Hands down, the question that I have received the most about our recent remodel is surrounding our flooring.
So I thought today I’d put together all the information that I have on it, so that you can make the most informed decision for you!
We labored over this decision probably more than any other for the house.
Flooring is not only a really big expense in your budget, but it’s also something that obviously EVERYONE sees, and really sets the tone for the entire home’s decor.
I was extremely skeptical of the word “vinyl” when we started this journey. It wasn’t even on the table. Sounds cheap, and definitely not the look I’m going for.
Engineered, real hardwoods (wide plank) was top of my list. Only problem was that every flooring sample I fell in love with, was priced way out of our price range at anywhere from $12-$17/sq ft.
We knew we wanted to make the leap to be a no carpet household, so we needed something closer to the $5-$7 sq/ft price range. If not cheaper.
My next point of skepticism came from the ole “re-sale” value argument. Shouldn’t we have real hardwoods for re-sale value?
Ultimately, we decided, lets make this home a home for us. And not worry about any potential family that might want to buy it from us in oh, say….TWENTY years!
Our builder also assured us that these luxury vinyl planks are now being used across many high-end homes, as the product has come MUCH farther than ever before.
They are virtually indestructible. Waterproof. And pretty much the exact maintenance we needed with little kids, and growing rambunctious boys.
*Side note: we don’t have dogs, but these floors are perfect for animals as well because they cannot be scratched IMO.
I push furniture along them everyday with ease. #rearrangeaholic
Something spills? Not a problem, just grab a paper towel and wipe it up. No staining, no water marks, no damage to worry about.
Best part: they cost us roughly $2.50/sq ft (not including install).
They are 7.5″ wide planks with tons of variation. So much so, that we couldn’t match our hardwood stairs to them (that’s for another post someday), so they look and feel like real barn wood.
Here is the link to all of the different variations and color ways from our particular brand of LVP.
I was drawn to all French and English oaks, so the Antique Oak color way in Old English was perfect for us.
This is not laminate. This is not your grandma’s vinyl either.
This comes in a standard 7.5″-7.75″ planks that can either be glued down (that’s what we did) or installed as click down like traditional hardwoods.
Most likely, you will need to install an extra layer of subfloor which will increase your overall cost, but will still keep you under that $5 sq/ft mark.
To clean, my Swiffer and vacuum do the trick. And recently for Christmas, we entered into the Jetson’s world with a Roomba. And literally as I’m writing this blogpost, my 2 year old just wrote in marker ALL over the floors.
Not to worry – wiped it right up with a wet cloth.
It’s so nice knowing I can use a disinfectant and my floors are ACTUALLY clean, rather than just the look of clean.
Overall, we have said time and again since moving in, that our flooring was the exact right option for us. Just the simplicity of not having to worry about the kids scratching, staining, or spilling on the floors has given us such peace of mind.
We have real hardwoods on our stairs, which we chose to stain a contrasting ebony color, and this is what the LVP transition looks like for those.
We only have this in two locations in our whole house.
Overall, we LOVE this flooring choice. If you’ve made it this far in the post, and you’re wondering how much I got paid to say all of this, the answer is $0 – these are my honest opinions, just trying to help out one remodeler to the next.
Let me know if there are any other questions you might have regarding choosing, or installing the LVP (luxury vinyl planks), and I’m happy to help!