Whether you’re designing your perfect floors for the first time or gearing up for an epic redesign, there are plenty of reasons to choose vinyl plank flooring.
But which vinyl flooring you choose can make a huge difference, in both the look and feel of your new floors, and in the type of maintenance and upkeep you can expect.
We’ve written about Eagle Creek before. We love their products, and so do our customers.
Here’s why we keep coming back to them and why our customers rave about their products – based on how they perform in seven key factors of vinyl floor design.
The Variety and Quality of Looks
With developments in modern photography, printing and design, you can now get vinyl flooring that accurately mimics almost any natural material, including rare, high-end luxury woods. These days, it can be very difficult to tell vinyl from real natural materials.
Some companies offer a broader selection of looks than others. But whether your tastes run to luxury, rustic, modern, or retro, there’s a strong chance that Eagle Creek has what you’re looking for.
Eagle Creek offers five collections with a wide range of designs, from warm and rustic to sophisticated and high-end, with a number of finishes from natural to glossy.
The Feel Underfoot
Vinyl tends to be warmer and slightly softer underfoot than natural wood, most types of stone, and other natural materials. Beyond that, however, some companies commit to making their vinyl planks feel as much like wood as possible, creating them with wear and beveled edges to reproduce the tactile irregularities of natural wood.
Eagle Creek is one of the best at this. They do a great job reproducing the texture of real wood, with distressed, embossed hand-scraped surfaces. Our customers report that it’s surprisingly difficult to tell the difference on a daily basis.
Vinyl tends to hold up quite well in high-traffic areas, including commercial areas that wouldn’t be suitable for more delicate hardwood. But there are many different types of vinyl, and some are better suited to heavy use than others.
Most vinyl planks have a durable top layer that serves two functions: giving the planks a layer of shine and texture, and protecting the plank from everyday wear. Often the thickness of this layer is what determines the plank’s durability and suitability for high-traffic areas.
The wear layer may be as thin as 6 ml, or as thick as 20 ml, which tends to be considered commercial grade.
Many of Eagle Creek’s products have a commercial-grade 20-ml wear layer that ensures their flooring will maintain its shine with minimal maintenance, even in high-traffic commercial and residential areas.
It’s also resistant to water damage. We’ve tested this out by submerging a piece of Eagle Creek flooring in a fishbowl for 11 months. It came out with no damage to the product or underlying pad, so you can be sure this flooring will hold up well in areas with moisture exposure, such as the bathroom or kitchen.
The Sound-Dampening Qualities
Are you installing vinyl floors in an apartment, condo, or area of your house above the first floor? If so, you should give serious thought to how well your flooring will dampen the sound of footsteps and other activity.
Eagle Creek incorporates cutting-edge sound-dampening technology in a composite foam layer called an EVA pad. This not only quiets sound vibrations, but also adds an extra layer of structural sturdiness to each plank making them even more durable.
This technology reduces sound better than more traditional materials, such as cork and rubber, by a factor of three to one.
The Level of Maintenance
Vinyl is, overall, much lower maintenance than hardwood. Under most circumstances, you rarely need to do much maintenance beyond wiping the floors with a damp cloth every so often to clean them.
A big reason our customers love Eagle Creek products is that they provide the high-end natural look of hardwood, without the work that goes along with maintaining that look. The thick commercial-grade wear layer makes these planks unusually resistant to scuffs and spills, stains, scratches, human and pet traffic, and other types of wear.
The Feel-Good Factor
Many of our customers are concerned about the environmental sustainability of their building materials and this is another area where Eagle Creek stands out.
Eagle Creek’s products are Greenguard certified, meaning they meet high standards for environmental responsibility and indoor air quality.
They also partner with vendors who embody those values. One of their partners is Verite, an international NGO that works to ensure fair, safe, and legal working conditions for employees in many areas of the world.
The great thing about vinyl is that the best companies provide a look that’s almost identical to more expensive hardwoods, at a fraction of the cost. That’s exceptionally true for Eagle Creek.
Their products include a range of high-end looks including oak, cherry, hickory, teak, and more. These look remarkably similar to the real thing, but without the high-end prices.
Book an Appointment to Change the Look of Your Floors
If you’re considering installing vinyl flooring in your home or place of business, we can help. We’ll come to you to show you what’s available.Get in touch at (770) 627-4343 to schedule your in-home consultation.