If you want oak or hickory floors with rich, golden warm wood tones with knots, distinctive grains, and distressed or weathered textures, you can get them all for your rustic-style home.

You can also get a light driftwood style in a white or gray vinyl plank that gives a room an airy and open atmosphere. Finally, for a luxurious, upscale look with marble, granite, or travertine stone looks or fun, colorful geometric tile patterns to get a retro look.

And that's just a tiny taste of what you can do with luxury vinyl (LVF).

Affordable style

With stunning visuals, this product offers true-to-life images of wood, stone, and tile, taken with high-definition photography, so they're bright, clear, and accurate. Micro beveling and embossing add depth, dimension, and textured looks, such as wire-brushed, hand scraped, weathered, and distressed.

To add to the realism, the vinyl can either be cut into strips and mounted on boards to mimic hardwood planks, called luxury vinyl plank or LVP. It can also be cut into tile-sized square pieces that can be used with or without grout called luxury vinyl tile or LVT.

Amazingly realistic, flooring experts sometimes have trouble discerning it from genuine materials, but you'll know because you won't pay nearly the same price as you would for wood or stone.

Other benefits of luxury vinyl flooring include:

1. Durability: While all vinyl is pretty strong, the luxury version is five times thicker than the original product. It comes with a top transparent melamine wear layer that protects the floor from scratches and scuffs. On top of that is a urethane finish that adds extra strength and shine. It's also completely waterproof, whether submerged or spilled on.
2. Low maintenance: It needs regular sweeping and periodic mopping with a manufacturer-approved cleaner.
3. Uncomplicated installation: It can be glued down or installed as a floating floor. With the latter, pieces click, mat, and hover over the subfloor without nails or glue.

We have the best luxury vinyl flooring for you

Luxury vinyl flooring is one of the best ways to transform your home affordably (and we’ll also offer a free quote). Come into the Fashion Floor Center to explore samples from brands like Mannington, Evoke, Marquis, COREtec, and more. In Decorah, IA, we're convenient to Cresco, Waukon, Calmar, and Ridgeway.