All About EVP Flooring

Almost everyone loves the look of hardwood floors and stone flooring. As the leading hardwood floor installation company in Charlotte, Fabricio Hardwood Floors is well positioned to confirm that fact (see some of our work) However the upkeep and the cost of this type of flooring are prohibitive for some consumers. 

With the advancement of technology and the high demand for new and improved remodeling products, new flooring products are always entering the market to rival hardwood floors and stone flooring, giving consumers more options without sacrificing aesthetics.  

EVP or Engineered Vinyl Flooring was introduced around 2010 and has gained momentum as a great flooring product at an attractive price point. For synthetic flooring material to compete with hardwood floors, it must look like hardwood floors, feel like hardwood floors, require less maintenance and cost less than hardwood floors. 

It’s a strong challenge, but EVP is definitely getting close to being the perfect flooring.  This type of flooring is durable, versatile and affordable compared to hardwood floors and is a sound choice for both residential and commercial use. If you live in or near Charlotte, Fabricio Hardwood Floors sells and installs EVP flooring in both homes and businesses and would be happy to provide you with a free quote. 

What is EVP flooring?

Engineered Vinyl Plank (EVP) is a type of synthetic flooring made to look hardwood floors, stone or tile. It is constructed of several layers that are designed to improve the durability, look and performance of the planks. The four layers of EVP include:

Wear Layer: the wear layer is a transparent layer atop the EVP designed to protect the flooring from wear and tear including scratches, stains, and UV damage. This layer is essential for maintaining the flooring’s appearance over time.

Printed Design Layer: The printed design layer is where the look of the EVP comes from. It is a high-definition printed layer that replicates the look of the intended natural material, wood, stone or tile.

Core Layer: The core layer is the heart of EVP flooring. It is made of a high-density fiberboard (HDF) or stone-plastic composite (SPC), which provides stability, strength, and water resistance to the flooring.

Underlayment Layer: Just as with LVP, some EVP flooring come with an integrated underlayment, which provides additional cushioning, sound insulation, and moisture resistance.

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Main benefits of EVP flooring?

When choosing flooring for your home or business, it’s important to weigh the pros and the cons of different materials. With EVP flooring, there are no negative to speak of. It’s a high-performance, beautiful looking flooring material that delivers several benefits. 

Water resistance: Because EVP is water resistant, it can be installed in virtually any room such as bathrooms, kitchens and even basements. You don’t have to worry about moisture and air temperature like you would with wood flooring and it can therefore be installed throughout your entire home to create a harmonious and unified look. 

Easy maintenance: Cleaning EVP flooring is easy compared to other flooring materials like wood, stone and tile. Regular sweeping and mopping will keep your floors looking beautiful.

Durability: EVP flooring is tough. It is ideal for spaces with heavy foot traffic like kitchens. Its toughness comes from the top wear layer that protects against scratches, stains and fading. 

Cost: EVP flooring cost less than hardwood floors and stone flooring per square foot without sacrificing aesthetics. It is relatively affordable. If you live in or near Charlotte, Fabricio Hardwood Floors can provide you with a free estimate to install EVP flooring in your home or business.

Versatility: EVP has been around for over a decade. It is a popular and proven flooring product that is available in a large selection of styles, patterns and colors from several manufacturers. With so many EVP flooring options, it is easy to find the right flooring for your home or business.

Flooring application for EVP

EVP flooring versatility and durability make this flooring material suitable for various applications including:

Residential Spaces: This flooring is an excellent choice for living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, and bathrooms in homes. Its durability and water resistance make it family-friendly and pet-friendly.

Commercial Spaces: From retail stores to offices, EVP flooring is a great choice because of its durability and ease of maintenance. It can withstand high foot traffic and still look great.

Healthcare Facilities: The water-resistant properties of EVP flooring make it an ideal choice for hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities where cleanliness and hygiene are paramount.

Hospitality Industry: This flooring is a great choice for hotels, restaurants and hospitality businesses because the flooring material is able to mimic the look of luxurious hardwood or stone without the upkeep and cost.

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Engineered Vinyl Plank flooring has become a game-changer in the world of flooring solutions. Its construction, benefits, and wide-ranging applications have made it a popular choice for both residential and commercial spaces. With its durability, water resistance, ease of maintenance, and cost-effectiveness, EVP flooring is set to continue its rise in popularity as a versatile and attractive flooring option for the modern world. 

As technology continues to advance, EVP flooring may further evolve, offering even more innovative solutions to meet the diverse needs of consumers and businesses alike. If you live in the Charlotte area and would like to receive a free estimate to install EVP flooring in your home or business, call Fabricio Hardwood Floors today at (704) 774-7882 or click below to request a quote.

Differences between EVP and LVP

Engineered Vinyl Planks (EVP) and Luxury Vinyl Planks (LVP) are very similar and are both great flooring materials. However, the key difference between the two lies in what the core layer is made of which affects thickness of the plank, stability and installation methods.

Core Composition: EVP flooring features a core that is made of a combination of wood fiber, PVC, and other materials. This engineered core adds additional stability and thickness to the flooring . EVP tends to be thicker than LVP, often ranging from 5mm to 8mm or more. LVP’s core is made of PVC and planks thickness usually range from 2mm to 5mm.

Stability: Due to its thicker and more rigid core, EVP flooring is generally more stable and less susceptible to subfloor imperfections. It can be a suitable choice for uneven subfloors, more so than LVP flooring.

Installation: EVP flooring is installed using an interlocking system, similar to laminate flooring and wood floors. This makes EVP flooring easier to install. On the other hand, LVP flooring is typically available in both glue-down and click-and-lock installation options. The thinner, more flexible nature of LVP can make it easier to work with in some cases.

If you are in the market for EVP flooring and live in or near Charlotte, call Fabricio Hardwood Floors to request a free quote at (704) 774-7882.

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