Carpeting is still the most commonly used flooring in bedrooms. But carpets can also be a total nightmare for allergy sufferers. Perhaps this is why we are seeing a big shift toward hardwood and luxury vinyl flooring. We have written many posts about the benefits of hardwood flooring, so today, let’s talk about what makes luxury vinyl the best flooring option for your bedroom.
The reasons why people choose luxury vinyl flooring for their bedrooms are simple.
- First and foremost is durability.
- Secondly, the unbeatable affordability for homeowners on a budget who still want exceptional design.
- Thirdly, the ease of care.
Let’s explore these factors in more detail below…
What is a Luxury Vinyl
Luxury vinyl plank (LVP) is an affordable, waterproof, wood-look flooring option that has great warmth and texture underfoot and installs with peel-and-stick, glue-down, or click-together ease. LVP flooring is high-quality and scuff and wear-resistant, and cleans up with ease, whereas Luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) are usually designed to simulate stone or ceramic tiles.
Traditional luxury vinyl is created using 4 main layers.
- Wear Layer – The wear layer is a transparent top coating that helps prevent scratches, stains, and fading.
- Decorative Image – The decorative image gives the appearance of the planks. It is a thin digital image that is adhered to the vinyl core.
- Vinyl Core – The vinyl PVC material is the main component of an LVT or LVP floor. This core is flexible and 100% waterproof.
- Backing Layer – This is a vinyl finishing layer that is waterproof and prevents mold and mildew.
Here are the main reasons what make luxury vinyl the best flooring option for your bedroom
Carpeting may seem like the obvious choice of flooring for those who like lazy Sundays in bed binge-watching Netflix. However, the carpet will never let you forget that time you spilled coffee (or wine) while laughing too hard or reaching for your laptop or phone. Getting your carpet professionally cleaned costs a bundle and is no guarantee that the stain will be gone forever. So, if you can relate, then you already have a great reason to look at luxury vinyl flooring. Accidents can be mopped up in seconds, leaving no residue or stains.
For those who love having their pets in the bedroom but hate the clumps of fur that get matted into the carpet, LVP or LVT is the solution for you. It doesn’t trap fur or hair, nor does it retain smells or dirt from your furry friends.
Luxury vinyl flooring will save you money in the long term considering the money that is spent deep-cleaning carpets. Plus, the acquisition and installation costs of luxury vinyl are very reasonable compared to other types of flooring. In fact, it is one of the most affordable flooring options available.
Easy Maintenance and Cleaning
An LVT or LVP vinyl floor is very easy to clean and maintain. The only things they do not like are heat and harsh chemicals. Regular sweeping and mopping with an occasional deep cleaning is all that is necessary. Use a cleaning product like Bona or go with the product recommended by the manufacturer.
LVT and LVP flooring will be softer and more comfortable underfoot than other waterproof counterparts, such as ceramic or porcelain tile. However, if you’re installing the vinyl over a concrete subfloor, it will take on a harder feel than a plywood subfloor wood.
We wouldn’t be honest if we did not also point out some of the cons of luxury vinyl flooring, so here they are:
The Cons of Luxury Vinyl Flooring
Dents – Vinyl is a soft material. Although this material is durable, it can dent easily under heavy objects. You should always use padding under your furniture.
Stains – Vinyl is generally stain-resistant, but it is susceptible to stains when it comes in contact with some chemicals. Always choose mats without a rubber backing, as it can discolor vinyl.
Fading – Fading is very common with vinyl flooring in high sunlight areas. It is recommended to use blinds, rugs and move furniture often to avoid fading issues.
Recycling – Vinyl is a synthetic material that is non-biodegradable and hard to recycle. There are a few programs from manufacturers to recycle vinyl flooring, but it is not common. Most vinyl flooring will end up in landfills.
So, there you have it. We hope that this information is helping you making the best flooring choice for your bedroom. We certainly think that luxury vinyl is one of the best flooring options for your bedroom. If you would like to see some samples and get a design consultation be sure to book a visit to our showroom in Napa – open by appointment only to keep you COVID-safe and give you our undivided attention.