How LVP flooring differs from natural hardwood

How LVP flooring differs from natural hardwood

You've most likely heard that genuine hardwood and wood-look floorings are trending. 

LVP flooring
offers wood look options and is incredibly vibrant and true-to-life simulations of the real thing. They have knots, grains, swirls, and textures. Some say they can't even tell the difference.

How do you decide what's right for you? Here's a list of the pros and cons of both.

Natural vs. manufactured

Genuine hardwood is harvested right from the forest. It's chemical-free, something that may be of particular interest to environmentalists.

Wood looks to go through a manufacturing process and use technologies such as embossing. It's important to note that today's technologies make it much less environmentally harmful.

Waterproof vs. water challenges

Any luxury vinyl flooring form, whether LVT or LVP flooring, is waterproof from bottom to top. It can be submerged or spilled on without damage.

Solid hardwood, like all wood, can be damaged by excess moisture. It's also porous and will expand or shrink as it tries to adjust to the weather.  

Wood looks are less expensive

On the other hand, genuine wood lasts for decades. Depending on quality and level of care, luxury vinyl flooring lasts for about 25 years. Solid wood has even been known to last for 100.

Installing luxury vinyl flooring

Luxury vinyl flooring is fast, uncomplicated, and inexpensive to install. LVP flooring can be installed via the glue-down, floating floor, or loose lay techniques.  

Floating floors are click, mat, and hover. Loose lay pieces are placed on the subfloor and held in place through traction.

Contact us for your vinyl plank flooring needs

Floor shopping is stressful enough, but Buono's Flooring makes it easy. Our mobile showroom opened in 1979 and is fully licensed, insured, and bonded. You'll see numerous LVP flooring brands like Mannington, Chesapeake, Beauflor, Engineered Floors, and more.

We're headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, and service Staten Island, Manhattan, and Brooklyn. Call us for an appointment–you'll be happy you did!