Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP), Engineered, Hardwood… with so many options for flooring it can be hard to choose which one to use for your next build.
In this blog post I break down my Top Flooring Picks for you!
Hardwood flooring is made from wood species such as maple, oak, hickory, etc, and are solid planks throughout their thickness.
The main benefit is that Hardwood flooring can be sanded down and restrained multiple times throughout its lifespan, adapting to trends without having to be replaced.
The downfall of Hardwood flooring is that it can shrink and expand overtime due to moisture and changing temperatures, which can leave gaps or cupping.
Hardwood flooring is not recommended in potential damp environments like basements, or any space where there can be water.
Although, many homes built today continue hardwood throughout their kitchens without issues.
Engineered Hardwood flooring is made of planks with relatively thin layer of hardwood bonded over a substrate of high-quality plywood.
This construction prevents the Engineered Hardwood flooring from warping and bowing the way a Hardwood floor might in moist areas.
Engineered Hardwood flooring cannot be refinished as many times like hardwood can, however some brands can be refinished one time only.
Both Hardwood and Engineered Hardwood flooring can scratch or get marked badly in high traffic areas.
If you’re looking for planks wider than 5″, there are more choices in Engineered Hardwood flooring than solid Hardwood.
Vinyl has come a long way folks! LVP stands for Luxury Vinyl Planks.
We are starting to see them being used more throughout homes because it’s a resilient and low maintenance flooring that can still give the appearance of real wood.
LVP is a composite product comprised of several layers, which creates a mostly scratch and stain resistant product. Perfect for those who own pets or for high traffic areas in your home.
LVP can’t be refinished and someone the higher-end brands can be the same cost as hardwood products.