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One of the most asked questions I get about our home is ‘what flooring is that?’, so I wanted to share a little more about the LVP flooring in our home.
Almost all of the flooring in our entire home is LVP, or Luxury Vinyl Plank. We chose Paradigm Conquest in the color Citadel and love it! When I tell people we decided to use LVP, their next question is usually why LVP instead of hardwood or engineered hardwood. After doing a little research engineered flooring was out for us mainly because it wasn’t that much cheaper than doing real hardwoods and you can’t refinish them like you can the real thing. We had real hardwood floors in our last home and the kids destroyed them pushing trucks and laundry baskets up and down the hall. Albeit, they could have been refinished back to their original glory for a hefty price. We needed something super durable and the rep at our local flooring supplier mentioned LVP so I started researching. LVP is basically life proof, no joking. It’s super dent and scratch resistant, so it’s great with kids and pets (like your big dog with big claws), its waterproof, no need to worry in kitchens, bathrooms, or laundry rooms and comes in so many options you’ll surely find the color and plank width and length you’re looking for.
We chose Paradigm for a few reasons. I wanted something that had the same tones as white oak- not too light, not too dark, not too warm or too cool. I also wanted a plank that was longer and wider so the floor flowed and didn’t feel too choppy. And finally we needed an option that had a pretty stair nosing that wasn’t a dead giveaway that it was LVP and not hardwood. Paradigm checked all the boxes for us.
With the holy grail of all cleaning gadgets. Legit my favorite purchase of 2021. It does’t have steam so it’s safe for LVP. I don’t use their cleaning solution either, instead I use 2 capfuls of this and fill the tank with water which lasts me 2 cleanings.
For this season in our life, absolutely no regrets! I love how durable these floors are. They have held up to our kids and pets without a single issue. We even had a huge water leak right after install. That being said, if we didn’t have kids or pets I do prefer real hardwoods to LVP. It just wasn’t the right choice for our family right now… empty nester house maybe!
We’re having a custom transition made out of white oak which is still in the works. Not exactly sure what it looks like yet. Our LVP and the kid’s bedroom carpet matched up perfectly so no transitions there. If you plan ahead on your subfloor I have seen ramps that span out a little ways away from the doorway that you can lay your LVP on top of. I didn’t learn about this until after install unfortunately. I’ve also seen really pretty brass or marble transitions.
9″ wide x 72″ long. Love how big they are! It keeps the room from feeling too choppy. I prefer longer planks to wider, but we have the best of both with ours!
We ordered locally through ProSource.
Ziegler’s Craft Flooring installed our LVP and they did a great job! They were in and out in a day and a half, were super nice and cleaned up the place before the left. If you’re local check them out!
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