring, be sure to contact us for an appointment at your convenience.
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