Many homeowners in St. Louis Park are considering Engineered Vinyl Plank (EVP) floors for their next home upgrade and we don’t blame them. EVP floors have quickly gained an amazing reputation for being waterproof and scratch resistant. Curious about what else makes EVP so popular? The experts at Floor Coverings International Southwest Metro Minneapolis compiled this pros and cons list to help Minnetonka, Chanhassen, Eden Prairie, St. Louis Park area homeowners decide if EVP flooring is right for their lifestyle.

Engineered Vinyl Plank flooring in Bloomington


Engineered Vinyl Planks are extremely durable and built of three layers. The base layer is made of cork that levels and cushions the rest of the board. This layer helps the plank settle into any subfloor imperfections and can actually work to hide them. The middle layer is an extremely dense board that gives the plank its hardness and durability. Then each board is sealed with a vinyl top layer that can have any wood or stone design printed on it. Everything is entirely customizable so there are no limitations on design.

As we mentioned, EVP floors are indeed waterproof. That’s right. Waterproof. This makes them very low maintenance and perfect for areas that are prone to spills like kitchens, bathroom, and basements. You can truly enjoy the look of hardwood, without panicking every time the kids want to help you in the kitchen.

The planks snap into place and are quick for the Floor Coverings International Southwest Metro Minneapolis team to install. This means that the often dreaded installation process will be over and done with before you know it!


There are few cons to EVP floors. Perhaps the most notable would be the cost. Engineered Vinyl Plank floors are similar to laminate flooring in their installation process and durability, but they are also more pricey upfront. A well-maintained EVP floor can last you and your family for decades, which still makes its a very economical option.

If you want to learn more about how Engineered Vinyl Plank floors would work in your St. Louis Park  home, give the team at Floor Coverings International Southwest Metro Minneapolis a call. We can help you weigh the pros and cons for every type of flooring with your family’s lifestyle in mind. We are local and offer a free in-home consultation for the most personalized service experience possible.

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