What to know about luxury vinyl flooring wear-layers

What to know about luxury vinyl flooring wear-layers

If you've searched for luxury vinyl tile and plank, you've likely heard about the wear layer. Understanding this layer and what it can do for your flooring is essential.

This layer is vital for many reasons, but most of all for protecting the image layer. Once the wear layer begins to break down, you'll see the image fade.

What is a wear layer?

The wear layer is an added protection placed right above the image layer. Above the wear layer is the protective finish.

This is the determining factor between luxury vinyl and composite vinyl. Luxury vinyl plank and tile have the added wear layer, and composite does not.

Luxury vinyl will likely help your floors last longer than ever. And you'll appreciate the beauty that seems to go on forever.

Wear layer measurements matter

If you're looking for the most durable wear layer, you'll want to opt for thicker measurements. These products are measured in mils, with thicker options offering better wear protection.

Here are some guidelines for choosing a proper flooring thickness:

  • 12-mil+ works well for regular residential areas
  • 20-mil+ is a perfect LVP thickness for high-traffic residential areas
  • 28-mil+ is best for commercial buildings and retail areas

Proper care helps extend the life of the wear layer

Caring for these floors in a way that matches your lifestyle is essential. Sweep and mop as often as necessary to keep debris off your flooring.

Try to use only warm water with pH-neutral cleaning solutions. Stay away from acidic cleaners and supplies that scratch or scrub.

We have the flooring you need

At Floor Factory Outlet, we are proud to ensure your most successful experience. Our experienced associates help you create the LVT floors you'll love for years to come.

You'll find your luxury vinyl flooring at our St. Augustine, FL showroom, so visit us today. We serve Ocala, Port Orange, and Ormond Beach residents and look forward to working with you.