Importance of a wear layer
The wear layer is most often made of PVC film that is applied over the top of the design layer. It is responsible for not only extending the lifespan of the flooring, but also increasing its resistance to stains, scratches, scuffs and water damage.
Measured in “mils”, the wear layer thickness can range from six mils to 20 mils. Of course, the thicker this wear layer is, the more durable your waterproof floors will be. In high traffic areas, you really can do with no less than the thickest possible availability. However, lower traffic rooms will not need that much.
The overall design of waterproof floors is achieved in the embossing. Light embossing gives the luxury vinyl planks a nice smooth stone look. These are most often seen in waterproof floors that is manufactured to look like concrete or granite.
Heavier embossing comes out looking like hewn stone or clefted stone. It’s much more of a rough look, with a deeper grain and feel to the overall pattern. This look could go well in some kitchens, foyers, or entryways, to name a few.