Tuesday, August 14, 2018

How is WPC Different from LVT?

WPC, or wood plastic composite, is a form of luxury vinyl tile, LVT, but not all LVT is WPC. Lots of acronyms to say that WPC is a specialty product type of luxury vinyl tile, offering additional benefits such as water-resistant material. Luxury vinyl tile typically includes multiple layers consisting of a thick durable underlayment, a tough wear layer, image layer displaying realistic looks of wood or stone and a textured surface.  Not all LVT is manufactured the same, however, and there is quite a difference between quality made LVT or LVP (luxury vinyl planks) and poorly made material.

WPC is often times referred to as waterproof core, which is one of the main benefits of WPC flooring.  This quality makes WPC quite desirable for homeowners looking to install a new floor in rooms which may be exposed to moisture such as kitchens, bathrooms, mud rooms and basements.  It’s the waterproof core that makes WPC flooring such a stable product, which means it will not contract or expand when exposed to climate or humidity changes.

WPC is a popular choice for any room in the house and also in commercial properties.  When comparing WPC vs LVT, consider the temperature and climate of the room in question, and also the wear and tear it will take.  Both WPC and LVT are quite durable in either residential or commercial applications, offering much bang for your buck with long lasting, resilient flooring that keeps on performing year after year.  

Both WPC and LVT offer a durable floor requiring low maintenance.  With the modern technology used by floor manufacturers today, it is difficult to tell the difference between natural hardwood and luxury vinyl tile.  LVT and WPC flooring will not succumb to scratches and stains like hardwood, and is much easier to maintain.  

Great Western Flooring Offers Wide Selections of WPC and LVT

Great Western Flooring is a leading flooring and tile company offering a wide selection of WPC and LVT flooring from the best names in the business.  We have over 35 years of experience in pleasing customers with quality products and professional installation.  Stop by one of our conveniently located design centers in Naperville, Oswego or St. Charles to speak with a flooring specialist for a complimentary design consultation.

Great Western Flooring offers complimentary design consultations from experienced flooring specialists. We offer quality products from trusted names in flooring manufacturers with professional installation.  Contact us today to learn more about our wide selection of flooring products and for answers to all your questions on how WPC is different from LVT.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Where to Find the Best Premium Luxury Vinyl Tile

While some vinyl flooring products may look the same, the difference between poor flooring products and premium luxury vinyl tile become evident upon close examination and especially after installation.  A premium vinyl tile product will have a high quality look up close and the durability and thickness of the wear layer is evident upon standing on the floor.  Don’t leave your new floor installation to chance, be sure to find the best premium luxury vinyl tile available to extend the value of your home improvement.

If wondering where to find the best luxury vinyl tile products and which manufacturers offer the style and features you’re looking for, read on to learn more about the many options from the best names in flooring manufacturers.


Shaw is known for excellence in flooring products and their line of luxury vinyl tile does not disappoint.  With several choices including Premio, Easy Street, Classico, Navigator and Aviator, Shaw offers 7 different lines of vinyl plank with 13 species and color variations.  Shaw’s line of premium luxury vinyl tile encompasses the whole gamut of luxury vinyl plank, (LVP), from thick, thicker and premium selections at 6.5 mm for exceptional durability.  With the quality we have come to expect from Shaw, even the middle of the road products offer an excellent flooring choice.


Armstrong offers an LVP line called Luxe Plank in variations of favorited wood species replicas such as Oak, Walnut and Maple.  The top of the line  LVP Luxe Plank line from Armstrong offers thickness at 4 mm which is a nice durable, middle of the road choice suitable in many applications. 


Mannington offers including entry-level Adura and the premium line, Distinctive Plank. The Adura line is cost effective at 4mm thickness and comes in the basic wood species such as Maple and Oak.  The Distinctive line offers additional color options in soothing, darker tones with a more complex and realistic embossing, although comes in the same 4mm thickness as the Adura.


Karndean is name well known in the UK for quality flooring products and offers a line of premium luxury vinyl tile with realistic wood looks and easy installation.  Karndean includes the Art Select brand of LVP, which provides a natural wood-parquet look in various hews and classic looks.  The Art Select brand comes in 4.5mm thickness with 20 mils of wear layer.

Great Western Flooring Offers Premium Luxury Vinyl Tile

Great Western Flooring Company is a leading flooring and tile company with more than 35 years of experience in pleasing customers in and around the Chicago area.  We offer the premium luxury vinyl tile from the most well known brands in the industry ensuring quality product at a the best available cost.  Stop by one of our conveniently located design centers in Naperville, Oswego or St. Charles for a complimentary design consultation from an experienced flooring specialist.

Great Western Flooring is a leading floor and tile company offering quality flooring products from experienced flooring specialists.  We offer complimentary design consultations and professional installation.  Contact us to learn more about our full line of flooring products including a wide selection of premium luxury vinyl tile.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Cleaning Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring Tips

Luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring provides many benefits to consumers including beauty, comfort and durability.  Even durable vinyl flooring needs proper care and cleaning to maintain it’s initial luxurious look.  Here are some tips to cleaning your luxury vinyl flooring:

Initial Vinyl Plank Flooring Care within 24 hours of installation
  • Avoid stepping on the seam if the floor has been seamed to allow it to completely dry undisturbed
  • Keep foot traffic very light during the first 24 hours after installation to allow any adhesive to thoroughly dry
  • Always protect the floor with wood or hardboard runways when moving furniture and appliances across the floor
  • Wait at least three days before washing or scrubbing the floor, you can spot clean with care to avoid the seams
Routine Daily and Weekly Cleaning of Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring
  • Wipe up spills promptly to prevent stains
  • Sweep regularly to remove loose dirt
  • Mop occasionally with a recommended vinyl floor cleaning product, avoid soap and detergent products which will cause a dull film to develop.  Rinsing is typically not required but may leave a higher shine
  • LVP floors are typically low-gloss, a mop-n-shine product or polish can make the finish shiny
  • Several applications of polish may require an occasional stripping.  Manufacturer cleaner and stripper products are available to restore LVP floors to a luxurious luster.
  • Use caution when cleaning as resilient floor are slippery when wet
Simple Guidelines to Protect Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring
  • Always use a doormat outside of each entrance door to prevent tracking in dirt and other substances
  • Keep your blinds or curtains closed during times of high sun exposure as excessive sunlight and heat will cause furniture, carpet and even resilient floors to fade over time
  • Furniture and appliances should be supported with non-staining floor protectors.
  • Always use strips of wood or hardboard runways when moving heavy furniture and appliances across the floor, even if using a dolly or if the appliance has wheels
Contact Great Western Flooring for more information on cleaning luxury vinyl plank flooring and for all your floor care needs.  We offer complimentary design consultations, high-quality floor products and professional installation.  Contact us today to speak with a floor care professional.

Monday, July 9, 2018

What is WPC Flooring?

WPC stands for wood plastic composite and is a type of luxury vinyl flooring enhanced with a waterproof core.  WPC is known for this most desirable quality of moisture and water resistance, becoming quite popular in residential and commercial spaces alike.  WPC provides the look of real hardwood with less maintenance and added durability.  WPC is revolutionizing the way we think of vinyl flooring, providing timeless beauty at an affordable cost.

WPC Flooring is Constructed in Layers

WPC flooring products are constructed in layers with an extruded core made up of synthetic plastic mixed with recycled wood to produce waterproof planks.  A PVC veneer provides added durability and water resistance that will not swell or warp from exposure to water.  Layers in WPC flooring consist of:

    • Core underlayment which provides insulation, absorbs imperfections in the subfloor, and resistance to mold and mildew.  
    • A waterproof core that will not contract or expand
    • Top layer of luxury vinyl which provides resilience with resistance to chips and dents
    • Top wear layer which is easy to clean and offers resistance to stains from normal or excessive wear and tear

WPC is beautiful and comfortable, making it a smart investment that brings valuable benefits to your office or home for many years.

WPC Flooring Provides Many Benefits
There are many benefits provided by WPC flooring, whether installed in your home or office.  Some of the most desirable benefits include:
    • 100% waterproof core make it ideal in many rooms of the house including kitchens, bathrooms and mudrooms or any room exposed to moisture
    • Multiple layers which provide cushion and comfort which is easier on the joints when compared to stone or hardwood
    • Realistic replica of real stone or hard wood make it hard to tell the difference between real hardwood or WPC flooring
    • Simple maintenance with quick mopping or vacuuming keeps your floors beautiful and clean
    • Less expensive that real hardwood with easier installation

WPC flooring provides these and many other valuable benefits when purchasing quality materials with a proper installation.  Great Western Flooring offers quality products with professional installation.

Great Western Flooring offers a wide selection of flooring products, including various types of carpet, vinyl floors, luxury vinyl flooring and WPC flooring to name just a few.  We offer complimentary design consultations and three conveniently located design centers in Naperville, Oswego and St. Charles.  Contact us today to learn more about your flooring options and WPC flooring.  

Monday, July 2, 2018

Luxury Vinyl Flooring Prices

Luxury vinyl flooring is a very popular type of flooring product which provides beauty, durability and comfort – all at an affordable price.  Luxury vinyl flooring comes in either planks or tiles, with planks providing a replica of hardwood and tiles that imitate ceramic or stone tile so convincingly that it’s difficult to tell the difference.  Luxury vinyl planks (LVP) and luxury vinyl tile (LVT) may cost a bit more than traditional vinyl or laminate flooring but are much more affordable than real hard wood or stone flooring and are just as beautiful.  

Luxury vinyl flooring in fact, can be even more comfortable that real wood or stone, as it is constructed in layers to provide comfort and durability.  Standing on a hard wood or stone floor all day can wreak havoc on your knees and joints, as opposed to LVT or LVP floors which have some cushion built in for added comfort.  Real wood or stone requires specific maintenance to keep their beautiful look, while luxury vinyl flooring is easy to maintain with simple regular cleanings.  Luxury vinyl flooring can be more resistant to scratches or stains and simpler to maintain.

Great Western Flooring Offers the Best Prices on Luxury Vinyl

Great Western Flooring Company offers a wide selection of luxury vinyl flooring options at the most affordable price available today.  We offer more than 35 years in business pleasing customers with high quality and low cost.  Our flooring products are manufactured from the most well-known names in carpet and flooring manufacturers such as Mohawk and Shaw.  We are experienced in matching the right flooring product with your budget, delivering high quality floors at a price you can afford. 

Contact Great Western today for the best price available on luxury vinyl flooring.  As prices may vary due to type and style, we invite you to stop by one of our conveniently located design centers or call us today to learn more.  We provide high quality flooring and experienced installation at the most affordable price available today.

Great Western Flooring Company has been pleasing customers in and around the Chicagoland area for over 35 years.  We offer high quality flooring products at a price you can afford.  Contact us today to learn more about our luxury vinyl flooring options.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Laminate Flooring Available in Many Styles and Colors

Laminate flooring is a popular choice with many selections of styles and colors mimicking the look of real stone tiles or wood planks.  Laminate flooring is made of a composite material with a top surface that is dent and scratch resistant, unlike real stone or wood.  The versatility and durability of laminate flooring make this an especially appealing selection for new floor installations.

Leading flooring manufacturers such as Mohawk have taken notice of consumer demands to provide beautiful and durable flooring, which is simple to install and easy to maintain.  Providing these properties along with a wide selection of colors and shades has pushed laminate flooring to the top of the wish list for many consumers.

Great Western Flooring Offers Mohawk Laminate Flooring

Great Western Flooring has over 35 years of experience in providing high quality flooring products from the leading manufacturers such as Mohawk Flooring.  Mohawk’s GenuEdge Technology™ is an innovative flooring product which give the look of real hardwood floors in a durable laminate product.  Mohawk’s wide selection of style and color includes the following:

    • Aged Barn Oak – Provides an antiquated warm and cozy look
    • Barnhouse Oak – A convincing replica of traditional Barnwood Oak
    • Sandcastle Oak – Gives a lighter and more rustic look of wood with a modern tone
    • Hickory Shadow Oak – Delivers a warm look with traditional Oak floor covering
    • Honey Caramel Hickory – This realistic replica provides flooring with realistic wood grain and knots
    • Vintage Saddle Oak – Gives a darker tone with a sculped look that goes with any d├ęcor

All of these wood replica styles are available in various shades for endless options with wood floor replica laminate flooring. Great Western offers these Mohawk products and many others, with a free design consultation and professional installation.  Laminate flooring is durable and versatile, with options to install either above or below grade, although this type of flooring must be maintained like real hardwood with care to avoid extreme moisture or exposure to water.
Great Western Flooring has been pleasing customers in and around the Chicago area with three design centers in Naperville, Oswego and St. Charles.  We offer complimentary design consultations and professional installation.  Contact us today to discover your dream floor that will provide years of comfort and value.  

Monday, June 11, 2018

How to Clean Laminate Flooring Baseboards

Cleaning your laminate baseboards and quarter rounds is generally accomplished with the same cleaning methods used on your laminate floor.  The products you use will depend upon whether the baseboard is made of wood and what finish is on them.  Wood oils can be used on unpainted wood, but only after some preparation and general cleaning is done.
The first thing to do is to know your material and follow manufacturers directions.  If you are unsure of the type of material or the manufacturer, you could contact a professional floor company for advice.

Once you know what you’re working with, some general steps for safely cleaning the baseboards on your laminate floor include:

    • Thoroughly dust your floor and baseboards with a microfiber dust mop
    • Use a wash cloth dampened with water to wipe down the baseboards or quarter rounds
    • Follow manufacturer’s labels for cleaning laminate flooring quarter rounds
    • Use wood oil only on real wood products.  Avoid oil on laminate as a slippery, waxy buildup will occur
    • Avoid using any type of bleach product or product with bleach in it
    • Avoid using soap and water or soapy detergents
    • Apply selected cleaning solution directly to the cloth rather than spraying on the baseboard
    • Diluted white vinegar with water is a very common and effective cleaning solution for laminate flooring
    • Always spot test an inconspicuous area first to ensure your cleaning solutions will not fade the finish or color of your laminate flooring.
Great Western Flooring Offers Laminate Flooring

Great Western Flooring offers laminate flooring products with baseboards, quarter rounds and all required materials.  We provide a wide selection of high quality floor products from the leading manufacturers.  We offer professional installation with maintenance tips for your specific product.

Great Western Flooring is a leading flooring company serving the Chicago area with three design centers in Naperville, Oswego and St. Charles.  We provide high quality products with professional installation to ensure long lasting beauty and comfort.  Contact us today to learn more about the proper care and maintenance of your laminate floor and baseboards.