What is Luxury Vinyl?

About Luxury Vinyl

LVT is a vinyl product designed to mimic the look of stone or ceramic tile. Featuring gorgeous natural colors and textures, these tiles look and feel like the real thing. Some designs by Shaw Floors are even made to be installed using real grout.

LVP, meanwhile, serves the same function – but mimics hardwood planks, instead. These come in a variety of styles that include hand-scraped wood and embossing, and can be installed uniformly, staggered, or even diagonally for a fully customized look! 

One final form of vinyl is sheet vinyl, a cushioned flooring that gets glued directly to your subfloor. The Shaw Floors sheet vinyl designs available here at Carpet Advantage are just as unique and sophisticated as LVT or LVP, but because it’s all laid in one piece, it doesn’t achieve quite the same level of realism. 

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Browse the many fine luxury vinyl looks and styles we have on offer here at Carpet Advantage in Urbana, IL! Once you've found a few of your favorite styles, visit our showroom and our team will help you find a luxury vinyl flooring solution to meet your needs!

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INSPIRATION

If you're looking for ideas and inspiration for how to use luxury vinyl flooring in your own space, check out our gallery of vinyl  room designs!

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INSTALLATION

Getting ready for your luxury vinyl flooring installation? Check out our expert installation guide and learn what to prepare for on installation day!

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CARE & MAINTENANCE

Caring for your luxury vinyl floors is a breeze - and proper care will lead to many years of prime performance! Get all the vinyl cleaning tips you need from our flooring experts.

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Benefits of Luxury Vinyl

Each species of wood used to manufacture hardwood floors offers its own unique characteristics and tones.

Some commonly used wood species include:

RESISTANCE

High-performance, able to withstand scratches,
dents, wear, stains and moisture 

WATERPROOF

Some products are waterproof 

STYLE

Warmer and more comfortable underfoot than
natural tile, stone or wood 

INSTALLATION LOCATION

Can be installed anywhere in your home, including basements 

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LOOK

Makes a broad range of natural-looking
styles more affordable 

UNDERLAYMENT

Comfortable cushioned construction absorbs
sound and insulates rooms 

MAINTENANCE

Minimal maintenance required

What is resilient flooring? 

While resilient flooring is sometimes used interchangeably with vinyl flooring, the two are not the same. Resilient is actually a catch-all name for several different types of flooring that all share common features. 

Resilient flooring can be defined as floors with give, or which bounce back. They occupy the middle ground between rigid, hard surface floors and soft surfaces such as carpet. Vinyl is one example, but this category also includes cork, rubber and linoleum. Resilient flooring is typically very durable, flexible and relatively inexpensive when compared to natural materials. 

Luxury vinyl is a type of resilient flooring engineered to resist some of the broader category’s downfalls; particularly, it will not dent as easily as other resilient products. 

Still have questions about luxury vinyl or resilient flooring? The experts at Carpet Advantage are here to help! Stop by our showroom, give us a call, or send us an email. We’re always happy to help, and we’d love to get you inspired about your next flooring project! 

Some of our brands we love

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