Luxury Vinyl Planks (LVP) - Flexible Vs. Rigid Core Vinyl

Durable, easy to install, and long-lasting - the Luxury Vinyl Planks (LVP) is one of the best flooring types for your home. Composed of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), this flooring type is quite hard and sturdy with a real-time look of a tile or wooden textures. Yes! You can incorporate these tiles to mimic any material and texture you want. To further categorize these luxury vinyl planks, there are two major types that fall under the category - rigid and flexible. Let’s have a look in detail at what these two vinyl plank types may have to offer!

Flexible Luxury Vinyl Planks

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  • As the name suggests, the Flexible Luxury Vinyl Plank is flexible, easier to install, and provides the most secured flooring to your space. These planks are stable and can be easily glued to the surface - and that’s why you can consider using them in larger rooms. 
  • It’s quite necessary to glue down the planks on the surface, else, they’re bound to lift or reveal wear points at the joints - in the long run. And for a durable and long-lasting result, you might need to hire a professional to install these glue-down flexible planks.
  • Another advantage of the flexible luxury vinyl planks is that you can upgrade them anytime you want. So, in the near future, if you plan to alter the look of your home - it will be easier to remove this flooring or install a new one on the top.
  • As compared to real-time stone or wood, the LVTs will be cheaper. However, in the case of these flexible luxury vinyl planks - you get a bigger benefit because they’re cheaper than the LVTs. Yes, you’re bound to save much more here! You must expect to pay somewhere between $0.50 to $2 per square foot.

Rigid Luxury Vinyl Planks

  • Just like the name suggests, the rigid luxury vinyl planks are harder and more difficult to bend. These planks use an easy click installation through a tongue and groove system that doesn’t require any chemicals and adhesives. 
  • One of the best characteristics is that Rigid LVP is 100% waterproof, soft and comfortable underfoot, and incredibly easy to clean and maintain. Since rigid vinyl planks are thicker than flexible LVP, it’s considerably more durable, more resistant to wear and tear, and extremely comfortable and strong. 
  • Just like flexible LVP is ideal for larger rooms, the rigid one is a great option for smaller rooms. Secondly, in the case of moisture-prone rooms such as the basement, kitchens, and bathrooms - the rigid luxury vinyl plank flooring is the way to go!
  • Amongst hardwood floors, flexible luxury vinyl planks, and rigid luxury vinyl planks - the latter is the strongest and the most durable one. However, you must try to avoid it on the patio and other outdoor areas!

So, it all boils down to the size of your space, longevity, durability, and method of installation. Are you confident about picking the best flooring type for your home? Well, do let me know in the comments below! 

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