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Our previous location unfortunately suffered damage from a fire, but we have now reopened and are ready to welcome you at our new place.

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How to Choose Vinyl Plank Flooring?

For home and business owners in Richmond, vinyl plank flooring is prized for its relatively low cost, ease of installation and care and its ability to mimic, to a startling degree, far more expensive types of flooring such as hardwood.

Vinyl plank flooring is made mostly of PVC, a type of plastic that is used for plumbing pipes. There are several types of vinyl plank flooring but they all have some things in common. They have at least a base layer of felt paper, a middle layer of vinyl foam, then a top wear layer, or a protective layer. This layer allows the plank to bear up against stains, dents and other minor damages. A design, such as the grain of a kind of hardwood, is pressed into the vinyl foam.

The vinyl plank’s wear layer comes in millimeters, a millimeter being about 0.039 of an inch. The wear rating is considered good if it is at least 6 millimeters. Better is 12 millimeters, and 20 millimeters is used for places where there’s a lot of traffic, such as a department store. Besides this, the different types of vinyl plank flooring are:


These kinds of vinyl planks you’d find at a flooring store in Richmond are rigid and very tough, with several layers. They have such a realistic hardwood look that it can be hard to tell them from the real thing. Because they are tough, they can stand up to lots of traffic while looking good enough to be installed in a home.

Wood plastic composite

These vinyl planks are completely waterproof, which means they are a great choice for the bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, mud room or even the basement. They usually have four layers, and the core is made of plastic and wood. It feels good beneath the feet but is still tough enough for high traffic.

Stone plastic composite

This type of vinyl plank flooring is also waterproof, but its core is made out of stone and plastic. This makes the planks extremely tough and dense, and they are often used in commercial buildings. Though it’s not as gentle to bare feet as luxury or wood plastic composite planks, heavy furniture won’t dent SPC planks.

Vinyl plank flooring is an option for any room of your home. Remember that WPC and SPC flooring can be installed even in a wet room while mimicking the look of hardwood. A hardwood floor might warp and buckle in your kitchen or bathroom. To learn more about vinyl plank flooring in Richmond, reach out to our experts at Island Carpet.
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