Luxury tiles and common myths about them cleared up
Vinyl flooring in Hillcrest is on the up and up – yes, even after more than four decades of it being around and our many years of giving floor expertise. It’s no surprise that this would be the case, given the attractive value proposition this floor finish holds. What has been exciting to witness regarding vinyl flooring in Hillcrest, has been the equal demand for the luxury subset of vinyl flooring.
What is luxury vinyl flooring?
The luxury lines of vinyl floors are in fact the fastest growing flooring trend globally. Thanks to the fact that you can create bespoke tiles, have them finished as stone- or wood-like in appearance, vinyl is no longer banished from home decor magazines the way it once was. In fact, the most high-end of decor bibles have come to embrace luxury vinyl tiles.
What luxury vinyl is not – is hard flooring or laminate. Frustratingly, after 40 years, this misconception still persist. There are differences – big ones! These variations lie in the manufacture and high-end look of these tiles, at a fraction of what you would pay for the real thing. Many a time clients come in looking for luxury vinyl in Hillcrest, only to thank us later for having suggested an upgrade to luxury vinyl to them.‘Hot-pressed’, ‘pressure-pressed’ and ‘hot-pressure fused’ are some of the terms you might hear used to describe luxury vinyl or when shopping for vinyl flooring in Hillcrest generally. This refers to the method of manufacture of the luxury tiles. They are fused together under both high pressure, and high heat. It is this very process which makes it a durable, tough option.
These are the layers:
- A vinyl backing
- A strong vinyl core
- A print film layer – thanks to 3D technology, you can impose any pattern or design you like and essentially create a bespoke tile, should you so wish
- A transparent, protective, uppermost layer. This is why it is known as the ‘wear layer’.
- The very last layer is actually a finish made of polyurethane coating. It could be strengthened by aluminum oxide, ceramic bead or silica bead.
It is this last two layers that give the tile its toughness. But, that toughness belies and incredible aesthetic appeal, that is sometimes so good, it is hard to discern from the real thing. Many home renovators looking for vinyl flooring in Hillcrest have absolutely fallen in love with their luxury tiles.
Debunking the myths of Vinyl Flooring
When advising on vinyl flooring in Hillcrest and then specifically luxury flooring, these are the myths we are faced with most often – despite advances in printing and technology as well as actual basic construction meaning massive strides have been made decades ago:
- The tile has poor visual appeal and texture
Of course, this tale of horror is put to bed with just one look at the tile. Seeing is believing, after all. This misconception seems to hark back to the days when 2D printing was the only option. In general, consumers forget that even if something like 3D printing or laser printing is only en vogue now for individual consumers, it has long been around in industry. In general, industry is first to benefit from technological advances.
Yes, when luxury vinyl first hit the market almost half a century ago it was flat and lacked depth perception, nevermind depth. Nothing could be further from the truth these days, thanks to the cutting-edge technology deployed today.
- The risk of wear and tear and design abrasion
When shopping for vinyl flooring in Hillcrest, and stumbling upon the luxury rollout, you may be tempted to wonder why you’d pay a little bit extra, if the exterior – the lovely exterior that looks like the real thing – is going to wear off like a fairytale gone wrong at foot traffic midnight?
The fact is, the top outer layers and the mode of manufacture using heat and pressure, mean that ‘walking off the design’ is a fallacy. Scuff marks, scratches, stains – yes, luxury vinyl holds up valiantly.
- It’s actually just another kind of laminate
Should you come in looking for laminate flooring, we’ll show you that and assist you in that department ably. But guess what we won’t show you when looking for vinyl flooring in Hillcrest – luxury or otherwise? Laminate! Because the two are simply not the same.
The misconception seems to be due to the fact that these two kinds of floors can sometimes resemble each other – a bit, especially wood-mimicking varieties. But laminate flooring is manufactured altogether differently. In laminate, the core is made using wood powder; in luxury vinyl, vinyl is used!
This has implications for moisture resistance. Vinyl won’t budge, where as wood will expand, shrink and general come undone if excessive moisture reaches it over and over.
- The maintenance costs are high
If you’re looking for cost-effective, low-maintenance underfoot coverings, then vinyl flooring in Hillcrest, including the luxury options, should be your choice. Luxury vinyl tile has a clear protective layer, making it immune to common floor ailments such as scratches and dents.
On other surfaces that lack this protective layer, you have to execute mandatory maintenance consisting of waxing and polishing the tiles to create some kind of outer seal to insulate what lies below and make it impermeable. Then, you have the burden of having to strip away the wax and polish, as it builds up and looks dull instead of shiny. Then, you have to go through the whole cycle again and reapply. You need do nothing of the sort with luxury vinyl tiles.
Whether you opt for climate-friendly vinyl flooring in Hillcrest or the luxury vinyl counterparts, you are still making one of the most cost-to-return effective investments on four counts:
- Stain and water resistance.