Is Click Vinyl Flooring the Same as LVP?

cassabella laminate flooring living room-minLuxury vinyl flooring comes in planks or tiles, referred to as luxury vinyl plank (LVP) or luxury vinyl tile (LVT).  Vinyl is a synthetically manufacturing flooring product which is available in products which install with glued down methods, loose fit versions or interlocking, click into place installations.  Laminate flooring planks are also available with click into place, interlocking planks although the material of flooring varies from laminate to luxury vinyl.

LVP is a very popular choice for flooring, providing many benefits for flooring installations in nearly any environment or room.  LVP is manufactured with advanced technologies available today, providing planks that look so much like real hardwood it’s very difficult to tell the difference. Both LVP and LVT provide many benefits to consumers in commercial and residential flooring installations.

Benefits of LVP Click Vinyl Flooring

There are many benefits of modern LVP click into place, vinyl flooring which provide added value to consumers.

Appearance and Style – LVP provides a beautifully elegant, high end flooring appearance in a wide selection of styles.  LVP comes in varying colors and shades, with even specific wood species looks available such as Oak, Walnut or Cherry.

Durability – LVP is made with layers of high quality materials which provide resilience with a little more give than real hardwood, alleviating leg strain and pain when standing for extended periods.  These well designed layers may also provide water resistance. The decorative printed layer provides a wide selection in color and design, with a top urethane layer protecting your floor from scratches and dents.

Affordability – LVP is more affordable than real hardwood or stone, and with easy click into place installations, it’s also easier and more affordable to install.

Simple maintenance – LVP flooring offers many benefits including worry free maintenance. Real hardwood requires vigilant upkeep to prevent scratches and stains, buffing and reapplying a polyurethane coating.  LVP offers durable flooring which maintains its beautiful look with simple cleaning and maintenance.

If you’re looking for beautiful yet durable flooring, which resembles high end hardwood but is more affordable and easier to maintain, then LVP may be the right choice for you.


Great Western Flooring Offers LVP Click Vinyl Flooring


Great Western Flooring is a leading flooring and tile company serving the Chicago area for over 35 years.  We offer free design consultations and a wide selection of flooring and tile materials, manufactured from the best known names in flooring products.  We provide experienced and professional installations to realize the most value from your investment.


Great Western Flooring offers quality products, professional installation and free design consultations.  We help to improve the look, feel and value of your flooring installation with a wide selection of quality products.  Contact us today to learn more about click into place LVP flooring and how to realize the most value for your flooring installation.


How is Laminate Flooring Made?

ivcus laminate flooring Alaskan Pine-minThere have been significant advancements in flooring manufacturing technology, with the best names in flooring manufacturers embracing new methods to produce high quality flooring with outstanding performance. Laminate flooring is made to realistically replicate real hardwood or stone tile, with quality materials which provide improved performance.  Laminate can be manufactured to offer spill proof and water resistance properties, although typically not completely waterproof like some materials such as wood plastic composite flooring (WPC).

With advanced manufacturing methods and quality materials, however, laminate flooring can be installed in nearly any room.

Laminate Flooring is Made to Look Like Real Wood with Less Upkeep

Laminate is available in a wide selection of real wood replicas, including Hickory, Chestnut, Elm, cherry, Acacia, Maple, Pine, Oak, Walnut and many others. If you desire the look of real hardwood or stone tile, but don’t want the expense, difficult installation, and time consuming upkeep required to prevent scratches and dents, then laminate flooring might be the best choice for you. Enjoy the stylish beauty of the real wood look with the added protection and durability of laminate flooring.

Laminate flooring material is available in all these various styles in nearly any shade or color imaginable, including light, gray, medium and dark tones.  Choices in the finish are also available such as traditional hardwood looks, distressed wood and hand scraped, for example.  The lighter, gray tones provide and airy, open feeling while medium wood tones accentuate furnishings and home décor.  Darker tones may work well in foyers, entryways and hallways, with a classy and elegant tone.

Great Western Flooring Offers High Quality Laminate Flooring

Great Western Flooring offers laminate flooring made from the best names in flooring manufacturing, such as Shaw and Mohawk.  We are familiar with the varying types of laminate flooring and offer free design consultations to help you decide which type and style would work best in your installation.  For more information on what to expect with quality manufactured laminate flooring, let the flooring experts at Great Western help you evaluate your options to make the best purchasing decision which adds the greatest value to your home or office.

Great Western Flooring Company is recognized as a leader in tile and flooring installations, pleasing commercial and residential customers for over 35 years.  We offer experienced design and flooring technicians in all types of tile and flooring installations.  Contact us today to learn more about our high quality products and service, and for answers to all your questions regarding laminate flooring.


What is Considered Resilient Flooring?

shaw repel laminate flooring-minResilient flooring is simply that, flooring which provides some resiliency, or a little bounce back effect combined with firmness.  Resilient flooring is not as firm as real hardwood or stone and is not soft like carpet but provides more of a middle ground with firm, durable flooring combined with a subtle cushioned feeling.  Resilient flooring can be strong, sturdy and even more durable than hardwood, yet you’ll notice the difference if you stand on your feet all day.  You’ll notice less leg pain, tiredness, leg cramps and fatigue which can occur when standing on those firmer surfaces for extended periods of time.

Comfortable, Durable and Resilient Flooring

Technological advances utilized by flooring manufacturers today have created resilient flooring which withstands heavy traffic in durable, yet comfortable flooring surfaces. Manufactured flooring is available which provides such a realistic looking replica of real hardwood or stone it’s nearly impossible to tell the difference. The biggest differences come from how resilient flooring holds up to heavy use, provides anti-microbial surfaces, water resistance, easy installation and simple, care-free maintenance.

Vinyl is a common material used in resilient flooring and can be installed in any room, making it a popular alternative to laminates and even carpeting.  Vinyl flooring’s water resistance allows for installation in places where real wood or laminates wouldn’t be idea.  Resilient flooring is found in vinyl, luxury vinyl tile or planks, laminates, and wood plastic composite (WPC) flooring.

Roll and sheet vinyl come in either 6’ or 12’ widths with a wide selection of designs applied during specialty printing and is an affordable option in many installations. Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and luxury vinyl plank (LVP) are also very popular choices when people want resilient, high quality flooring with realistic looks of real stone or wood.  LVT and LVP look just like the real thing although they provide added durability with scratch and stain resistance, water resistance, simple installation, easy maintenance and affordability.

Great Western Flooring Offers Resilient Flooring

Great Western Flooring offers a wide selection of all resilient flooring materials, including

We have more than 35 years in business pleasing customers in and around the Chicago area.  We offer one of the widest selections of carpet, flooring and tile with experienced design specialists available to answer all your questions.

Great Western Flooring offers more than 35 years in business pleasing customers with high quality, affordable flooring and tile products combined with professional installation.  We are experienced with installations of all materials and work with only the best known names in flooring manufacturers.  Contact us today to learn more about our wide selection of resilient flooring.

Comparing Laminate Flooring Manufacturers

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When shopping for laminate flooring products, it is always best to do your homework and compare at least a few products from different manufacturers. There are a few important areas of evaluation and things you should consider to help you determine which manufacturer will offer the best value. Some of the most important considerations are design and color, warranty, ease of installation, materials used, service and support, price and reliability of the brand chosen.
Design and Color
Trusted manufacturers of laminate flooring will have many options when it comes to wood species design, finishes and stains. Be sure that you have a wide selection when it comes to choosing the floor of your dreams.
Manufacturer Warranty
Make sure that you evaluate each manufacturer’s warranty and conditions that cause it to be invalid. Reputable flooring manufacturers will often provide warranties of 20 years or more compared to some companies that may offer only a 5 year warranty. It definitely pays to know this information before making your choice.
Ease of Installation
Most laminate flooring should be easy enough to install for contractors and even the do-it-yourself homeowner. If you plan to install laminate flooring yourself, be sure that you clearly understand all directions and that all materials are included with additional material requirements included in your cost analysis.
Materials Used
Not all flooring products are made the same, and quality products will become easy to spot once you get a little familiar with knowing what to look for. Some companies apply added layers of coatings or offer additional options to suit specific environments.
Company Review and Reliability
See what others are saying about the flooring manufacturers you investigate, read their reviews and talk with other flooring professionals. See how they handle customer concerns, problems or warranty issues.
Price should not be the driving factor in your decision, as you just might get what you pay for. You don’t want to spend the time and money investing in a new floor to have to turn around and replace it in a few years. Your flooring must be affordable, however, and you should be able to find quality flooring that fits your budget with a little time invested.
Great Western Flooring Offers Assistance in Comparing Laminate Flooring
Speaking with a flooring specialist like Great Western Flooring will provide you with many benefits in your comparisons. We offer quality made products from reputable flooring manufacturers, with a wide variety of floor types, designs, colors and shades. We can help you to compare manufacturers to find the floor of your dreams, that meets your requirements and fits your budget. Stop by one of our conveniently located design centers in Naperville, Oswego or St. Charles for a free design consultation and to learn more about your many options with laminate flooring.
Great Western Flooring has over 35 years of experience pleasing customers in and around the Chicago area. We offer quality made products from the most respected names in flooring manufacturers. Contact us today to learn more about our wide selection of flooring and how to evaluate various manufacturers to fit your flooring needs.

Installing Shaw Laminate Floor Moldings

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Shaw laminate flooring gives the option to add the perfect finishing touch with coordinating moldings which add style and flair. Moldings are available in many colors and styles in either 7” or 10” lengths. Shaw provides a full line of trim pieces in either Threshold,T-molding, End mold and many other transition pieces that can be secured in place with a molding track which can be adhered to the subfloor to minimize using screws.

You must be sure to pre-drill holes in molding when using nails so the trim will not split. Use a miter saw when cutting trim with a carbide tipped blade to make nice finished cuts. Be careful to avoid nailing down at an angle to not attach wall base to the floor, this would prevent proper expansion.
Threshold molding is a good choice when transitioning from laminate floor to carpet, or when meeting up with vertical objects such as bathtubs, sliding glass doors or exterior doors. Always leave a 1” space between the floor and the vertical object.
T-Molding is the transition piece of choice when two level floor surfaces meet such as in an archway or doorway. Install the molding track first then push the T-molding in the track working it from right to left.
Quarter round is used to finish a perimeter of a room where seasonal expansion space was left for the floor to contract and expand. Remember when nailing moldings into the wall, never nail them to the floor.
Stairnose moldings are used to finish stair risers and treads, to provide a polished and finished staircase.
Great Western Flooring Offers Shaw Laminate Floor Moldings
If not sure how to install your Shaw laminate floor moldings, call on the flooring specialists at Great Western Flooring. We offer quality made products from the leading flooring manufacturers such as Shaw, offering a wide selection in color, shade and wood grain look. With coordinated Shaw laminate floor moldings, your room will stand out and look polished and finished.

We provide expert installation from experienced flooring technicians, and free design consultations from any of our convenient locations in Naperville, Oswego or St. Charles.
Great Western Flooring is a leading flooring and tile company pleasing customers in and around the Chicago area. We provide quality flooring products and accessories as well as professional installation. Contact us today for all your flooring and tile needs and to learn more about Shaw laminate floor moldings.

Installing Laminate Wood Flooring is Easy with Preparation

mannington laminate flooring Chestnut Hill-minInstalling laminate wood flooring provides the same natural beauty as hardwood, although is easier to install and offers additional benefits like scratch and stain resistance. Plastic composite planks come completely assembled with a polyethylene foam pad on the bottom, for a secure glueless installation with planks that snap into place. If you plan to DIY with installing laminate wood flooring, you’ll need to prepare for a successful installation.

Tools Needed for Installing Laminate Wood Flooring

You’ll need to prepare for your laminate wood flooring installation with the proper tools which include the following:

  • Handsaw or table saw
  • Hammer
  • Pry bar
  • Pull bar
  • Tapping block
  • Spacing blocks
  • Tape Measure
  • Utility knife
  • Pencil

You’ll also need the proper materials which include:

  • Laminate flooring
  • Underlayment
  • Shoe molding
  • Finishing nails

Once you have all of your tools and materials, you’re ready to begin.

Follow These Simple Steps to Install Laminate Wood Flooring

1) Acclimate the flooring. Flooring should lay flat in the room intended for installation at least 48 hours prior to installing which allows it to contract or expand and acclimate to the room’s temperature. This is important to prevent buckling after installing.
2) Remove the baseboard. Use the pry bar to remove baseboard from the wall and set aside to reinstall after your floor installation. Installing floating laminate planks should be done on a smooth, hard surface such as vinyl or the subfloor. If installing over the subfloor, make sure to remove all debris, nails, staples before rolling out the underlayment. Installing a foam underlayment makes the floor more resilient and helps to deaden sound.
3) Plan your layout. Plan to lay your planks lengthwise with the longest wall, avoiding a narrow strip at the focal point wall, with planks in the last row measuring at least two inches wide. Leave a ¼” gap against each wall to allow for expansion. *If the last row would measure under two inches, add the width to the width of a plank, divide by two and cut the first and law row planks to this width.
4) Cut your first row of planks. Cut with the finished side down when using a power saw, or with the finished side up when using a handsaw, keeping your planks secure with clamps when cutting. Wedge the spacers between the wall and planks to leave the ¼” gap against the wall.
5) Install your first row of planks. Install your first row with the tongue side facing the wall, or cut the tongue edge off as recommended by the manufacturer. Lay each plank next to the other connecting the tongue and grooves. Make sure the planks fit snugly together with the pull bar, hammer and tapping block if necessary, cutting the last plank to fit.
6) Install all rows of flooring. As you lay the next row, stagger the seams at least 12 inches from the adjoining rows. Keep any scrap you cut off at the end of rows if they are longer than 12 inches, and you can often use them again when starting new rows. Gently pry your planks into place at an angle for a tight fit and be sure leave the ¼” expansion gap at the wall.
7) Cut around door casings. Use the jamb saw to cut the door casing above the height of the floor, rather than cutting the planks around the door casing.
8) Reinstall trim. Reinstall your baseboard with a hammer and finishing nails once your planks are in place.
Now that you are finished with successfully installing laminate wood flooring, you can sit back, relax and enjoy your beautiful new floor. If this seems like too much work, call on the flooring experts at Great Western Flooring. We offer wood laminate flooring in all types, shades and wood grains from the best flooring manufacturers. We provide experienced installation for a beautiful floor that will last for many years.
Great Western Flooring is a leading floor and tile company offering quality flooring products. We offer complimentary design consultations and professional installation. Contact us to learn more about our full line of flooring products and for any questions you may have with installing wood laminate flooring.

Find the Best Vinyl Tile that Looks like Wood

There are many options when choosing flooring products today, with a very popular choice being vinyl tile that looks like wood.  Vinyl flooring today is manufactured to look like a natural replica of real stone tiles or natural hardwood, in an endless array of colors, styles and texture.  Vinyl tile offers the beauty of natural wood with a softer underlayment, making it much more comfortable when standing for any period of time.  Vinyl provides comfort and warmth, making it desirable over stone in some environments where the floor is cold in cooler months.

With the many options of style, texture and color, vinyl tile that looks like wood is a great way to get the most bang for your buck with a spectacular looking floor at a great value.  Vinyl tile flooring provides many benefits with simple DIY installation making it easy to create your own unique design.

Great Western Flooring Offers Vinyl Tile that Looks like Wood

Great Western Flooring Company offers one of the widest selections of flooring products from the best names among flooring manufacturers.  Not all vinyl tile products are manufactured the same and it is important to know the difference.  LVT is manufactured in varying thicknesses of the durable wear layer and with varying textures in the top layer, all contributing to a quality made final product that stands up to the test of time.

Luxury vinyl tile and planks offers long lasting beauty and durability, with scratch and stain resistant products requiring very little maintenance. Great Western offers quality made LVT from manufacturers such as Shaw and Armstrong, providing high performance floors at an affordable price.  We provide complimentary design consultations from one of our conveniently located flooring design centers in Naperville, Oswego and St. Charles.

Great Western Flooring has over 35 years of experience pleasing customers in and around the Chicago area with quality made flooring products and professional installation from experienced flooring technicians.  Contact us today or stop by a design center for a complimentary consultation and to see our wide selection of LVT and LVP including vinyl tile that looks like wood.