The difference between luxury vinyl and traditional tile is not in the number of layers, but their thickness. Each has four layers. Starting at the bottom and going up they are:
- Backing layer - This layer is the 'meat' of the tile. It gives it its solidity and structure. Ninetypercent of luxury vinyl thickness is in the backing layer.
- Design layer -A photo-realistic print of wood or stone.
- Clear film -Protects against damage such as tears and rips.
- Aluminum oxide -The aluminum oxide-based layer protects against shoe scuffs and light scratching.
Pairing the words 'luxury' and 'vinyl' seems to be an oxymoron. Vinyl has been associated with a bargain installation for a long time. The reason luxury vinyl is now found in expensive downtown condominiums, is due to new technologies and traditional marketing.
Long ago, laminate eclipsed vinyl because it successfully imitated wood and the plank format of hardwood. Vinyl flooring was reinvented when luxury vinyl hit the market in 2006. Manufacturers were quick to position it as realistic flooring. In the urban market, many condominium dwellers are now allowed to use luxury vinyl instead of hardwood flooring dictated by HOA covenants.
We give clients from Creve Coeur, Dardenne Prairie, Florissant, and St. Peters, MO attentive, personal service. We have showrooms in each of these locations. We, at Michaels Flooring Outlet, will help turn houses into uniquely beautiful homes.
Our staff works to create a space that expresses the lifestyle and tastes of our clients. We will recommend luxury vinyl as a viable flooring choice.