What is vinyl plank flooring?
Luxury vinyl plank flooring is a great way to transform your home with an affordable, durable and low maintenance floor covering replicating an authentic timber look.
Today's range of vinyl plank flooring is more budget-friendly for most Australian households than real timber flooring and is easily laid directly onto most subfloors.
Vinyl planks are ideal for family homes!
High quality vinyl planks are scuff-proof, stain resistant and more forgiving underfoot than solid hardwood floating floors or tiles.
Vinyl planks consist of wear layers with clear coatings which create a scratch, scuff, fade and stain resistant surface. These wear layers protect the core layers made of PVC, with digitally-enhanced photographic imaging used to create the fashionable timber look.
What are the benefits of vinyl plank flooring?
Vinyl plank flooring offers many benefits to Australian households. Vinyl is a popular flooring option for several reasons:
- The realistic finishes created by digital imaging make it look like real timber flooring.
- Vinyl planks are quieter and softer underfoot than hardwood floating floors.
- Vinyl is far more affordable to most Australian families than authentic timber floorboards or engineered timber flooring.
- Vinyl planks are durable and resilient to the wear and tear of family living.
- Vinyl flooring is an easy-to-lay, easy-to-clean, low-maintenance floor covering which is also resilient in highly humid climates.
- Vinyl planks have contemporary visual appeal, transforming any home's floors from ho-hum to wow!
- Vinyl plank flooring is an anti-static, hygienic, water resistant and anti-slip surface.
Is vinyl plank flooring better than laminate?
Tough question, because both are excellent choices for any home. When you compare their properties, it seems laminate flooring and vinyl flooring are very similar. Both types of flooring provide:
- a natural timber look for a fraction of the price.
- easy installation with no mess, no fuss.
- a timeless woodgrain look which never dates.
- a hygienic surface ideal for allergy sufferers.
- a scuff and scratch resistant surface which is easy to clean and low maintenance.
- the perfect floor surface for family homes with pets and kids.
Sometimes it simply comes down to personal preference of things like the sound and the feel of the flooring underfoot, the thickness of the planks and the price points. It is also important to consider the designs, colours and surface appearance which may lead you towards one product over the other.
Can you put vinyl plank flooring over laminate?
Theoretically you can lay vinyl plank flooring over any clean surface, but it needs to be completely smooth and free of dirt and debris for the vinyl planks to stick and retain a smooth finish.
How do you install vinyl plank flooring?
You can install vinyl plank flooring yourself if you are a DIY-er, or our expert installers can do the job for you.
Vinyl planks are laid using an adhesive to stick the planks to the subfloor, which needs to be smooth and clean. If you are installing vinyl plank flooring yourself, closely follow the manufacturer's installation guide to ensure a professional-looking finish.
What rooms are vinyl planks best suited for?
The stunning visual appeal of Australian hardwood finishes such as Spotted Gum, Blackbutt or natural Oak make vinyl planks a popular choice for open plan living areas and hallways. The addition of cosy floor rugs makes vinyl planks welcome in bedrooms too.
Some vinyl plank floors are water resistant. If you want to lay vinyl plank flooring in wet areas of the home, check the manufacturer's guidelines to see if it is suitable.
What kinds of vinyl plank flooring can I choose from?
Your local Carpet Court store has a range of vinyl flooring collections.
Offering diverse textured woodgrain looks, colours and designs, our vinyl plank flooring products are perfect for residential family homes.
Each vinyl plank collection encompasses planks in a variety of lengths, widths, thicknesses and looks.
If you seek vinyl flooring for commercial premises our range includes vinyl sheet flooring and vinyl tiles.
Most popular vinyl plank flooring
So many of our gorgeous vinyl plank floors are popular! The Harmony Plank collection offers a sleek, flowing look in a number of stunning woodgrain finishes.
Modular Living Plus offers robust planks for a solid timber look, while Laneway vinyl planks are flexible, durable, and water-resistant.
How to choose the right vinyl plank flooring for your home
Several factors can influence the performance of vinyl plank flooring, the most important being the environment in which it is laid. Ensure the vinyl plank flooring you choose is suited to the conditions in your home.
While taking into account the textured look, matte or satin finish and the colours which are right for your home, also consider the feel and the sound of the vinyl planks underfoot.
Tips when buying vinyl plank flooring
- Taking into account your home environment, lifestyle and budget will ensure you choose the best vinyl plank flooring for your home.
- Listen to the expert advice provided by the team at your local Carpet Court store.
How durable are vinyl planks?
Luxury vinyl plank flooring products are highly durable flooring types and a popular choice for residential homes. They offer high levels of scuff, scratch and stain resistance making them suitable for high traffic areas in family homes with pets and young children.
Our vinyl plank collections offer fabulous residential wear and tear warranties, highlighting their durability when cared for, installed and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
How to lay vinyl plank flooring?
When laying vinyl plank flooring, it is important to:
1. Thoroughly prepare the subfloor
2. Decide on the direction the vinyl planks will be laid
3. Apply a coat of adhesive before you lay the planks
If you’re laying vinyl planks as a DIY project, read our online resources for design inspiration. Alternatively, you can get Carpet Court’s professional installers to lay your flooring for you. Be sure to read our pre-installation guide before your flooring arrives.