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Why you’ll start to think of vinyl flooring differently

Vinyl flooring has evolved in a big way over the decades. An updated version called LVT (luxury vinyl tile) is even more durable and completely waterproof with expanded design options, but just as affordable.

Michael Flooring Inc. is your one-stop flooring source, with a full inventory of products and services such as skilled installation and interior design consultations.

We’re also, like you, concerned about the environment, so we also carry sustainable items like bamboo and cork. From our flooring store in Bakersfield, CA we service surrounding areas such as Taft, Tehachapi, Shafter, and Wasco.

What makes LVT so unique?

For one, the style makes it different, making it a major improvement over traditional vinyl sheets. LVT, thanks to modern technology, is a remarkable mimic of tile, wood, and stone. It is cut into tile-sized pieces; some feel the seams give it more realism and still others go so far as to use grout. (You can also get it cut into planks.)

Digital photography makes the colors and patterns vivid, and LVT can be made to look like wood or stone. Embossing gives it depth and dimension with texturing features that make the floor appear wire-brushed, hand scraped, weathered or distressed with matte or gloss finishes.

This version is thicker and more durable, with sometimes as many as seven layers with a more rigid construction than standard (sheet) vinyl flooring and completely waterproof. While it all is durable, LVT has a top wear layer (the clear plastic sheet that protects the floor), is even thicker than the original version. It is available in measurements from two to eight MM. Higher numbers mean greater thickness.

Other advantages of LVT include:

  • Easy care. Sweep daily, so dirt doesn't imbed. Damp-mop periodically with a manufacturer-approved cleaner, and avoid waxy, shine-promoting products. They'll only dull the floor; instead, if you want more shine, call your flooring pro for advice.
  • Uncomplicated installation. This is even DIY-friendly. With a few exceptions, it can be placed over existing floors as long as they're clean, level, and dry. That's a crucial step that should not be skipped, as any subfloor imperfections might be revealed with thin vinyl. The pieces just click and lock in place.