Selecting flooring for your Outer Banks home should be a balance toward beauty and practicality. One wants to have beautiful floors but they should also be easy to take care of so you can get the most enjoyment out of your vacation home. Frequently guests may not take precautions to preserve hard wood or laminate floors by tracking sand in or leaving wet towels around. You want your guest to enjoy their time in your home without having to worry about fussy building materials.
The LifeProof luxury vinyl tile delivers on both beauty and practicality. If you have ever wished for life proof flooring, your wish has come true. While “lifeproof” is also the brand name that Homes by Eillu uses, the tough product looks great, is easy to install and stands up to the wear and tear in even heavy traffic areas. It is ideal for homes with pets and children where messes can be an everyday occurrence.
Homes by Eillu has installed these luxury vinyl tiles on several homes we have developed in exclusive Corolla, NC Communities. Potential buyers have responded favorably and often times believe the floors to be wood. The owners of our new homes, have appreciated how well the floors have performed and how easy they are to care for – even years after installation.
The product is water proof so it is great for bathroom and kitchen installations where requiring water proof flooring is a necessity. It is also ideal for a basement or game room applications near a pool area; where visitors will often track in water and wet bathing suits. I would also recommend it for the laundry room flooring, where in the event of a leak or accident, the flooring will not be ruined.
Residential installations come with a lifetime warranty. The lifetime warranty means you may tire of it or styles may change before the product wears out.
Removing the product in the future is simple. The planks lock together and are installed without glue or any adhesive. You simply just lift and un-snap to remove.
Each plank is about 7mm thick with the foam underlayment backing included with each plank. The flooring snaps together with a tongue and grove that hides any seams. It is easy enough for a DIY person to install but some have commented that you need to get the feel of the angle to snap the product together.
The floor “floats” over existing floor coverings like tile, cement or plywood. So, for remodeling projects, the old floor does not have to be removed. This saves time and money weather you are doing it yourself or have hired a professional for your remodeling project.
Home Depot carries this brand of flooring and there are several colors and finishes to choose from. There are wooden oak colored finishes in warm tones and weathered gray tones. There are also stone finishes to choose from. Some finishes are available in store and some require ordering online.
The flooring is manufactured into planks that are 47.6 inches long and either multi-width or 8.7 inches wide. The cost is from $2.79 to $2.99 per square foot; a box will cover between 19 to 20 sf. The stone finish is available in 16 inch width by 32 inch lengths.
There is a closed-cell foamed PVC core that is lightweight and easy to handle but strong and rigid once installed. PVC is polyvinyl chloride which is usually used in commercial or institutional settings with high traffic.
The flooring is a breeze to maintain and only requires a simple sweeping, vacuuming or a damp mop to keep it looking good. The material is treated with an inhibitor to resist stain and odor causing mold or mildew both on the vinyl top layer and the foam underlayment.
The wood graining in the product has a warm and realistic look. The foam underlayment makes it softer to walk on and quieter when walked upon.
Luxury vinyl tile has a texture that mimics wood or stone with deeper embossing to provide a very realistic look and feel. The polyurethane top layer provides protection from scratching or gouging. The embossing and texture on the tile provides traction and is not slippery in damp conditions.
Some color selections are included below:
There are several manufacturers of luxury vinyl tile. The colors, textures and design for each will vary as well as the price for each.
You can see the diverse patterns, colors, textures available with luxury vinyl tile on this Pinterest page. You can select a quality product by picking one made with a thicker layer of materials.
Luxury vinyl flooring is more forgiving then laminate flooring. Laminate flooring is very susceptible to damage from water, humidity and higher moisture content. So, vinyl is better suited for kitchen and bathroom applications where water or spills are likely to happen.
Luxury vinyl flooring is also more forgiving in a remodeling environment where the subfloor may not be perfectly smooth. In these applications, laminate flooring may break or crack while vinyl will be more flexible.
Homes by Eillu is proud to provide our buyers with high quality products and the most generous warranties for our new homes and the products within. We have tested and sourced products to provide utility for the long term. Your primary home or vacation home should be a place to relax and not have to worry about unnecessary maintenance.