Engineered Hardwood Flooring – Solid Wood Flooring – Vinyl Plank Flooring
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New Perspective Painting | Denver CO 02-13-2021
Hardwood Flooring and Vinyl Flooring is guaranteed to add value and comfort to your space. If you are already blessed with true hardwood floor then you are already a step ahead of the game. Real Solid Hardwood floors can be refinished approx 10 times throughout its life. Engineered Hardwood floors usually can only be refinished once or twice. Vinyl plank or tile can not be refinished but do hold up very well in high traffic and high humidity areas. What’s the difference between Solid Hardwood, Engineered Hardwood, and Vinyl? Let’s explore.
Solid Hardwood flooring consists of real wood and is nailed to the floor. Solid hardwood is very thick, approx 3/4 inch thick. As a result, the floors can be sanded and refinished many times throughout their lifespan. Solid hardwood floors are not floating floors which means that they are secured down to the subfloor. Solid hardwood should only be installed above grade. Due to the expansion properties of real wood, it performs better and will last longer in low humidity areas. If you are looking to install read wood floors in a basement or bathroom, Engineered Hardwood floors are a better option.
Engineered hardwood is a real wood product similar to Solid Hardwood. The difference is that engineered hardwood is artificially created with bonding several layers together, the top layer being the real wood one. The top layer of wood is usually a veneer, meaning a thin layer of wood. This is why engineered hardwood floors can not be refinished multiple times. The layer of wood is just not thick enough to be able to handle refinishing multiple times. That being said, Engineered hardwood is more cost-effective than Solid wood floors. Additionally, a benefit to having Engineered Hardwood floors installed is the easier way of installation. Most Engineered hardwood are created with the tongue and groove system. This allows the planks to be connected without being nailed to the floor. Engineered hardwood floors are floating floors, meaning that they are not nailed down. They “float” above the subfloor. Engineered hardwood floors can be installed in basements or areas with a higher humidity.
Vinyl plank or LVP (luxury vinyl plank) is not real wood. It is an artificial material that is made to look like real wood. The technology has improved over the years and does come closet to mimicking the look of real wood. Vinyl plank is extremely durable and can not get damaged like real wood can. Vinyl plank is able to withstand water, scratches, dings and dents much better than wood. That being said, there is an undeniable comfort and luxury that comes along with real wood that vinyl can not replace. Vinyl is the most affordable option but can range in the $4-$5/sq ft range that hardwood can. Vinyl plank is installed in a similar way that engineered hardwood floors are. The tongue and groove system is used by means of clicking and locking in place.
The technology of lower grade vinyl planks tongue and groove system is inferior to the more expensive options. The planks do not “lock” or “click” into place as well and are prone to damage much easier.