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You have finally decided to update the flooring in your home, and you have it narrowed down to two options: hardwood and vinyl plank. Both of these can add elegance and warmth to a room, but which is the right choice? Contact us to learn more about vinyl plank.
While they do look similar, there are benefits and drawbacks to each option. There are many factors to consider when choosing the right type of flooring for your home. Two of the most important factors are durability and water resistance. Let’s compare how vinyl plank stacks up compared to hardwood in these categories.
People with children and pets may love the look of hardwood floors, but long claws, rough play, and a lot of traffic can be concerning. You don’t want to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on flooring that isn’t going to hold up to your family’s lifestyle. Vinyl plank flooring is available in several finishes, including options that look just like hardwood flooring.
While luxury vinyl plank flooring isn’t going to get dinged, chipped, or scratched like hardwood often does, it can still be damaged. It is made using a soft vinyl, so it can tear. It doesn’t happen often, but if you drop something sharp/hard or drag furniture, it could rip. However, you don’t have to refinish it as you do with hardwood, so it’s an excellent choice for homeowners on a budget.
While hardwood can be durable, it depends on the wood species. For example, maple, cherry, and oak are more durable. Exotic woods are unique, but they aren’t as hard and can get damaged more easily.
Vinyl plank is an excellent choice for any room, including kitchens and bathrooms, because it can get wet without you worrying about water related damage. If the kids spill liquid on the floor, it isn’t going to damage the vinyl plank. You can also wet mop without fear of warping or buckling.
Hardwood floors can be damaged when exposed to water. You can’t use a wet mop, and you have to wipe up spills quickly. If a room often gathers moisture (such as the bathroom or kitchen) you’ll want to avoid hardwood.
We understand that you want the best flooring for your home. If you are on a budget, want something waterproof and incredibly durable, luxury vinyl plank flooring may be your best option. Vinyl plank flooring is available in several finishes, including options that look just like hardwood flooring, so you can get all the benefits of vinyl plank flooring while still getting the look of hardwood. Visit our flooring consults to see our range of vinyl plank finishes!
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