Flooring for a specific room makes a huge difference. Hardwood flooring is super popular for good reason, but it’s not always the best option. For example, I really like carpeting in bedrooms. When it comes to home flooring, you have lots of options.
Luxury vinyl is durable, waterproof flooring that has the look of hardwood or stone without the hefty price tag. Also referred to as LVT/LVP, luxury vinyl is made up of multiple layers that aid in the design, durability, and ease of maintenance of this wonderful flooring choice.
Engineered hardwood is a more affordable alternative to solid hardwood. Made by combining a top layer of genuine hardwood with multiple layers of ply plank that run in different directions beneath, they look like solid hardwood but have better resistance to moisture.
Luxury vinyl is waterproof, making it ideal in all rooms, especially kitchens and bathrooms. Thanks to its multiple layers, luxury vinyl can withstand moisture, heavy foot traffic, scratches and spills.
One of the most common questions that we get asked is what exactly is luxury vinyl tile? Luxury vinyl is a durable, easy to maintain, waterproof flooring that has the look of hardwood or stone, but clocks in at a fraction of the price. Luxury vinyl tile, also known as LVT, is constructed of multiple layers that add to the design, durability, and ease of maintenance of this highly sought out flooring option.
There will always be both pros and cons to any type of flooring based on your lifestyle and family needs, but we are confident that luxury vinyl flooring is a great option for all types of families and lifestyles.
Engineered hardwood is a good choice in areas of your home where you might be concerned about true hardwood warping due to high humidity levels, like in a damp basement. Additionally, as engineered hardwood floors use less expensive solid wood, they are typically a more cost-effective option.
One drawback to engineered wood is that it’s not able to be sanded down or refinished as frequently as you could with true hardwood floors because of the thin top veneer. However, you can apply the same high-quality coatings to engineered wood floors that you can to traditional hardwood, making them very resistant to wear and tear.
Just like with hardwood floors, you can choose from a variety of species of wood like oak, cherry, and hickory. The plank sizes and finishes are also identical.
Hardwood flooring is made from one single piece of hardwood cut from a tree of your choice. Most commonly, you’ll find floors made from oak, cherry, or walnut, but there are several additional solid wood options to choose from.
Generally, planks are three-quarters of an inch thick, but width can vary. The standard width is between three and five inches, and most retailers will call this a “medium” or “standard” plank. Another popular style is wide planks which measure in at between five and ten inches and look beautiful in living spaces throughout the home.
Hardwood floors come finished in one of two ways.
Pre-finished wood will already have the finish applied before you install the planks. Unfinished hardwood will need to be sanded down and finished so that it is both shiny and moisture resistant after installation.
While all solid hardwood floors are hard, different species of wood will have different levels of hardness. Choosing a wood type that matches the amount of foot traffic that the room experiences is very important to ensuring your floors don’t experience excessive wear and tear.
The Janka hardness rating scale provides information on the most popular wood species which will help you to choose one that best matches what you need in a specific area of your home.