Engineered Hardwood Flooring vs Vinyl Plank

Vinyl Flooring Raleigh Durham


Looking for the perfect material for your new floors? Lots of our customers find themselves choosing between luxury vinyl plank floors (LVP) and engineered true hardwood. With years of experience helping customers design floors from both materials, and installing hardwoods and vinyl planks, we can help give you the information you need to make the decision between hardwood floors and vinyl plank flooring. Read on for more information and a comparison of both materials, or call our team at 919-477-9849 to get all your questions answered by a member of our team!


Vinyl Plank vs. Hardwood Flooring




When it comes to durability of your floors, luxury vinyl plank and hardwood flooring are both great options. However, vinyl plank flooring has a slight advantage over hardwoods in the durability department. Why? Well, as a natural material hardwoods have a disadvantage when it comes to durability and wear. Wood is porous, and therefore we don’t recommend that you use hardwood floors in places where spills are common, like kitchens or bathrooms. In addition to this vulnerability, hardwoods also have a protective coating that has to be maintained to protect the wood. If used in high traffic areas, hardwoods will require more upkeep and maintenance than vinyl plank would. As a manufactured material designed for wear, vinyl planks are more resistant to moisture and damage. They last much longer than hardwoods, and require less maintenance and upkeep.





Though cost is not the only factor to consider when choosing your flooring material, it is certainly important. Hardwood floors, while providing a classic and beautiful look, are more expensive than their artificial counterparts. By the very nature of being an artificial and engineered material, luxury vinyl plank is much cheaper than real hardwood. For those looking for the same appearance of classical hardwood but without the price tag, LVP can certainly be a strong option to consider.


Appearance and Style


There is no denying the inherent beauty of natural hardwood floors. They have a classic look that will never go out of style. When it comes to natural appearance, engineered hardwoods have the edge. However, modern advancements in flooring manufacturing have made luxury vinyl plank flooring hard to differentiate from real hardwoods. More commodity vinyl plank cannot match the look of real wood floors, but luxury vinyl plank gets very close to the real deal. You can also get luxury vinyl plank flooring in different colors and patterns that are not naturally occuring in real wood, which gives you more design options for your home. In the looks department real hardwood flooring is hard to beat, but luxury vinyl plank is certainly catching up, and provides more customization options for homeowners with an eye for design.


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Why take our word for it? Visit our showroom and evaluate both options for yourself!


If you are debating between engineered real hardwood floors or vinyl plank flooring, come by our showroom and take a look at your options! If you want more information about flooring options, check out our comparison of luxury vinyl plank and luxury vinyl tile flooring to learn more about your options. Still have questions? We’re here to help! Call us at 919-477-9849 or contact us here online to speak to a friendly member of our Flooring By Design team!