You constantly hear us warning against falling for those bargain-basement prices, and at first, all vinyl plank might all seem of comparable quality.
When you look at each factor, such as thickness, core, wear layer, embossing, and visual appeal, and the flooring quality quickly becomes highlighted.

Of course, you also need to factor in such things as the manufacturer, warranty and size of the selection.

Designers from Houston, TX or anywhere in the country, as well as consumers, welcome this material because it checks all the boxes: aesthetics, function, and affordability.

First things first: What is it?
It is vinyl, cut into strips to resemble hardwood.

You can get it in many species from oak to maple to hickory and each plank is mounted on boards to give the flooring an even more realistic look.

There is an image layer and, thanks to digital photography, they are clear and accurate, with all the knots, raised grains and swivels of genuine wood. Texturing features give it a hand-scraped, wire-brushed, distressed or antique look. It comes in many finishes and you can get it in everything from matte to high gloss.

Examine these elements:
●Thickness. If a vinyl product is too thin, the plank can be hard to seam and you might end up with some unevenness. The best thickness in this kind of flooring is around seven mm; never go below five.

Also, when something is thicker, it's more durable, will not soak up the liquid and just feels a lot more stable under the feet. If an underlayment is attached, and you'll rarely find this with the less expensive versions, it will provide a softer fall.

●Wear layer. The product is a layered one and, at the top, is a clear plastic wear sheet that protects the flooring; making is resistant to scratches, dents and wear. Depending upon the core, the wear sheet might top 20 mil.

●Core. You can get this with either an SPC (stone plastic composite) or WPC (wood plastic composite) core. WPC is a little softer and more pliable than SPC. SPC is more dense and rigid than WPC and was originally used in commercial applications, although more and more homeowners are using it.

Both WPC and SPC won’t peel or ripple, no matter how much they are exposed to water.

For more inspiration, talk to one of the A+ Floors 4U experts in our showroom in Katy, TX.