One of the best things about luxury vinyl flooring is the fact that it so closely mimics natural materials, such as solid wood, ceramic and porcelain tile and even natural stone. So if you have your heart set on one of these flooring types, but you don’t want to expand your budget, or get locked into the maintenance schedule that goes along with it, vinyl is definitely the way to go.
If it’s hardwood you’re after, you’ll get the realism of everything from the wood grain, to the plank look. On the other hand, if the stone is more to your liking, vinyl even brings out the amazing texture of the real thing. At the same time, you’ll be able to put luxury vinyl in places where wood and stone can’t be placed. The basement is a room that will ruin solid wood, but it’s not a problem for this flooring type.
In terms of durability, you’ll be quite pleased with the lifespan of this material. Depending upon the thickness of the wear layer, you'll get more life out of this flooring than from many others. Regular care and maintenance will make it last even longer. Speaking of maintenance, all you’ll really need for this amazing floor is a vacuum or broom and a damp mop. You can also place runners and area rugs between rooms, especially coming from outside, to catch dirt and debris that might otherwise end up scratching your new luxury vinyl floors.