If you’ve been in the market for new flooring, you most likely have seen a product called Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP). LVP flooring has gained popularity in the last five years, and more homeowners are installing it in their homes than ever before. Most flooring companies have their own brand, and they’ve kept improving the appearance of the planks, giving them a very realistic wood or tile look. Many people prefer the look of luxury vinyl planks over sheet vinyl.

There are a large variety of planks on the market – from traditional to distressed looks. Plank widths range from 4 ½” – 9” and lengths are 48” or 72”. According to Shirley Lantz, Interior Designer at Wall-to-Wall Floor Covering in Strasburg, PA, there are many reasons this flooring is a top seller. One of the biggest reasons that homeowners choose luxury vinyl planks is the fact that it’s 100% waterproof, making it an excellent choice for homes with children and/or pets. It is easy to clean and can be used in kitchens, laundries and bathrooms without fear of getting water on the floor.

LVP flooring has a hard finish on top, enhanced durability and dent resistance, and is also soundproof. Lantz states that there is minimal sub floor prep, and it is easy to install over existing hard surface floors.

Some luxury vinyl planks are glue down, but most have a click together locking system. LVP flooring is more economical than hardwood, and most brands come with a 30-year residential warranty. There are definitely people who prefer hardwood and the look of real wood, but if you’re looking for a practical alternative, LVP flooring might just be the answer.