Resilient Flooring: Why I Chose LVP for Sunrise Farm

This post has been sponsored by Beautifully Responsible® Resilient Flooring, but all opinions are entirely my own.

Resilient Flooring - Why I Chose LVP for Sunrise Farm

Today I’m sharing why I chose luxury vinyl plank (LVP), a type of resilient flooring, for Sunrise Farm.

When I first shared on Instagram that we were installing LVP flooring throughout our entire home, people had questions. Wouldn’t hardwood – or even engineered hardwood – be more suitable for a cottage-style house? Didn’t I at least want tile for the bathrooms? Wouldn’t the kids’ spaces be more comfortable with carpet?

First, let’s consider the list of must-haves I had for our Sunrise Farm project:

  1. Installing new flooring for an entire house is quite the investment. So, cost-effectiveness was definitely a factor.
  2. I was very particular about the aesthetics. I wanted a specific look: Fairly light and consistent, with minimal grain variation.
  3. With this house being located on acreage, I needed flooring that could withstand water and mud being tracked in. With two kiddos 5 and under living on 5 acres of property, the potential for moisture-rich conditions is high.
  4. Because we walk around barefoot at home, I wanted the floors to feel soft and warm underfoot.
  5. We are a health-conscious family, so the flooring had to be nontoxic. That meant low-VOC, formaldehyde-free and phthalate-free.
  6. This project was a remodel rather than a new build, so we were dealing with different types of existing flooring and lots of transitions. In light of that, we wanted a fairly simple of an installation as possible that could be installed on top of previous flooring, with minimal transitions throughout the house.

Resilient Flooring - Why I Chose LVP for Sunrise Farm

With those requirements in mind, I immediately eliminated these flooring options – and for the following reasons:

  • Hardwood and engineered hardwood: These options are subject to mold and warping in moist conditions; installation is complex; the financial investment is significant.
  • Tile: This option is too cold and hard underfoot. You can install an under-floor heating system, but not only is that a bigger investment, it also doesn’t address the discomfort of walking on a hard surface.
  • Carpet: This option has adverse effects on indoor air quality; carpet also worsens symptoms in individuals with allergies (hello, that’s me!). What’s more, I’ve actually never liked the aesthetics of carpet flooring. Last but not least: Installing carpet in only certain rooms would create those less-than-ideal transitions, which I wanted to avoid.

So, I needed affordable, stylish, durable, comfortable, nontoxic, easy-to-install flooring. I needed resilient flooring.

Resilient Flooring - Why I Chose LVP for Sunrise Farm

What is resilient flooring, you ask?

Resilient flooring is a category of flooring products, just like hardwood or carpet. It gets its name from its ability to “give” under the impact of footsteps and then spring back into shape. Resilient flooring options are engineered to provide comfort, aesthetics, durability, and sustainability without the price of wood or ceramic, and without the discomfort that can come from walking on hard floors.

Some types of resilient flooring include: 1) luxury vinyl plank (LVP), 2) cork, 3) rubber, 4) luxury vinyl tile and others. Many well-known brands like Mohawk, Shaw and MSI offer resilient flooring, with lots of styles, colors and price points to choose from. Beautifully Responsible has a full list of brands offering resilient flooring.

Resilient flooring has many advantages.

According to Beautifully Responsible, some of the benefits of resilient flooring include:

  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Simple to install
  • Comfortable underfoot
  • Resilient against spills and stains
  • No chemical cleaners required
  • Mindfully manufactured
  • Less expensive than wood or stone
  • Water-resistant
  • Sound dampening
  • Promotes good indoor air quality
  • Durable and has a long lifespan

That list alone checks off all of my must-haves!

Resilient Flooring - Why I Chose LVP for Sunrise Farm

So, how do you know if the flooring you’re considering for your project is resilient?

The easiest way to find resilient flooring is to use the “Find Your Floor” search feature on Beautifully Responsible. Note that no products are sold directly through Beautifully Responsible; each flooring partner sells their own products on their respective websites, but Beautifully Responsible gives you one-stop access to various brands offering resilient flooring.

When you search for resilient flooring products, be sure to check out the Environmental Product Declaration, which will tell you the life cycle impacts of a product. For ingredient information, check out a specific product’s Health Product Declaration.

Also, look for the FloorScore® and ASSURE CERTIFIED™ labels to ensure the flooring is nontoxic and kid- and pet-safe. These certifications are awarded to flooring that meets rigorous standards for indoor air quality and non-hazardous ingredients, including VOCs, formaldehyde, and phthalates.

Resilient Flooring - Why I Chose LVP for Sunrise Farm

Whether you’re planning a future renovation, or you’re currently in the middle of a flooring project, Beautifully Responsible is your go-to source for all things resilient flooring. Follow @ResponsibleFloors on Instagram for more info and inspiration!

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4 Comments

  1. I have LVP in my basement and white oak hardwood on the main floors. The LVP is a bit “bouncier”, and definitely easier to take care of and less expensive, with a similar aesthetic from a distance. However, it does have a “texture” to the surface that my hardwood doesn’t have. Both I and and my practical, design-unconscious husband prefer the hardwood floors. Of course, that requires a significantly larger budget and more attention to moisture cleanup (we haven’t had any moisture issues, but we don’t leave puddles or mud lying around for long periods of time).

    • A time and place for everything, as they say! Lots of advantages and disadvantages to both materials, for sure, and for people who are material purists, it’s definitely hard to choose a manmade material – I totally get that!

      For us the biggest selling point of resilient flooring is moisture resistance, which you just can’t get with hardwood floors. Being located on acreage and young kids tracking dirt from the garden, sand from the playground, and water from the creek into the house all day long, it doesn’t matter how often I clean up after them, there’s always another mess seconds later. With LVP, I don’t feel the need to coddle our floors like I did when we had hardwood.

  2. The previous owners of our house did a major renovation and put in LVP floors in all except the bathrooms. It was a good selling point for me! And it’s been pretty easy to take care of.

    • Thanks for reading and sharing your experience, Peggy!

      LVP is so easy to take care of! I don’t feel the need to coddle the floors like I did when we had hardwood. We recently dragged some furniture across the floor on accident, and the “scratches” came out no problem. That would never be the case with hardwood – and I’m the obsessive type of person that tends to be bothered by those sorts of blemishes.

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