Initially, vinyl flooring was designed to provide a cheaper alternative to natural hard surface floors. However, despite remaining a low-cost option, luxury vinyl has become one of the top performing flooring options on the market. But can LVP beat its natural counterpart?

Moisture Resistance

Amazon River wood-look laminate flooring in a bathroom

Traditionally, solid hardwood floors have been susceptible to damage from many sources. Changing temperatures during seasonal changes can cause wood planks to expand or contract. Rising humidity levels can also cause hardwood floors to expand and warp. Most solid hardwood floors require a specific indoor humidity range.

Engineered hardwood panels were designed to overcome these challenges. They featured a layered design built around a stable plywood core. So, they are better at resisting humidity and moisture. In fact, some engineered hardwood floors are completely waterproof. They’re often found in kitchens, bathrooms, and even below-grade installations.

While engineered wood panels are designed to resist changes in humidity, some still recommend a specific range. The same goes for their level of water resistance. These ranges vary with each floor. Still, all engineered hardwood floors offer more flexibility than solid hardwood.

Durability

Eminence wateproof engineered hardwood flooring in a kitchen

LVP flooring is known for its resistance to surface scuffs and scratches. Of course, this depends on how the flooring was manufactured, with higher-end LVP flooring typically offering more resistance.

However, LVP often tears more easily than engineered hardwood. Accidentally dropping a sharp object or dragging furniture across the room is sometimes all it takes to tear vinyl floors. You can use furniture coasters to help prevent tearing.

The durability of engineered hardwood varies by flooring. In general, the layered design offers more protection against dents and dings. Sliding furniture can also cause cause surface damage. However, hardwood floors can be resurfaced. Also, many treatments are designed to protect wood flooring surfaces.

Cost

Design Statement LVP flooring in a bathroom

Luxury vinyl floors cost much less short-term. Increasingly, they’re also offering more long-term value. More LVP floors offer lifetime residential warranties. So, if your floors need to be replaced after regular use, you won’t have to pay for it. Engineered hardwood floors offer similar warranties but cost more to purchase.

Style

Brilliant Maple engineered hardwood floors

Engineered hardwood is composed of actual wood, so it naturally reflects traditional wood looks. As with traditional hardwood, engineered planks come in a variety of species and colors.

Luxury vinyl planks are designed to mimic the look of hardwood panels. In recent years, they have also been designed to match the texture. Some say this is done with near perfection, while others claim that nothing beats the original. It’s a matter of personal preference.

LVP floors can offer a larger array of color options. Each plank uses a photographic layer that can be edited. So, LVP floors are commonly used to offer a variegation style.

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Every home and family is different. If you’re ready to make an informed choice, visit Griffin’s leading flooring experts at Cleveland Carpets today!

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