Vinyl planks a hot housing trend
February 21, 2018
Vinyl plank flooring is becoming a hot trend in new homes and renovations. A near dead-ringer for wood, the planks are also waterproof and rugged.
“It is a great product,” said Randy Shier, president of Mission Group, the biggest homebuilder in Kelowna, British Columbia.
Shier had vinyl plank installed in Mission Group’s latest condo project and said it is becoming the standard for all its projects.
The big advantage, he noted, is that the vinyl planks come in a variety of styles and can be used in kitchens and bathrooms, where real hardwood may be affected by water. The vinyl planks are also quieter underfoot than real wood and relatively easy to install.
A deal maker for many contractors is the price. Even quality vinyl plank is available at Lowe’s or Home Depot from around $3.50 to $4 per square foot. It is sold in packages that will cover around 20 square feet.
The most ecological feature is how wear and damage are handled. The floor never needs sanding, stripping or staining. Replacing a plank is simple and most products have a 30-year warranty.