One of the most coveted appearances in the flooring industry is the wood look, and you can find it in solid hardwood flooring as well as luxury vinyl plank (LVP). Figuring out which one is best for your household is as easy as considering your requirements and preferences.
Each material has outstanding benefits, but one will likely work better in your spaces than the other will. Making sure you pick the right one is easy to do when you have a little help. Be prepared to discuss all the details about your flooring project for the best results.
If you require a floor covering for any space that is below grade, such as a basement, then LVP is the only option between these two. Solid hardwood can never be installed in these spaces, but LVP gives you the same great wood-look you want, with plenty of benefits as well. You’ll get the authentic plank appearance and grain patterns, excellent durability, and complete waterproof properties for your peace of mind.
For other areas, the amazing functionality of solid hardwood could be a better option, especially if the lifespan is a more important characteristic. These floors can last 100 years or more, with a professional installation and regular maintenance, and add great value to your home as well.
While LVP floors offer an excellent appearance, matching any décor, solid wood floors can be personalized with options including species selection, stain color, a perfect finish, and so much more. Finishes such as hand-scraped or distressed even work to hide signs of wear that can lead to the need to refinish your floors earlier than necessary.
LVP, since it’s not real wood, cannot be refinished, but solid wood allows you to strip away years of wear and bring back that like-new finish all over again.