While not the gaudy, tacky variety you might remember from your childhood, vinyl isn’t what it once was when it comes to interior flooring. That said, it is important to always exercise good judgment.
“Luxury vinyl planks are making a comeback in vacation homes and commercial properties,” says Connell. “The look of wood has come a long way.”
While vinyl doesn’t have the best reputation for durability, many of today’s iterations are getting better. Stone-plastic composite (SPC) vinyl, for example, uses a combination of stone powder and polymers for its core, although some contain more plastic than others. To meet strict EU sustainability laws, Eylor says his company’s R&D department developed a product that is 90% stone powder and 10% polymers, making it one of strongest and most stable in the industry, with lower VOC levels.
“SPC is definitely the fastest growing material on the market due to its ease of installation and low maintenance,” says Eylor. “The current style is the grain of French oak and the clean look that moves away from the rustic aspect. The coloring moves away from gray towards light natural oak.
A wealth of wood
Despite the many alternatives, sometimes it’s impossible to beat the charm of real wood flooring, say our designers. “My favorite right now are the herringbone wood floors. I love a nod to the past, and they give you just that,” says London.
Connell points out that wood can also work in areas where you typically use tile. “Since we have many lake house projects, our customers are looking for very durable products that can withstand water wear and tear from dripping towels and bare feet, spills from many house guests. house and muddy paws dripping from the lake,” she says. “We suggest pre-finished engineered hardwoods which have a superior wood veneer followed by a water resistant sealant. You would never know that the water won’t hurt it and it’s much warmer on your feet than the tiled floor.