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Luxury Vinyl Plank FAQ

This is a sponsored post for Provenza Floors about vinyl plank flooring.  All opinions are my own.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I’m a huge fan of luxury vinyl plank flooring.  Since I share a lot about it, I’ve had plenty of questions come my way.  Rightly so, since LVP still seems like a fairly new trend in flooring.  I thought I’d put some of the most frequently asked LVP questions in one place for easy reference.  If you’re looking for new flooring (or even just some great home decor ideas), definitely keep reading because I’ve got information on a SURFACES Expo you can attend too.

We used Provenza MaxCore Waterproof LVP in the color Finally Mine in our home, and I love it so much!  You can read more about it in my posts about How to Choose the Best Vinyl Plank Flooring and my Provenza Vinyl Flooring Review.

Luxury Vinyl Plank FAQ

What is luxury vinyl plank (LVP)?  Luxury vinyl plank is a vinyl flooring that looks like wood.  It is waterproof, which makes it ideal for installing in kitchens and bathrooms.

Is vinyl plank better than laminate?  There are pros and cons for each, but, in my opinion, the pros of vinyl plank make it better than laminate.  Laminate may look ever so slightly more realistic, but vinyl plank’s waterproof attributes and scratch resistant wear layer make it a better option for me.

How much does it cost to install vinyl plank flooring?  How much vinyl plank flooring installation costs will depend how it’s installed and where you are located.  The most common type of LVP clicks together like laminate.  If you doing a floating installation (vs glue down), expect to pay around $1-$3 a square foot for install.  We live in California, and got it installed for $2.00/sf.  That was the best price we found.

Can you install vinyl plank flooring on stairs?  Yes, vinyl plank flooring can be installed on stairs.  You’ll need to choose a brand that sells stair nose that coordinates with your flooring choice.  (Stair nose is the part that goes on the edge of each step.)  All of the Provenza Maxcore Waterproof LVP collections have options for various trims (including stair nose).

Can you install vinyl plank flooring in the bathroom?  Yes!  One of the best things about vinyl plank flooring is that it’s waterproof!  You can install it in the bathroom and kitchen without having to worry about it getting a little wet.  Make sure to clean up spills and accidents quickly (I have little kids), and don’t use any harsh chemicals on the floor.

Can you put heavy furniture on vinyl plank flooring?  Yes, you can put heavy furniture on vinyl plank flooring.  You do, however, need to take measures to protect your flooring from damage.  Use felt pads under furniture legs, especially under chairs.  If you have a piano, or anything heavy on casters (wheels), you’ll want to use caster cups to distribute the weight. 

Does vinyl plank flooring scratch easily?  This is, again, going to depend on the type of vinyl plank flooring that you get.  Scratch resistance will likely be determined by the wear layer on the flooring.  If you are worried about scratching, I’d get something with a 20mil wear layer. 

Can you put rugs on vinyl plank flooring?  Yes, you can put rugs on vinyl plank flooring, but you need to make sure it’s the right kind.  You don’t want anything that has a rubber backing unless it specifically says it’s safe for vinyl flooring.  The same goes for rug pads.  The chemicals can react with the vinyl flooring and turn it yellow.  Use non-staining mats only.

Does luxury vinyl plank decrease home value?  This is a tough question because home value (at least here in California) is determined by an appraiser, that might have their own opinions about what things are worth.  I can tell you that when we sold our previous home, we didn’t get any positive or negative value on the appraisal for having LVP when compared to other homes.  If you are very concerned about this, I recommend talking to a local appraiser.  They would be able to give you the most timely and accurate answer.

Do vinyl floors look cheap?  If you’re talking about sheet vinyl that has to be cut in sections and glued down, then yes, I’d say that is probably a cheaper-looking floor.  Luxury vinyl plank is definitely a far cry from sheet vinyl though.  With realistic textures and patterns, I don’t think you’ll be able to tell the difference between a good LVP and laminate flooring.  Get some samples and test it out for yourself!  I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Can you use a steam mop on vinyl plank flooring?  No, you should not use a steam mop on vinyl plank flooring.  The heat can cause damage to the planks and is not recommended.  Check out my post on How to Clean Vinyl Plank Flooring for more on that.

The International Surfaces Event 2020

Now, for some exciting news!  If you can make it to the Las Vegas area, there is a big floor covering, stone and tile event going on from January 27th – January 30th.  Head over to get design inspiration and see all of the latest products.   Click here to get a complimentary exhibits pass, courtesy of Provenza Floors!

Provenza Floors will have a booth set up to showcase their Maxcore LVP and new QR code feature.  I think the QR code feature is so neat!  Before this came out, and we were shopping for floors, I found myself doing internet searches for floor after floor trying to get more information and photos.  With the new QR codes on each sample, now you can just use your phone’s camera to scan the code and get immediate information and videos of what the floors look like installed.

It’s so convenient!  Take a look at this article from Floor Covering News to read more about it and make sure to check out Provenza Floors when shopping for new flooring.

 

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Afton Jackson

Thursday 28th of January 2021

You caught my attention when you stated that luxury vinyl plank floors are both scratch-resistant and waterproof. These two benefits alone make me think that getting some for my renovation project can really make my life easier since stains and scratches are the most common mishaps in my house. With this in mind, I'll start looking for any flooring contractors that offer this so we can install some right away.

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Thursday 28th of January 2021

It's definitely the new trend in flooring, so you should be able to find someone easily. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Lori

Sunday 30th of August 2020

I’m in So CA and installed Provenza in the house. Now wanting to do the stairs. Who was your installer?

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Tuesday 1st of September 2020

Ooh it's going to look so pretty! I'm in Northern CA, and it was just a local guy. Send me an email if you want his name, but he probably doesn't travel that far. ;)

Jodi Samson

Tuesday 21st of July 2020

Hello!!! We are remodeling our house and debating which flooring. Thank you so much for all the info!! What much $ sq ft was the vinyl?

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Tuesday 1st of September 2020

That will vary depending on the area you live in. I suggest calling around to a few retailers to get quotes.

Maria

Friday 26th of June 2020

Hi! We just installed Provenza True Story and it’s beautiful. I have put felt mats under all chairs and furniture. I’m trying to purchase some wool rugs and use pads, but are the rugs commonly sold on Wayfair made of propylene which is a mix of synthetic materials ok for these floors? Does anyone have experience with this? Of course, I’d buy a non rubber/latex pad from rug pads USA. Anyway, the floors are beautiful but since they’re 2 weeks old I’m so afraid of ruining them or scratching them. I’ve gotten rid of all my runners with rubber backings. I just didn’t know their were so many rules but I think I’m on the right track. We have 3 little kids so wanted something durable for our entire first floor. TIA.

Po

Tuesday 28th of July 2020

Hi Maria, can u please show me a picture of your flooring. I’m interested in doing true story too, but wanted to see it fully done.

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Thursday 2nd of July 2020

I would only use pads that specifically say they are safe for vinyl or non-staining. I think the pad I found was from Bed Bath and Beyond, but it isn't non-slip. I'll leave your comment up in case anyone else has a suggestion, or you can come back and tell us which one you used.

Gary

Friday 14th of February 2020

Appreciate your article, thank you. I am installing the Provenza LVP in my home. Regarding the stair treads, do you know if the padded backing on the plank needs to be removed? If it is removed, then the matching stair nose will not be flush to the surface of the plank. I called provenza for recommendation and they would not tell me what approach to take...baffling. They said to ask the installer...that’s me. So, either I leave the backing and float the plank and only the stair nose gets adhesive or I strip the the plank of the backing, find a shim and use adhesive, or do not remove the backing and apply adhesive directly on the backing. Everything I’ve seen or done the tread always gets adhesive. Might you have any suggestions?

Regards, Gary

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Friday 14th of February 2020

Oooh... I don't know. So the stair nose doesn't have the backing? I didn't do the install, and I didn't see what my installer did on the stairs. I have one photo that I took during stair install, but all it shows is the stair nose on without the other parts. I'm sorry I can't be more help! Maybe call and ask another flooring installer what they do?

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