Shopping for flooring can be overwhelming. There are so many choices of material from hardwoods to carpet to laminate that many homeowners don’t know where to start. Researching before you buy is a great way to filter through the information about different flooring types and to be comfortable with your options.

Two top picks right now are hardwoods and vinyl plank flooring. Both bring the timeless beauty of wood to your interior design. More and more homeowners and business owners are opting for luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring though. Here’s a little information on how they compare and contrast to hardwood floors to help you make an informed decision.

Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring

What’s not to love about luxury vinyl plank flooring? Durable, easy to install, and fabulously cost effective. It’s like the holy grail of flooring. LVP is being installed everywhere from residential bathrooms to commercial coffee shops. Here are three of the top reasons it’s becoming ubiquitous.

  • Pet Proof & Kid Proof

It would probably be more appropriate to describe LVP flooring as life proof. its ability to resist scratches and dents caused by pets and children make this flooring a top choice.

  • Waterproof

It is not an exaggeration to call luxury vinyl plank flooring waterproof. These floors literally can withstand flooding so little spills and daily exposure to moisture will not adversely affect these floors in the least.

  • Easy Care

Sweep and wipe with a mild cleaner. That’s the extent of caring for your LVP floors. No polishing, no refinishing, no sealing for the life of the product, either. Easy.

Traditional Hardwood Floors

There is something that hardwood floors bring to a home that is not achieved by any other type of material. It’s always a good a choice and if it’s what you have your heart set on, go for it. In comparison to LVP floors though, there are some differences. Mainly they will take a bigger chunk of your renovation budget. If you are looking for a more budget friendly option, you probably don’t want to choose hardwoods.

Durability wise they are a good long-term investment. A quality hardwood floor can last up to 100 years in your home if cared for properly. Depending on the hardness of the species of wood you choose for the hardwoods, they hold up to pet and kid traffic really well. Where they lack in comparison to LVP though is in the waterproof department. You definitely do not want to install hardwoods in areas that could be exposed to water.

Read about the pros and cons of having hardwoods in your kitchen.

Either way, you can’t really loose whether you choose luxury vinyl plank or hardwoods for your home. Both are attractive options with a variety of finishes to compliment any design style.

About Flowers Flooring

To discuss your flooring options please contact Flowers Flooring at (704) 445-7750. Our showroom is in Cornelius, NC. We are a full-service flooring and installation provider that specializes in all flooring types, including carpet, hardwood, sand & finish, vinyl plank, vinyl tile, ceramic tile, porcelain tile, tile floors, tile showers, tile backsplash and much more. Call today to schedule your FREE estimate (704) 445-7750. Be sure to inquire about our current promotion and financing offer. Flowers Flooring services the entire Charlotte, NC metro area including but not limited to Mooresville, Cornelius, Denver, Ballantyne, Concord, Kannapolis, Fort Mill, Rock Hill, and many more.

 

 

 

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