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Is Luxury Vinyl Plank Better Than Hardwood?: The Pros & Cons

If you want to remodel or refresh your space, it can be exciting yet daunting to decide what materials will work best, both functionally and aesthetically. Floors make up a large portion of your home, and they face a lot of wear and tear over the years, so choosing an option that delivers durability and support without sacrificing style is a major step in the design process.

The look of natural hardwood is a top option for many homeowners, but is it the best? In this blog post, we cover the pros and cons of hardwood versus luxury vinyl planks to help you make an informed decision.

AG Construction is here to make your flooring project a breeze. Schedule a flooring consultation by calling (240) 246-4561 today.

Luxury Vinyl Plank vs. Hardwood

Hardwood floors are traditionally crafted out of maple, oak, or other types of solid wood, or they may be made from plywood covered with a hardwood veneer.

Luxury vinyl planks mimic the look of hardwood (or even stone), but they’re crafted out of polyvinyl chloride, or PVC. They consist of a top layer, design layers, a core layer, and backing layers.

Learn more about the similarities and differences between hardwood floors and luxury vinyl planks by calling (240) 246-4561.

Luxury Vinyl Plank: Pros & Cons

Coretec luxury vinyl plank flooring

A major pro of luxury vinyl planks is the initial price. This material costs less upfront than its hardwood flooring counterpart, making it an easier option to invest in financially. It’s also a quiet option, offering some soundproofing properties.

It’s easy to install; it can be installed over your existing flooring, and the planks come in glue-down, peel-and-stick backing, or click-in styles, making installation seamless. Luxury vinyl planks are also easy to maintain as they’re water-resistant, making cleaning up messes effortless.

There are a few cons of luxury vinyl planks to consider, though. Many buyers want the texture and beauty of real hardwood instead of simulated wood, so that can lead to a lower resale value. While the material itself is easier to maintain, it doesn’t withstand time and wear and tear quite like real hardwood flooring.

The Pros & Cons of Hardwood

Heart of pine hardwood floor

Hardwood flooring is a timeless choice for homes due to its sleek, classic look and long-lasting durability. It’s great for heightening the resale value of your home. Because of its long-lasting properties, it’s a worthwhile investment and can be more cost-effective in the long run.

Although it makes sense over time, hardwood is still a more costly option initially. Hardwood floors are also not as protected against water and moisture as vinyl flooring, so they can be damaged or warped much more easily. While beautiful, they require more maintenance and upkeep.

We’ll help you weigh the pros and cons of each floor type. Call us today at (240) 246-4561 for more information.

Schedule Flooring Installation Today

With over 10 years of experience in the industry, AG Construction is your one-stop shop for all things flooring in Frederick, Howard, Anne Arundel, and Baltimore counties.

We offer fair, affordable pricing, free estimates, and honest assessments. When you work with us, you can enjoy a small, personable business feel while achieving big business results. Consider our owner-operated company today.

Call AG Construction at (240) 246-4561 to schedule a free estimate for a flooring installation today.

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