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FLOORING TYPES

How to choose the right type of flooring for your home

HARDWOOD vs LAMINATE vs LUXURY VYNIL

One of the most common debates in the flooring industry is, which is better: luxury vinyl vs. laminate? Both types of flooring offer distinct cost and maintenance advantages over expensive natural materials such hardwood and tile. Both laminate and vinyl also offer durability, health and aesthetic advantages over traditional carpet flooring.

PROS and CONS

HARDWOOD FLOORING

PROS:

- Easy to install.
- Low maintenance.
- Inexpensive.
- Looks like hardwood or tile.

CONS:

- Cannot sand or refinish damaged planks.
- Sometimes slippery.
- Not waterproof
- Can look “fake”.
- Does not improve resale value. 

LAMINATE FLOORING

PROS:

- Easy to install.
- Low maintenance.
- Inexpensive.
- Looks like hardwood or tile. 

CONS:

- Cannot sand or refinish damaged planks.
- Sometimes slippery.
- Not waterproof
- Can look “fake”.
- Does not improve resale value.

LUXURY VINYL FLOORING

PROS:

- Easy to install.
- Low maintenance.
- Inexpensive.
- Looks like hardwood or tile.

CONS:

- Cannot sand or refinish damaged planks.
- Sometimes slippery.
- Not waterproof
- Can look “fake”.
- Does not improve resale value.