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LVP WEAR LAYER: WHAT IS IT? AND WHY IT IS IMPORTANT?

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When you are selecting waterproof flooring, it is crucial to understand not only the LVP wear layer, but how the floor is put together and how the individual parts work together.  Waterproof flooring, or LVP flooring, is comprised of several layers: a backing, central core layer, top printed/textured layer, and finally the wear layer.  Each layer provides crucial performance factors to the flooring:

  • LVP backing is typically made of foam or cork. 
  • The central core is a mix of PVC and wood flour or limestone powder.
  • Near the top of the flooring, lies the realistic textured design layer.
  • The top layer is the super-durable wear layer.

So, What Is an LVP Wear Layer?

The wear layer is a final, clear coat that covers the photo-realistic layers on the top of the vinyl plank.  The wear layer protects the printed layer from wear and tear and general damage.  This layer contains most of the protection for the floor, thus, the wear layer plays a key role in determining the longevity and life of your floor: the thicker the wear layer, the greater protection and life.  Similarly, when looking at floor warranties, the thicker the wear layer, the longer the manufacturer and/or flooring store will warranty the product.

How Do You Measure an LVP Wear Layer?

Wear layers are typically measured in thousands of an inch, for example .1 mil = 1/1000th of an inch, or “1 mil”.  A 20 Mil wear layer is .5mm.  Any LVP you purchase should clearly indicate how thick is the wear layer.  For example, the WPC pro line in Lux Premier flooring, only available at Taylor Carpets and Flooring, you will see a 28 mil wear layer, or .07 mm.

What Size or Thickness Should a Typical LVP Wear Layer Be?

Some manufacturers recommend 6 to 8 mil, or .02 mm.  Typically, this amount of wear layer has a only 10-year warranty for home, and no warranty for commercial applications.  Many stores will attempt to persuade you that a 12 mil (.03 mm) wear layer is sufficient for residential or commercial use.  Keep in mind that many manufacturers do not warranty LVP flooring for commercial use until 20 mils.  As the wear layer is the only thing protecting the photo finish layer from scratches, dings and the elements, the thicker wear layer, the better.  The industry standard is one year per mil.

What is Ceramic Bead Surface?

Some products, like those in the Lux Premier line at Taylor Carpets and Flooring in Provo and Lehi, have a ceramic bead surface to make the product more scratch resistant.  This ceramic bead surface is incorporated into the wear layer, or added on top of the wear layer, for added protection for the floor. Most of the products at Taylor Carpets and Flooring, such as the Lux Premier lines all have ceramic bead protection.

Final Thoughts:

Before you make a final decision on the perfect LVP floor for your home, consider how much traffic your floor gets, how much protection you believe is necessary, and finally how much of a warranty you believe you will need. 

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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LVT AND LVP FLOORING?

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When comparing both LVT and LVP flooring, it is important to know the differences between the two products because although they are similar, they are not identical. First, LVT is an acronym that stands for Luxury Vinyl Tile. Traditionally, vinyl flooring was only sold in large sheets, cut from rolls with 150 feet or more of continuous pattern. Once Vinyl was improved and strengthened manufacturers began selling it in shapes similar to tile.

Over time, Luxury Vinyl Tile also began to shaped into planks, similar in appearance to traditional hardwood flooring. In some cases LVT is nearly identical in appearance to LVP, and unless you are able to see the products, it may be difficult to tell the difference.

One of the main differences is that LVT (even when shaped in planks) tends to be a thinner more tile-esque product without the benefit of a firmer core.  Because LVT and LVP are fabricated from waterproof components, both are naturally waterproof.  And both products are created by several layers with a top wear layer, both are naturally stain, scuff and scratch resistant.

Taylor Carpets and Flooring Has The Best LVT And LVP Flooring

If you’re ready to start looking at the highest quality and widest variety of LVP and LVT flooring, start your search with us.  We carry a wide variety of both LVP and LVT flooring, including the fantastic products from Lux Premier Flooring. We will help you through the entire process: from measuring your flooring at no charge, to preparing a thorough and detailed written quote, to a fast and flawless installation. 

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WHAT SHOULD YOU KNOW BEFORE BUYING LUXURY VINYL PLANK FLOORING?

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Luxury vinyl plank flooring (LVP), also commonly referred to as waterproof flooring, is swiftly becoming a leader in the flooring market. LVP is less expensive than hardwood and in recent years it is designed so well that it can often be nearly indistinguishable from wood plank flooring.  As its popularity has risen, the number of choices has also skyrocketed.  As there are so many products to choose from, it is helpful to understand what you are looking for and what you should avoid.

What is the Difference Between Classic Vinyl Flooring and LVP Flooring?

Fist, it is important to know that LVP flooring is very different from the classic vinyl developed in the mid-60s. 

Classic sheet vinyl flooring typically comes from large 12-foot rolls.  Amounts required are measured, cut, then installed in your home.  It is durable, inexpensive, and very versatile. The clean, smooth surface and lack of seams make sheet vinyl a great choice for bathrooms and kitchens, where water and moisture are present. 

LVP flooring is a completely different product. LVP flooring is a waterproof product designed to be stronger, more durable, and more modern than traditional sheet vinyl.  Typically, LVP contains multiple layers, each with a distinctive function—from the cork or foam backing, through enhanced and modified PVC core, to the premium printed and shaped surface. Most LVP is completely waterproof.

Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring styles:

Although many types of LVP flooring are on the market, three categories predominate: Laminate plank flooring, SPC plank flooring and WPC plank flooring:

  • Laminate plank flooring
    • Laminate plank flooring is a type of water-resistant luxury man-made flooring.  Laminate plank flooring has the photo realistic look of wood, like LVP, however, laminate plank flooring is water resistant, not waterproof.  Because of its high-density fiberboard core, created from recycled wood materials, laminate’s internal layers tend to expand when they get saturated with water, which can result in the floor warping.  Placed in areas of the home that are not exposed to moisture, they can have the look and feel of wood and can be an excellent choice.
  • SPC plank flooring
    • SPC is a type of waterproof luxury vinyl plank flooring.  SPC is one of the most common LVP flooring.  SPC flooring has a rigid core, typically comprised of limestone powder, PVC, and a topcoat. 
  • WPC plank flooring
    • WPC plank flooring is another type of waterproof luxury vinyl flooring that uses either wood flour, or liquid wood and hardened vinyl to create the core.  WPC (Wood Plastic Composite) is a great choice for Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring.  WPC has a softer core than SPC that makes it softer, comfortable, and warmer.  WPC plank flooring is the fastest growing segments of the flooring industry.  WPC also tends to be more flexible than SPC flooring, easier to install, and tends to be less prone to chipping. 

Taylor Carpets and Flooring

Taylor Carpets in Provo, Utah, in the heart of Utah County and in Lehi, has a wide variety of LVP flooring, including a wide variety of in-stock, ready to install laminate plank flooring from Lux Premier Flooring and other manufacturers.

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LVP Flooring is waterproof flooring, primarily divided between SPC and WPC. SPC, or Stone Plastic Composite Flooring is a rigid core product. WPC, or Wood Plastic Composite, More recently, flooring manufacturers have been using wood-like plasticizers or liquid wood flour instead of wood. Taylor Carpets is the exclusive distributor of Lux Premier Flooring.

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Quick Guide for Buying Hardwood Flooring

By Hardwood Flooring

With such a diverse selection of flooring alternatives available, selecting waterproof hardwood flooring might be a bit difficult. They are available in a variety of styles and can be adaptable in the sense that they can be used in a variety of settings.

Things to Consider While Buying Waterproof Hardwood Flooring:

1. Wood Types

There are two types of major wood flooring often sold by flooring companies – solid hardwood and waterproof engineered wood flooring/engineered wood flooring. The choice here mostly depends upon what you like or what looks better with your home, but mostly it is about the budget.

Engineered hardwood has a durable foundation that is made of tough plywood or fiberboard with a thin coating of solid wood on top of them; whereas solid hardwood is the same color regardless of whether it is oak, walnut, cherry, or maple.

2. Wood Species

The species of wood contributes to the looks and aesthetic of the floor. Whether you want a shiny surface or lustrous surface, the choice of your waterproof hardwood floors wood species will determine. Oak is a very common hardwood species – because they are highly affordable for homeowners. If you want an exotic option, you can definitely go for mahogany which is also resistant to dents or scratches.

3. Cut Pattern

Cut patterns contribute a lot to how your floor looks. There are three major cut patterns in waterproof hardwood floors – flatsawn, quarter sawn, and rift sawn. Flatsawn floors have an arrow or cathedral pattern on the surface. Quarter Sawn flooring has a less distinct grain, for which it mostly looks like a smooth surface.

Choosing rift sawn is mostly rare, not because they are not preferred but because they can be expensive. Manufacturing rift sawn produces more wood waste than other options, which is why they are expensive.

4. The Finishing

Waterproof engineered hardwood can use a good finishing too. Some of the most common finishes are wax, vinyl composite strip, or timber strip and overlay flooring. Sometimes waterproof membranes are used in wood flooring as well.

The market has a wide range of options while looking for waterproof hardwood flooring in market. If you have a flooring dealer in your city, you can ask for recommendations for your home or have your floors finished in-home by contractors.

Conclusion

With 100 years of experience in flooring services, Taylor Carpets offers some of the best waterproof engineered hardwood flooring in the country. If you are in search of a specific hardwood option that not every dealer offers, then Taylor Carpets is something you definitely should try.

We have selected the most common wood kinds and species from a diverse variety of wood types, as well as some of the most unique. Taylor Carpets provide the highest quality waterproof wood flooring services, which include installation, in-home waterproofing, and other related services. When you choose waterproof engineered hardwood from Taylor Carpets, you can customize the cut pattern and finish to your liking as well. Carpet, tiles, and a variety of other flooring alternatives are also available with us.

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What Types of Carpets are Best for Your Bedroom?

By Carpet Manufacturing

The bedroom is meant to be the coziest room out of all. You probably end your day in the bedroom and begin a fresh one there. You might have noticed interior designers taking extra care when designing your bedroom, going the extra steps to create a comfortable zone for you. 

Those who love the idea of an aesthetic home always purchase soft carpets for bedrooms, beautiful chandeliers for the hall, and silver crockery for the kitchen. Finding the right items for your home can get difficult, especially when looking for a bedroom floor carpet. But with Taylor Carpets and Flooring, you are provisioned with a variety of products and the best services. 

What are Some Popular Bedroom Carpets that People Choose for Their Home?

1. Plush Carpeting

The carpet’s fiber composition and style are considered plush. In addition to being known as texture carpeting, plush carpeting can also be referred to as twisted or cut pile. This exquisite carpet for bedroom floor look is wonderful for hiding dirt, and it also has a cozy feel. It’s the most popular choice for flooring in bedrooms, family rooms, and personal dens. Be aware that this carpet may reveal indentations from furniture or footsteps more readily than others of the same style and color.

2. Thicker Carpet Padding

Carpet padding is an important consideration when installing carpet, even if it isn’t a distinct sort of carpet. There are some cases when additional carpet padding isn’t necessary, such as in regions with many furniture. On the other hand, the bedroom is the best location for a thicker layer of carpet padding.

3. Berber Carpeting

Berber or loop carpeting is a decent quality carpet for bedrooms, despite its lack of plushness compared to texture carpets. The looped texture of Berber carpeting is because the fibers are not clipped. However, it is less plush than texture and high-pile carpeting, which is still quite soft. If you’ve got kids or pets, this is a good option because it’s sturdier and can withstand a little bit more wear and tear.

4. Pattern Carpeting

To provide the appearance of a pattern cut into the carpet, pattern carpeting utilizes both texture and loop or Berber fibers. Pattern carpeting is a wonderful alternative to texture flooring for bedrooms because it adds visual appeal and refinement to the space.

5. Higher Pile

The majority of bedroom carpets are classified as low, medium, or high piles based on the carpet fibers’ height alone, not including the carpet’s backing. It is preferable to use carpets with a lower pile in high-traffic areas. High pile carpet is the way to go if you want to add comfort and luxury to a bedroom while also reducing noise. The softness and warmth of these rugs are also unparalleled.

Conclusion:

Having the best range of bedroom floor carpets at rates that would surprise you, Taylor Carpets is where you should go. Because of the exemplary services and years of professional experience, Taylor Carpets has grown to become a popular brand among people to purchase the best bedroom carpet flooring materials. Contact Taylor Carpets now or visit one of the stores to get the best!

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How to Choose Environment-Friendly Flooring

By Hardwood Flooring

Choosing eco-friendly flooring for your next home renovation is not tough, especially if you know a few factors that make your potential new floor eco-friendly. Next time you are working on new flooring, consider these factors:

Materials

There are many eco-friendly flooring options in the market. Each flooring comes with unique features and advantages, and before selecting you need to know more about the options, in general, to ultimately choose something that is suitable for your home.

If you are looking for sustainable wood floors, some of the options in the market for you are bamboo flooring, cork flooring, waterproof engineered hardwood flooring, linoleum flooring, etc. When it comes to eco-friendly wood floors, waterproof hardwood floors are some of the best options as it offers a lot.

Waterproof hardwood flooring consists of real wood, which is designed to combine a veneer of solid hardwood and a core of plywood. Waterproof engineered wood flooring is not only durable and eco-friendly but also looks beautiful and premium. Waterproof hardwood flooring doesn’t look much different from solid hardwood yet provides high durability.

Origin

Your flooring product suppliers are from different parts of the world. While your product material may be sourced in one country, there are high chances that it is manufactured in some other country. While choosing eco-friendly hardwood floors next time, find out details about the sourcing and manufacturing of the product.

If any process of the materials has taken place overseas, your product involves a shipping process which means they are contributing to carbon emissions. If you want it to be 100% eco-friendly, then you should go for locally produced materials.

VOC Levels

VOC is the short form of Volatile Organic Compounds, which is a chemical that is produced by high industrial manufacturing. While buying your flooring, look for a product with low-VOC, which will eliminate the chemicals in your household. Not only are these not eco-friendly at all, but they can also cause harm or pose a health risk if found in high concentrations in closed rooms and cause environmental health risks.

Certificates

Wood is a renewable resource, and as such, it is a material that many organizations like to keep track of to ensure that it is gathered in a responsible manner. The work of these organizations also includes ensuring that the collection of wood does not result in deforestation. If you see the Responsible Procurement Program of the National Wood Flooring Association’s Responsible Procurement Program certificate on a product, you can buy it without having to worry about whether or not it is environmentally friendly. Similarly, find alternative organizations or types of certificates to purchase without being concerned.

Conclusion

There is never a shortage of environmentally friendly flooring solutions available on the market. Now that eco-friendly products are fashionable, they can be a little pricey on the pocketbook. However, when considering the good that one will be doing for the environment, a little additional money won’t harm at all.

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7 Tips to Choosing Carpet for a Living Room

By Carpet Manufacturing

A carpet in living room can change the vibe of the living room entirely as it not only adds warmth but also texture to it. A living room carpet can act as an instant yet effective upgrade for the room provided you have found the best carpet for the living room. But what is the best carpet? A carpet for the living room needs to be chosen based on various factors. Because that way it is possible for you to find something that not only meets your requirements but also satisfies you in the long term.

Here are some of the tips for choosing a carpet for your living room.

Material

The material determines the feels and durability of your carpet. If you come across polyester as an option, it is important to know that while polyester is resistant to stains and feels nicer, its durability is a little less compared to other counterparts.

Other options you might come across are triextra, nylon, and olefin, and nylon would be one of the most resistant and durable among them. In case, you are looking for a cheaper option, you can consider olefin.

Cleaning

Cleaning your carpets every now and then will not be possible, especially if your family is often busy. It is always better to look for materials that are low-maintenance and provide easy cleaning. Make it one of the top priorities to choose something that is not stained easily.

Durability

Many options in the market offer durability depending on the cost and material. Nylon is one of the materials that provide high durability in carpets for living rooms. It is also important to know the materials and the durability they provide before buying your carpets for rooms.

Style

Different type of carpet offers different type of vibes. Like a smooth style can provide a formal look, while a twisted one offers a casual look. Similarly, another kind of style provides vibes that are suitable for different living room types.

Softness

Not all the carpets for living rooms are equally soft, and some are designed to be softer than others which require finer fibers. A cushion beneath the carpet acts as an underpad and provides softness. This also adds to the durability of the carpet and makes it a great option for those who are looking for both softness and durability.

Colour

Colour is often considered as a determinant of the aesthetics of the room, be it the colour of the walls or the colour of the carpet. While choosing the colour of the carpet, don’t forget to consider the room where you will be using it and the lighting of the room. Bold colours might look outdated after a time, while warm colours will provide a warm ambiance.

Culture

Carpets sometimes come with a specific pattern or form that is associated with a certain region or culture. You can also find art carpets in the market if you look for them.

Conclusion

While working on living room carpet ideas, you might also want to consider people that are living in the house or your friends if they come by often. A home that welcomes every guest and offers comfort to those who live in a home that is truly a dream home.

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Why is Carpet a Great Choice for Kids?

By Carpet Manufacturing

Children leave a lot of mess around, and cleaning them is not a pretty job. So, you will want to choose easy flooring to maintain. That is why carpet for rooms is a great choice when you have toddlers around the house. 

But what type of carpets do you want for your kids? There are tons of Carpet outlet stores near me where you can go and shop for your favorite carpet. It would help if you always kept a delicate balance of comfort and durability while shopping for carpets. Carpets are an ideal flooring option for multiple reasons, and in this article, we will look at a few of them.

Splash of Color

Carpets come in a gamut of colors. So, when choosing a Carpet for the bedroom, go for vibrant colors. But always wear a practical hat and don’t do it by your child’s imagination. Choose a color that will hide tough stains and marks. You can select darker shades, but they may not complement the color of your child’s bedroom. Sometimes a neutral brown color will blend with the furnishings easily. You can also place a large rug in the center of the floor to inject a splash of color.

Carpets Minimize Hazards

When you have a child, accidents can happen at any time. You may use foam padding on table corners or desk corners, but preventing your child from hitting or falling is impossible. Carpets can be an excellent alternative to minimize those falls. Use a soft carpet for the bedroom in places where your child tends to fall the most. This is the all-time best carpet for bedrooms for children.

Resist Stains

One of the biggest concerns is stains on your carpet. Please speak to your carpet cleaner about the multiple ways to remove the stains using a reagent. Plus, a good stain-fighting agent will remove the toughest stains like juice, paint, or mud from your carpet. However, there are many Stain-resistant carpets available online today. You can easily buy these carpets for less and give your carpets a fresh shine.

Which Rooms Need Carpeting?

Some rooms work well with carpet, others not so much. So, how do you decide?

The best rooms to carpet are playrooms and bedrooms. You can also place carpets on family rooms, hallways, stairs because these are high traffic areas. Color coordinating your quality carpets and flooring might also give your rooms a more refined look.

Bedrooms probably benefit most from carpeting. That’s because they provide comfort, warmth, and quiet to the room. A nice plush carpet will help your children play without the risk of injury. 

Playrooms are where your toddler spends most of his time in the years between the cradle and school desk. So, carpet for rooms will prevent them from getting cold. Carpets in living rooms make it feel softer and more inviting. So, Carpets for living rooms should be vibrant, warm, and hospitable. Carpets also work as a sound barrier between floors by blocking sound transmission. So, carpets are a great choice for your kids. It will enhance their playtime and make those nicks, cuts, sprains, and bruises a thing of the past.