The flooring you choose for your kitchen and baths should be durable and easy to maintain and clean. Flooring in both those spaces get a lot foot traffic (especially the kitchen) and are both prone to moisture (especially baths). Hardwood flooring is a fantastic flooring material, but it needs to be installed in rooms with low moisture to prevent warping and distortion. In our opinion, the best type of flooring for both kitchen and baths (and other rooms in a house) is Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) or Engineered Vinyl Plank (EVP) which the Kitchen Bath and Bath Design Studio carries and installs in the metro Charlotte area. LVP and EVP are high performance flooring materials that look great (mimic the look of wood, stone or tile), cost less than hardwood floors or stone floors and are really low maintenance. Below we go over some of the major benefits of LVP and EVP.
LVP and EVP Scratch resistance
LVP and EVP Moisture Resistance
Vinyl flooring has come a long way since its introduction to the market. Nowadays, LVP and EVP have never looked so good. One of the of layers of LVP and EVP is the print layer on which the desired pattern (wood, stone or tile) is printed in high resolution. Because LVP and EVP come in planks that click and lock together and those planks have many textures available like embossed, scraped and wire-brushed, they look like the real thing, may it be wood, stone or tile. LVP and EVP are increasingly becoming harder to distinguish from wood, stone and tile.
If you want your floors to be quiet when you walk on them (and who doesn’t), having an underlayment installed beneath your flooring is key. Many LVP and EVP products come already equipped with this feature as their bottom layer, including the ones we sale and install in the Charlotte area. Compared to wood flooring, tile and stone flooring, LVP and EVP are extremely quiet and a great choice for both first floor and second floor installation.
LVP and EVP planks have a softer surface than regular wood planks, stone and vinyl, making them more comfortable to walk on. This is an especially important benefit for those who need to stand for long periods of time, as vinyl planks are easier and more comfortable to stand on than traditional flooring alternatives. This feature makes LVP and EVP a great choice for kitchens. Unlike tile and stone flooring, LVP and EVP are also warmer to walk on, especially in the winter months.
LVP and EVP Cost
With any remodeling project, budget is a deciding factor. Choosing LVP or EVP for your flooring will save you money without sacrificing aesthetics and performance.
The Kitchen and Bath Design Studio carries a large selection of LVP and EVP flooring for your home. We are conveniently located to Charlotte and open to the public everyday. Visit our showroom to see floor samples and to speak with designers about your upcoming kitchen and bath remodeling project.