Luxury vinyl planks show off an attractive wood look

If you like a hardwood look but prefer a different flooring material, consider choosing pet-friendly luxury vinyl planks. This is an especially good flooring choice for a basement or bathroom, where hardwood is not appropriate. Routine care is easy, and spills can be cleaned up with the wipe of a cloth or damp mop. State 48 Floors, located in Tempe, Arizona, has a wide selection of flooring that includes luxury vinyl. We install the products we sell in our showroom.

Design layer

Planks are available in maple, oak, walnut, and other popular wood species. The wood-look designs are created with high-tech digital imaging technology. The thicker the plank, the deeper the embossing. Deep embossing creates realistic images that show off interesting grains, and on rustic brands, knots, wormholes, and rings as well. This design layer is topped by a wear layer. The backing layer and core layer are beneath it.

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Core layer

The toughest luxury vinyl plank flooring, or LVP, brands are waterproof. These waterproof brands usually have a wood-plastic composite core or a stone plastic composite core. The main component in WPC cores is wood byproducts while SPC cores contain limestone. Waterproof LVP tolerates standing water for long periods. Planks won't warp, buckle, or peel, and the floor's lifespan won't be affected. Waterproof flooring is ideal for pet owners and active households.

Wear layer

Since the transparent wear layer protects the design layer from scratches, stains, and other damage, thicker is better. It's wise to choose the best quality wear layer available because once it is worn down and the design layer is damaged, the flooring must be replaced. Plank thickness is measured in mm while the amount of wear on a plank is measured in mil. Look for a plank that is 8 mm or thicker and a wear layer that is 20 mil or higher.
Luxury vinyl flooring in Tempe, AZ from State 48 Floors


Luxury vinyl flooring is usually designed to click and lock together so the floor can float above the subfloor. Planks can be installed over concrete slabs, existing hard surface flooring, and radiant heat systems. Padding, or underlayment, is placed beneath the planks to cushion and warm the floor and to reduce noise. Some brands come with it attached to the plank. In general, LVP padding is thinner than brands designed for other types of flooring.

State 48 Floors serves the Phoenix metropolitan area, including the communities of Tempe, AZ, Mesa, AZ, Scottsdale, AZ, Paradise Valley, AZ, && Chandler, AZ. We invite you to visit our showroom in Tempe, Arizona, to get your LVP flooring upgrade started.