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Luxury vinyl flooring is practical and beautiful

Luxury vinyl is a versatile and practical material that resists stains and scratches and everyday wear and tear. Luxury vinyl flooring, or LVF, offers ease of maintenance and a hardwood or tile look. Tile that has a hardwood look is trendy, and wood-look planks are popular too. Stone and ceramic look vinyl flooring are also good alternatives to the natural materials they mimic. G & J Tile & Floor Covering is a locally owned flooring retailer in Foley, Alabama, that offers a wide assortment of luxury vinyl brands that can be installed in any room of the house.

Multiple layer flooring construction

Planks and tiles have four layers: backing, core, image, and wear. Images of wood species, stones, and ceramic are created with high tech digital imaging technology. The transparent wear layer protects the image, so the thickness is important. Look for a brand that has a wear layer that is at least 20 mils thick. The highest quality brands have an additional protective coating on top of the wear layer. Plank thickness ranges from 2 mm to 8 mm or more.

Waterproof flooring with a rigid core

Rigid core construction offers dimensional stability. WPC and SPC are types of rigid cores. The main component in the wood-plastic composite core is wood flour or another wood byproduct while a stone plastic composite core contains limestone. Any LVF that has a rigid core is waterproof. This type of LVF will not warp or buckle even if it is wet for a long period. Further, since there is no change in structural integrity, the floor's lifespan does not change.

Luxury vinyl flooring installation

Most planks and tiles have an interlocking design but some brands are designed to be glued down. LVF that connects in tongue and groove fashion floats over the subfloor. This flooring can be installed over concrete, some existing flooring, and radiant heat systems. Vinyl specific underlayment, or padding, can be placed under high-quality brands that are more than 4mm thick. Underlayment provides noise reduction, insulation, and moisture protection.

Your Foley flooring headquarters

G & J Tile & Floor Covering can install your new luxury vinyl floors, and if you're looking for a custom kitchen and bathroom remodel, we can do that too. We serve the following communities: Foley, AL, Gulf Shores, AL, Orange Beach, AL, Fairhope, AL, && Daphne, AL. Browse through our online flooring photo gallery and then get started on your LVF flooring project by giving us a call or by returning the online 'Request an estimate'’ form.