Hardwood Flooring Vs. Vinyl Flooring

Author: PFNY Designs | | Categories: Custom Woodwork , Interior Designer , Kitchen Design , Semi-Custom Design


Hardwood isn’t the only choice for the look of hardwood flooring in your home. Rather, there are a variety of manufactured materials, such as vinyl wood flooring, which are designed to simulate the look of hardwood while also offering a number of beneficial characteristics that the natural material can not provide. At the same time, there are inherent properties of real wood flooring that no manufacturing process can fully mimic. When looking for a flooring solution, you need to consider the type of flooring that suits your current situation. You also have to think about the home area that needs the floor. In order to help you make a sound decision befitting your current situation, the experts at PFNY Designs have written down a few pointers that will help you make a wise decision between hardwood flooring vs. vinyl flooring.

A. Hardwood flooring
Hardwood flooring is a lasting, natural type of floor surface covering option made with different wood species like maple, oak, and mahogany, to name a few. There’s no need to mix wood with other materials when making this flooring. Several homeowners all across the world have been using hardwood flooring for centuries. This could be attributed to its versatility and undeniable visual appeal. It is also convenient for those interested in a more authentic flooring option.

Real hardwood floors can last a lifetime if properly taken care of. In addition, hardwood flooring enhances a property’s value. This makes it your best go-to option if you desire to make a massive profit from your upcoming home sale.

However, real hardwood floors are expensive to install and maintain. You have to dust hardwood floors regularly to avoid damage from scratches. You also need to use various products meant to enhance their durability, like protection from moisture damage. Additionally, it is not suitable for all rooms, i.e., bathrooms.

B. Vinyl flooring
Vinyl flooring is a synthetic flooring material that is durable, affordable, and easy to install. Vinyl flooring is a popular artificial flooring option. One sandwiches a few layers of various materials when creating it, including Polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Vinyl flooring is becoming increasingly popular due to its versatility, ability to hold up in moist environments, and realistic wood plank and stone tile appearance.

Vinyl flooring is more affordable and durable as the installation process is relatively simple, and they do not require additional care. One of the significant perks of vinyl flooring is that it is 100% waterproof. You can wash this flooring as many times as possible without worrying about water damage. When your kid spills drinks on it, mop it, and it’ll be as good as new.

Although vinyl flooring can last for a while, it’s not as durable as hardwood flooring. Anyone can easily cut this material. It’s also prone to dust damage. Once it suffers damage, the best you can do is replace it to achieve the initial attractive look.

The flooring solution you should install depends on various factors, including your budget, insulation, durability, and materials. Both vinyl and hardwood floors have their advantages and disadvantages, and you should know them before making your final choice. In our experience, most of our clients love hardwood flooring because of its rustic appearance and feel. But, if your home experiences high traffic, you’re looking for flooring for a commercial set up, a bathroom, or a basement, we say go with today’s new vinyl floors. On the other hand, if money is not a problem for you, install the durable, high-end hardwood floor. But, if you’re looking for a quick fix at the lowest price, the vinyl flooring material will work wonders for you.

For a leading interior designer to help you with your flooring selection, reach out to us at PFNY Designs. We offer full-service interior design, bathroom design, kitchen design, home interior design, cabinet design, as well as custom woodwork through our partnership with Harrison Custom Woodworking. We serve clients across North Providence, Newport, Narragansett, Wakefield, North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Warwick, Westerly, Jamestown, Middletown, Rhode Island, Westport, Boston, Marion, Milton, West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and the surrounding areas. For a complete list of our services, please click here. If you have any questions about interior design, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact us here. 

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