Benefits of Multilayer Flooring
While hardwood floors are traditionally thought of as the ‘holy grail’ of flooring, there are many benefits to having other types of flooring that may supercede the pitfalls of those same floors. Multilayer flooring (MLF) is taking the design and flooring world by storm because of its benefits and features, but first it’s important to understand exactly what MLF is.
Multilayer flooring has gone by many names in the past—including rigid core, composite core, and enhanced vinyl plank—but it’s not the same as it once was. It has evolved into a whole new flooring category of hard-surface flooring. In short, MLF is stronger and more durable than its luxury vinyl tiles ancestors, and it is made up of several layers of materials: a cork, a HPC core, a backing layer, a printed layer, a transparent wear layer, and a PU coating. The end result is a product that keeps its form better than luxury vinyl tile and covers blemishes in the existing subflooring better.
Now that you know what it is, the benefits should be pretty clear; it’s rigid, waterproof, easy to install, durable, and versatile.
We have all seen the floors that have warped with time, and when those floors include vinyl tile, the gaps are always noticeable. It’s not that the floor hasn’t been taken care of, it’s just that the home’s environment was a little more humid than the optimal setting. Multilayer flooring helps to eliminate the warping of floors when the seasons change by providing a snug structured overlay to the subfloors. The rigidity also helps cover blemishes and irregularities in your subfloor.
One of the biggest benefits of multilayer flooring is that they are waterproof. Hardwoods can be severely damaged if they get wet for any period of time, let alone the effect of humidity on them. LVT, while water resistant, can also be damaged if there is any flooding. Besides tile, MLF is quickly becoming the favorite flooring for any and all rooms that can be subjected to occasional prolonged moisture, including bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens!
Ease of Installation
In short, there is little to no preparation of the subflooring before multilayer flooring is laid down. This means that time and cost are virtually cut in half. Most MLF brands are click and lock, which makes installation as easy as 1-2-3!
Besides being waterproof, multilayer flooring is great for high traffic areas of your home. The multilayer design absorbs normal wear and tear, and it is even being used in the hospitality industry—a true testament to its durability!
Now that you’ve taken a look at all of the other benefits, it’s clear to see that MLF is good for virtually any room in your home or business. It will withstand the test of time both in the physical sense and the fashion sense. The possibilities are endless!
If you’re looking for multi-layer flooring, stop in at Satolli Carpet & Floor Covering to see our fantastics styles, savings, and selections!