Guide to Luxury Vinyl Planks

What is Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring?

In the flooring world, luxury vinyl is one of the new kids on the block.

Luxury vinyl is the cousin of sheet vinyl and the competitor of laminate.

Luxury vinyl took the vinyl core but added other layers to create the planks and tiles. This makes a floor that is still relatively inexpensive but is more durable and better looking than traditional vinyl. Like laminate, some of the high-end designs can look shockingly similar to real wood and tiles.


can nearly clone the look and texture of hardwood, ceramic tiles, and other premium types of flooring

  • cheaper on average than the floors that it mimics

  • less maintenance than hardwood

  • since tiles or planks are individual, damaged areas can easily be replaced with just a few new pieces

  • potential DIY job—much easier than sheet vinyl

  • water resistance better than laminate and hardwood = better for basements and bathrooms

  • overall very durable even though it won’t last a lifetime like hardwood can