Real, natural hardwood is no longer the only choice to achieve the look of wood flooring in your Concord home. While there is also wood laminate, innovations in vinyl flooring technologies now allow you to have a floor that looks like wood but is actually made of vinyl.
While some purists can’t imagine sacrificing the real tone and feel of wood for a vinyl substitute, others enjoy the benefits it brings in terms of cost, maintenance, and durability. The following is a comparison of hardwood flooring vs. luxury vinyl from the experts at Floor Coverings International Concord.
Get the Wood Look
Advances in imaging technology have made wood looks on vinyl extremely convincing. This is especially true of luxury vinyl, for which the most high definition and realistic processes are used. Few can tell the difference between luxury vinyl planks and real hardwood floors at first glance. Some vinyl styles even incorporate textures that further mimic the real tactile features of hardwood.
Installing a hardwood floor can cost four to ten times as much as vinyl flooring — or more. The more exotic and rare the wood type, the more expensive it can be. Vinyl flooring is much more affordable, but cost can vary depending on the brand and level of quality. Since luxury vinyl planks have advanced significantly in their ability to simulate the look of real wood, this is an appealing option to Concord homeowners who want the look of an exotic hardwood without paying the price.
Maintenance is another important consideration for homeowners when selecting a flooring type. Hardwood can last for generations with proper treatment. It should be swept regularly, and small scratches can be buffed out gently and/or blended in with a little wood oil. Solid wood can also be completely refinished multiple times throughout its life cycle to create a refreshed look when needed.
Vinyl also requires reasonable treatment and regular cleaning in order to maintain its attractive, realistic look. However, manufacturers tend to only guarantee it for 10 to 20 years. Scratches and tears often cannot be repaired, but if you keep extra planks around after installation, you will be able to replace the ones in areas that have become significantly worn. Keeping vinyl planks clean is generally easy and requires minimum maintenance, such as periodic sweeping and damp mopping.
Resistance to Moisture
Hardwood floors don’t do well with moisture, as it can cause the planks to warp. Vinyl floors do not have this problem. They’re able to handle humid or wet conditions, and they can be mopped without any negative effect on their integrity. This makes luxury vinyl wood-look flooring an excellent choice for kitchens and bathrooms.
As you can see, there are pros and cons to both hardwood and vinyl flooring. Which material is right for your home design project? Consider which features are most important to you, and consult the flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Concord to help you make your final decision. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation!
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