Hughes still likes the high-end laminates, but manufacturers have never been able to fully eliminate that distinctive -- and sometimes objectionable -- clicking sound when it's walked on.
Luxury vinyl has a couple of advantages for remodeling projects.
These floors can be glued down, or they can be "floated." Individual tiles and planks can be clicked together and then installed without glue, to float on special underlayment. Floating floors can cover up minor imperfections in the subfloor during a renovation.
Luxury vinyl is thinner than hardwood, and thinner than stone or ceramic tile installed on the required underlayment. When remodeling, it's easier to match a thinner product to the level of the surrounding existing floors.
Which leads to the one complaint Fallon and Hughes share about luxury vinyl.
There are few good-looking options for the edge, or transition, where luxury vinyl abuts another type of flooring or a floor that's a slightly different level.
"They don't make a transition," Fallon said. "I sometimes have to use wood, and stain it to match. They make metal, like you'd use on an old vinyl floor. But it doesn't look good."
"They definitely need to make better trim pieces," Hughes agreed. "It's just less attractive with metal.
Modern vinyl floors
Want to see examples of modern luxury vinyl? Visit the websites of top manufacturers, or look for portfolios on social sites such as Pinterest or Facebook.
Armstrong calls its popular luxury vinyl line Alterna; tiles and planks are available in a variety of sizes: www.armstrong.com .
Mannington's Adura line includes variable-width planks, a popular improvement according to area flooring pros: www.mannington.com.
Congoleum's DuraCeramic tiles, like other luxury vinyl products, can be installed with or without the special grout: www.congoleum.com.