Hardwood, laminate, and luxury vinyl planks: Which is right for you?
The type of flooring you choose for your home is a huge investment. It can be the finishing touch on a complete remodel, or the perfect change for a home you just purchased. Whether you want want your flooring to be a statement piece or simply pull together a cohesive look, we've detailed some of the basics in trying to decide whether to install hardwood, laminate, or luxury vinyl planking.
Hardwood floors are an amazing addition to any home. The natural style and markings add beauty, elegance, warmth, and an overall homey feel. Discovering original hardwood floors in your home is often an incredible surprise and exciting find. Sanding and finishing hardwood floors will take time and money, but the finished product will last for years to come.
Hardwood floors do need to be maintained in order to keep the finished look. The frequency with which you maintain your floors will determine how often they need to be sanded and refinished. Typically, a full sand and refinish only needs to be done every 10 years or so.
While hardwood is beautiful throughout the home, it typically does not do well in areaswhere water is prevalent, such as bathrooms, kitchens, and washrooms.
Laminate is not a hardwood at all, but rather a manufactured product that mimics the appearance of wood or tile. The versatility of laminate has improved over the years and most versions available today are water-resistant, though not fully waterproof. Some laminate also comes with a scratch-resistant finish, making it a great option for homes with kids or pets. Laminate is significantly cheaper than hardwood and still provides a warm and elegant feel for your home.
Although laminate flooring cannot be sanded or refinished, it still requires routine maintenance. Manufacturers typically provide a list of cleaning solutions and methods that will preserve the quality of the product and not void the warranty.
LUXURY VINYL PLANKING
Luxury Vinyl Planking, known as LVP, is a very popular flooring option that is often chosen in place of hardwood flooring. LVP is completely waterproof, meaning that it can be installed in every room of your home (if you would like it to be), and there's no need to worry about water spilling and ruining the floors. It is also scratch resistant, making it a great flooring option for those who have pets and/or kids.
LVP also comes in a variety of styles and patterns that mimic the look of hardwood as well as stone. Depending on the manufacturer, it comes in different plank lengths and widths, as well as squares for a tiled look.
Maintaining LVP is similar to maintaining laminate in that it cannot be sanded or refinished, but does require upkeep. Each manufacturer will have specifications on what cleaning methods and products will either maintain or void the warranty on the flooring.
If you have questions on any of these types of flooring or would like some advice for your specific project, we would love to help! Feel free to call our office at 619-697-5969 to schedule an estimate, or stop by our showroom at 7111 University Avenue in La Mesa. We look forward to helping you with your flooring needs.