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You've always dreamed of hardwood floors. They are low-maintenance, durable and beautiful. You then hear about luxury vinyl.

It has the same look and cost as wood, but it is more affordable. You're now confused. You're confused. We understand. This is something we see a lot. Let's look at both the pros and cons to help you choose the right option for you.


It is important to first consider the purpose of hardwood floors. There are many situations where you might need to lean one way or another. These are the most common reasons why people add wood flooring.

Building your dream home

Remodeling or updating your home?

Preparing your home for sale

Renters looking for investment property

To create more living space, refinish the lower level.

Selecting flooring for your vacation home


Once we have a clear understanding of your purpose, what you want from your wood floors, it is possible to break it down into quantifiable characteristics to show some of the differences. This will allow you to see the pros and cons for each type of flooring.

Luxury Vinyl Plank


Lower price
Installation is easier
Low maintenance
Moisture resistant
Radiant heat can be used


Not waterproof
It cannot be repaired/refinished
Shorter lifespan
No resale value
Hardwood Flooring


Longer lifespan
Greater resale value
Attractive appearance
Refinished and repaired
Insulator that works well
Renewable resource


More expensive
More difficult to install
Sensitive to moisture damage
Radiant heat can cause damage


Vinyl flooring is quicker and easier to install. Professional installation is the best way to get the best results for either type of flooring. However, real wood requires a better subfloor. Hardwood flooring should be installed on a level subfloor or foundation of cement. Vinyl and hardwood are not tolerant of uneven subfloor structures. Over time, real wood will begin to bend. Vinyl will tolerate an uneven base better.

Vinyl can be installed over concrete, wood or other flooring layers. However, vinyl tiles or planks have a peel and stick backing that makes it difficult for remodeling.

Hardwood flooring can expand and contract naturally with changes in humidity. To allow planks to move freely, you must leave an expansion space around the perimeter of your floor.
Let's look at three factors that can influence your decision: installation, appearance, maintenance.


Vinyl planks have a more natural appearance than hardwood flooring. Hardwood flooring has the most attractive and beautiful appearance, with its unique colors and wood grains. Vinyl planks are dyed and textured on their outer layers to imitate many wood species. You may notice a repeating faux pattern in some planks.


It's a tie when it comes to maintenance if we are talking about day-to-day maintenance. Both need to be maintained with recommended cleaners and must be mopped regularly. Hardwood floors require more attention to moisture. Hardwood floors can be repaired if they become damaged. This will remove any scratches, gouges, or wear that has occurred over time. Vinyl can't be repaired.


Vinyl planks and hardwood flooring have their advantages and disadvantages. The main differences are in price and durability. Both have a beautiful look, and they are both easy to maintain. Luxury vinyl will have an easier installation process. The bottom line questions you should ask are:

What are you willing and able to spend?

How long would you like it to last?

Vinyl is a great option if you are on a budget but still want hardwood look without the high price.

Hardwood is a great choice if you are looking for resale potential.

Hardwood is a great choice if you are looking to attract buyers who are more discerning.

Hardwood is best if you are looking to have it refinished in 10-20 years.

Hardwood is more expensive and therefore more durable, hence the higher price. Luxury vinyl is a better option if you are looking for value in the future. Hardwood is a better option if you are looking for value in the future.

We hope you find this information helpful in making the right decision for you. At Carshalton Floor Sanding We offer luxury vinyl as well as hardwood. To see them in person, visit our showroom. We are happy to help you make a decision and walk you through all of your options.
Contact us a t020 3151 0765 Get a complimentary consultation today!


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