Haley Gaetani | November 02 2016
Thinking about purchasing new flooring for your home, but stuck on what to buy? The decision is a huge one, and should be carefully thought out before choosing which route to go. Hardwood floors are known to be a highly desirable choice for home owners, but luxury vinyl tile (LVT) has also started to catch up as well. I’ll compare the two in hopes of providing you with enough info to choose which one is most suitable for you.
There’s no denying that hardwood floors are timeless and beautiful in practically any room of a home. There’s a wide variety to choose from, and it’s hard to argue that there’s something better than the real deal. If you struggle with any type of imitation concept and tend to catch yourself feeling uneasy after purchasing something that could be considered a “knock off,” even if the quality is great, then you’ll most likely find the most peace of mind in choosing hardwood. On the other hand, if you trust in how advanced technology has become in the flooring industry, you don’t mind purchasing something that looks almost identical to hardwood for a cheaper price, and the quality is still great… luxury vinyl tile is the perfect candidate for you.
Thanks to technology, hardwood and luxury vinyl tile are becoming hard to tell apart. LVT is created by placing an image of the desired wood you want between the backing and the clear wear layer of the vinyl. The end result is extremely realistic looking. Most luxury vinyl tile has texture added to it to simulate the texture of wood too. People may claim that they can always tell the difference between natural and synthetic hardwood, but you’d be surprised how far LVT has come and how great it looks once installed.
As a natural material, hardwood is rather porous which makes it susceptible to water damage. This means that luxury vinyl tile may be a better choice when choosing flooring for a bathroom. Hardwood is pretty durable, but can start to show scratches over time in high traffic areas. The great thing is, hardwood can be refinished which makes it look practically new again once it’s finished. On the other hand, LVT does well in high traffic areas and commercial spaces and is more resistant to moisture and climate change. Unfortunately, LVT can’t be refinished when it gets worn over time.
As you can see, there are pros and cons to both LVT and hardwood floors. At the end of the day, it’s all up to your personal preferences and what you have pictured in your mind when thinking of the perfect type of flooring that’ll work well with your lifestyle. Continue doing your research and feel free to come by one of our Chantilly or Falls Church stores to talk to one of our showroom reps, they’re highly knowledgeable and can tell you all about the different types of LVT and hardwood that’s here waiting for you!« Back to All Entries