Thanks to Kathy S. in Odessa for the question on Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) for resale.
So…about the LVP floors.
A floating floor, which can be carpet, laminate, engineered wood or LVP, is a good choice for a few reasons. One reason that these types of floors are great is because of the ease of changing them to something else when styles and preferences change.
One of the drawbacks of traditional hard flooring such as tile and glue down wood is that they are expensive, difficult and messy to change. Tile in particular is one that is very messy and difficult to change. It always seems like the tile selection of the moment is great and you could never foresee it going out of style, but more times than not after ten or twenty years the old tile just doesn’t fit the bill any longer. Engineered glue down wood, while it can be pretty durable and in some cases be refinished, is susceptible to damage and is even more difficult and expensive to remove than tile.
Since almost every buyer wants to make their new home their own by changing design elements, LVP makes sense. Being able to install and change them relatively easily and economically makes them a great option for immediate application and a great choice down the road for the future buyer of your home who has differing tastes and wants to change to something else.
Another great factor of LVP and even some of the new laminates is their durability. Some are even water proof, making them perfect for kitchen or bathroom use. LVP also has a very durable wear layer and can withstand some pretty hefty abuse.
Floating floors are also ergonomic, especially in the kitchen where standing a lot can be strenuous on the feet and legs. Tile or wood that is glued or nailed down leave practically no flex in the floor. That makes for some unhappy feet and legs when working for long hours in a holiday kitchen.
So as a Realtor, when I come across homes with these types of floors I can not only speak to the value they add from a durability standpoint but also the flexibility they present because of the relative ease of removal and replacement.