Benefits Of LVF

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How Faux Became Fashionable

Everyone loves the look of hard-surface floors. Wood, for example, is beautiful and comfortable, conveying a natural, easy luxury. Tile and stone floors have the same appeal.

For decades, consumers seeking an alternative to natural wood, tile, and stone surfaces didn’t have a great many stylish choices. Vinyl and laminate products were, in the past, popular for their budget friendliness and ease of installation, but no one claimed they were as fashionable as real wood or tile.

Today, that has changed.

Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and resilient sheet flooring have evolved into sophisticated products that high-end clients are choosing over wood and tile, because the new products look so similar to the natural surfaces they mimic. They perform extremely well and cost less.

Foster Owen, interior designer with Clifton Carpets in Dallas, Texas, has watched this trend evolve. “The look of these floors has progressed so much with technology,” he says. “People think they are walking on wood.”

Benefits of Luxury Vinyl Flooring

  • Available in a fabulous assortment of designs, colors, and textures, resilient flooring brings you exciting new styles that create beautiful rooms.
  • This type of floor is moisture resistant, impervious to most stains, and easy to clean.
  • Resilient flooring doesn’t need to be waxed—its top layer is made to stay shiny.
  • Heavy traffic is no problem, because these floors not only handle lots of activity, they’re actually resistant to scratches.
  • Resilient flooring is ... resilient. It’s flexible and comfortable underfoot, and there’s less breakage when items are dropped.
  • The price tag is usually a very pleasant surprise.

You can choose from several alternatives in look and construction. There’s direct-glue sheet flooring for durable performance and seamless appearance. Or you may prefer luxury vinyl tile or luxury vinyl planks in either direct-glue or floating constructions. Ask one of our sales staff to help you decide which of these options will best suit your space.

Technology Improved Look

Foster remembers an LVT in the 1970s and 1980s made to look like brick, with a herringbone pattern and grout lines. That product fell out of favor, along with similar faux looks.

But in recent years, rapidly advancing high-tech processes have transformed LVT and resilient sheet flooring into products that look like the real thing. Such products are available in several price points, with the most expensive lines offering the most realistic look.

One significant change is that LVT and resilient sheet flooring no longer have to have the look of perfection that has long been the giveaway that the products were resilient. Higher-end LVT can effectively mimic distressed and antique floors, Foster says. With products designed to look like wood, longer planks placed irregularly give a look of authenticity, he says.

These products are now found in upscale homes and commercial spaces, a far cry from resilient’s origin as a homey, economical option.

They’re still offering a look for less money than the real thing,” Foster says of the higher-end LVT products. “The price difference is enough of a difference to sway people’s minds. Plus it’s easy to clean and not easily damaged.”

Earth-Friendly, Family-Friendly

Today’s consumers are increasingly interested in Earth-friendly flooring. The new LVT and resilient sheet flooring products address these concerns by using virgin vinyl that doesn’t release harmful VOCs and adhesives that don’t have fumes. Some can be installed without any adhesive at all. Because the products are durable and have a timeless look, they’ll last for decades and not end up in a landfill as quickly.

Foster sees a bright future for LVT and resilient sheet flooring, buoyed by high-tech processes that enable the products to evolve and remain fashionable amid changing consumer tastes.

“Somebody doing fabulous interiors may want stone, marble, or wood, because not everybody is going to want a faux look,” he says. “But for most people, the LVT and vinyl sheet flooring products are going to offer the right look and appealing features for the money.”

Valley Floor Covering, INC. Blog

By Jennifer 20 Oct, 2017

Fall is upon us here in Rhode Island. With it comes brilliant colors, cooler temperatures, and the harsh reality that cold winter air is on its way. With the onset of cold weather comes cold floors and cold feet. Keeping your floors toasty warm this winter is not difficult with a bit of planning.

  • Underlayment – Flooring products such as wood, linoleum, and vinyl are great options for high traffic areas of the home. The downside of these versatile products is that they often will take on the temperature of whatever surface they are installed over. An underlayment placed between the subfloor and the flooring is an excellent way to improve the warmth of the area by blocking out the cold and increasing the air circulation.
  • Radiant heat –  Radiant heat is a special type of underlayment installed on top of the subfloor and beneath the flooring. The purpose of the radiant heat is to warm the area under the floor. This warmth moves upward into the flooring as well as the rest of the room, warming your feet as well as the entire space. It is a great option under tile but also works well under plank vinyl and even wood floors.
  • Area rugs – Rugs are an inexpensive and easy solution for floors, and can also add personality to your space. They make the entire room feel more inviting while giving you a warm spot to land your feet. In addition, rugs define different areas of your room such as reading nooks and conversation areas.
  • Carpet – Like area rugs, carpet is an excellent way to add warmth and personality to your space. It is among the most popular flooring solutions for bedrooms and living areas. In addition, it helps to insulate the space, keeping drafts out and warm air in.
  • Cork – This unique flooring option is unexpectedly warm. Because it is constructed with tiny air pockets that make up the flooring’s structure, it creates a cushion of insulation, keeping warm air in and cold air out. In addition, it is not complicated to install and can placed directly over most subflooring.
  • Vinyl – When combined with an underlayment, vinyl is a warm, inexpensive, and easy to maintain flooring solution.

If you are looking more cold weather flooring options, contact the experts at  Valley Floor Covering.

By Jennifer 28 Sep, 2017

Let’s face it: doing chores around the house is nobody’s favorite thing to do. But there are few cleaning jobs as tiresome or as frustrating as scrubbing the floors. It seems that the moment the floors are spotless and in pristine condition, something immediately occurs to make them dirty again.

On top of that, we are quickly approaching everyone’s favorite time of year. as they say on Game of Thrones, winter is coming. That means that those messy floors will become even grimier, as snow, dirt, and other winter filth are constantly brought into your home.

We at Valley Floor Coverings are just like you: we like a clean floor, and we admit that there are certain times of the year that keeping our floor clean is harder than others. While it’s certainly a frustrating problem, luckily, it is a problem with a few quick and simple solutions.

By Jennifer 26 Jul, 2017

If you live in a land-locked city and love the beach, infusing tropical design into your home can allow you to enjoy the beauty of your vacations year-round.

Pamela Hastings, a Florida-based designer and member of the American Society of Interior Designers, has brought the beach into seaside, mountain, and urban spaces. She believes tropical elements can enhance any space, as long as the touches are subtle.

“You don’t want your space to look like a rental condo,” Hastings says. “You don’t need to be too literal.” Just a few carefully chosen accessories, furnishings, or fabrics can bring the tranquility of a beach vacation right into your home.

By Jennifer 26 Jul, 2017

Valley Floor Covering, INC. offers the designer styling you want in any hard surface construction you need. We bring you our signature fine quality and craftsmanship in elegant flooring of every type.

Hardwood

Wood flooring is the enduring classic of beautiful homes ... rich and inviting, it always says “welcome.” With Shaw’s multitude of engineered and solid options, there’s a lovely hardwood style for almost any room. Our hardwood features ScufResist Platinum®, the industry’s toughest guard against high foot-traffic and scuffing—something your savvy customers, with their busy lifestyles, will appreciate.

Laminate

Unusually durable, good-looking, and easy to install, laminate is a great value to homeowners. Shaw’s laminate wood styles resemble natural woods so successfully, sometimes even our designers have trouble telling them from the real thing.

Resilient Vinyl

Today’s resilient is not only incredibly stylish, it’s cushy and comfortable—a flooring winner. Resilient floors are easy-care, have incredible warranties, and perform like commercial products. And Shaw’s resilient wood looks provide fashionable, colorful appeal to today’s interiors.

Ceramic Tile

Chic and very low-maintenance, tile is the go-anywhere floor. Shaw’s tile and stone products come in lovely designs that range from the urban and sophisticated to the laid-back and casual—with trim collections that are simply stunning. Plus, Shaw’s tile in hardwood designs makes it possible for you to put the charm of wood anywhere you like, indoors or out.

By Jennifer 28 Jun, 2017
There’s no getting around it. Flooring in a home is one of the most investments in a home. It’s in every room, it suffers the most wear and tear, it contributes to the style and decor of the home, and it can define how easy it is to keep your home cleanly and allergen free. From muddy cleats, to shedding dogs, to salt stains from snowboots, it’s important to pick a flooring option that can withstand the way a family lives while also maintaining a stylish, modern look. One of the most sought after flooring option on the market today in luxury vinyl flooring (LVF).

Luxury vinyl has been used almost exclusively by designers and stylists for years and until now, hasn’t been utilized by the average homeowner. Now, it has taken over the flooring market. The benefits of installing LVF in a home are substantial, which is why it has become such a popular option over the years.

It’s Tough
LVF is like the Terminator, there’s really no stain, scuff, or mark that can ruin it. It’s also flame resistant as well as slip resistant. The common thickness of LVF is generally 20mm . The material is comprised of layers resistant to wear and tear. The top layer is covered with a coating to enhance this durability. The durability of LVF is so substantial that it is often used in high traffic areas of commercial buildings as well as residential homes.

It’s Cheap
LVF is a fraction of the price of real hardwood, tile or stone floors. The best part is that LVF can be manufactured to match the look and textures of these materials. This saves homeowners and developers a fortune while achieving a more expensive, modern look in their home. More money is saved when it comes to upkeep. Cleaning LVF is as easy as wiping it down with a damp mop.

It’s Green
LVF, when made from completely vinyl materials, can meet Green  building standards and can meet the requirements for LEED points when used for commercial buildings.  

For LVF options, consultations and installations, call Valley Floor Covering, Inc. today at 401-724-8650. If you’re looking for inspiration or ideas, come visit our newly renovated showroom located at 144 Broad Street in Cumberland!
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