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Why Use Luxury Vinyl Plank Floors

By Melissa Dorman, May 1, 2021

Are you considering which type of flooring to install in your home? Do you have kids, dogs, tenants, or high-traffic areas in the home? Luxury vinyl plank (LVP) floors may be a good option for you. These products have some neat features that hardwoods and other flooring types don’t offer, and it may save you in the long run.



Many of these LVP options are waterproof (ok, highly water resistant). They’re also somewhat resistant to microbial growth, if they do get wet. The higher-end products are commonly used in bathrooms and kitchens and allow for easy cleanup. (Check the individual manufacturer’s recommendations for the specific product you choose).


Scratch Resistant

If you’ve ever had your beautiful hardwood floors scratched, gouged, or damaged, then you’ve felt the pain of knowing your hardwood floors won’t last forever. LVP floors are very scratch-resistant and are difficult to damage. They’re especially a favorite for homeowners who have large dogs.


Tons of Color Options

With dozens of color and texture options to choose from, LVP floors are extremely versatile. Some designs are intended to look like hardwoods, while others can appear to be almost identical to tile. Greyscale color options are very commonly installed in new construction homes and are very popular, for a clean and modern look.


Easy Installation

These tongue-and-groove planks clip together and are “floating floors,” meaning they’re not nailed down and don’t damage the underlying flooring or make for difficult installation. Many LVP flooring products have an underlayment pad, which help with soundproofing (squeaking) and insulation.


Next time you’re considering which flooring type to install, go check out the luxury vinyl plank products and you may be happily surprised.


Melissa Dorman

Broker | OR & WA


Ten years ago, Melissa was living in a slum in Kolkata, India, helping over 200 women escape sex trafficking by providing alternative work at a social business. It was there she discovered her passion for financial education as a means of empowering people to move out of poverty. After graduating from UCLA with a Masters, Melissa spent 5 years working as a Social Worker; assisting clients facing homelessness, in jail, or at a psychiatric facility. As much as she loved the work, imagining saving for retirement on the meager salary of a social worker was becoming grim. That's when Melissa discovered "passive income." In no time, she fell in LOVE with real estate as a vehicle for wealth. Soon after, Melissa began locating off-market multi-family properties to purchase through creative financing strategies and win-win opportunities. Two years into investing, Melissa quit her day job as a Social Worker to become a full-time broker and investor. Initially, she was drawn to people in difficult circumstances, so she developed extensive experience assisting families facing foreclosure, short sales, and probate. Melissa is well versed in helping her clients overcome complex real estate challenges. Currently, Melissa is teamed up with Super Broker, Yascha Noonberg at Living Room Realty. Together they assist clients to achieve their real estate dreams, including how to strategically buy and sell a personal residence to maximize profits. Far from the slums of Kolkata, her greatest passion now is empowering other working professionals to develop passive forms of income through buying multi-family properties in Portland.
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