LVP flooring, or Luxury Vinyl Plank, is a durable, affordable, and beautiful alternative to hardwood flooring. It is suited for a lot of residential and commercial applications. If installed correctly, it perfectly mimics the look, texture, and warmth of solid timber. But how much do you know about the vinyl that gives LVP flooring its resilience and strength?
History of Vinyl Plank Flooring
Back in 1872, a German chemist named Eugen Baumann was experimenting with a particular gas called vinyl chloride, he left it exposed to sunlight. He returned to find what would be called PVC. It was an accidental discovery, but the first step in one of the most widely-manufactured plastics today.
In the early 20th century, German companies tried to utilize PVC in their products, however the production process got inconsistent results.
It wasn’t until 1926, when American inventor and chemist Dr. Waldo Semon was trying to bond metal and rubber, that he discovered a formula that would make PVC useful. His formula, which allowed vinyl to remain rigid, yet flexible, would produce what is known today as vinyl, which saw use during World War II: the material was used to insulate wiring, but it would soon become available to commercial and consumer markets in the form of flooring – affordable, resilient, and sturdy.
Vinyl used in Flooring and the Introduction of LVP / LVT
1970s saw the introduction of the first Vinyl Plank Flooring with décor options. Instead of relying on the cheap price of generic vinyl sheet, homeowners had the chance to show off their style while staying within a budget, and relying on its practicality.
Today, Luxury Vinyl Plank or Tile Flooring is a great alternative to hardwood flooring. A floor is comprised of individual pieces of vinyl that lock or glue together to mimic the look of traditional wood planks.
Benefits of LVP Flooring
While Luxury Vinyl Planks look and feel like real wood, their benefits exceed those of the traditional material.
For one, Luxury Vinyl Planks are waterproof. This means that they maintain their appearance and sturdiness with accidental water spills.
Stone Barn’s Luxury Vinyl Planks are also hypoallergenic and eco-friendly. No formaldehyde are used in the process of manufacturing vinyl flooring products. It is also phthalate-free! And because the floors can be cleaned with just water and mild detergents, it’s easy to keep them free from dust.
It is also slip-resistant, making them perfect for slick areas of the home such as kitchens and bathrooms, and well-suited to high-traffic commercial applications, such as hospitals, cafeterias, airports and restaurants in China.
LVP flooring is also customizable. Consumers can choose from glue-down or floating click-locking installation options based on their preference and the qualities of the backing material.
Today’s Chinese LVP floors are at the top of their game, from their three-dimensional embossing mimicking natural hardwood, to the various applications of their resilient structure.