Luxury vinyl tiles and hardwood flooring advantages, disadvantages and differences

  Hardwood flooring has been around for a long time, so it has been known as the standard of floor materials. However, luxury vinyl tiles have come a long way, and when you explore the difference between today's luxury vinyl tiles and hardwood, it is clear that vinyl can compete with hardwood floors in many areas. Today, luxurious wooden design vinyl planks are a modern, beautiful, effective and affordable floor solution-even (in some cases, especially) compared to hardwood.
 

  In order to best illustrate the comparable characteristics of luxury vinyl tile floor and hardwood floor, let's divide the floor into five quantifiable quality:

  Appearance and style

  Durability and stability

  Impact on the environment

  Application field

  Cost

  Side by side, you may be surprised to find that luxury vinyl tiles are not only a suitable solution, but also a better solution-the best floor solution.

  Appearance and style

  Let's start with the obvious: the hardwood floor is eternally beautiful. Even vinyl floor makers will agree. However, the appearance and style of hardwood are limited by several factors, including, but not limited to, the availability of wood types and the convenience and possibility of customization and design.

  It should be noted that all of these factors are fundamentally driven by other factors (discussed later). In short, customers have to pay for every aspect of appearance and style, which is inherent in luxury vinyl tiles.

  The hardwood floor is undoubtedly beautiful. It has many colors, quality and styles. However, these styles are 2 to 3 times more expensive than luxury vinyl planks, which already include other appearances and styles that hardwood must buy.

  Luxury ethylene, on the other hand, avoids these price factors because of its nature. The appearance of vinyl group is essentially the photographic image layer between the backing and the transparent wear-resistant layer. With the continuous development and exponential development of digital photography and image editing / manipulation, advanced vinyl tile designers only need to shoot the type of wood (or any other theme) they need to create realistic products. The uniformity of luxury vinyl production process can also reduce costs.
 

  Of course, some people think that anyone can tell the difference between a real hardwood and a vinyl plank. With the development of technology behind photography and manufacturing, this situation is becoming less and less. In addition to the fact that these naturally realistic imaging can now be achieved through modern photography and editing technology, some luxury vinyl tile manufacturers have also used advanced printing technology to produce the texture of wear-resistant layers. This means that your vinyl plank not only looks like real hardwood, but also feels the same. Therefore, unless your customers closely check it, it is difficult to identify luxurious vinyl tiles from real hardwood.

  There is a clear difference between hardwood and vinyl wood designed by commercial wood. However, modern technology makes these differences extremely difficult on luxurious vinyl tile floors, which makes you get an almost perfect hardwood look at almost a fraction of the cost.

  Hardwood floor hard

  The wooden floor is always beautiful.

  There are many colors, qualities and styles.

  It could be two or three times more expensive than LVT.

  Luxury vinyl tile

  Due to technical reasons, the difference between hardwood and wood design LVT is very difficult to identify.

  Hardwood, which is close to perfection, accounts for only a fraction of the cost.

  Durability and stability

  Before discussing the durability and stability of vinyl and hardwood, we should define terms because they look very similar.

  Durability: the hardness of the floor-especially the wear-resistant layer at the top of the floor. The more durable the floor, the more it will be used.

  Stability: depends on the thickness of the whole and / or the composition of the layer and the quality of the material. Stable floor materials can be kept in shape and size to resist humidity and / or climate change.

  As a natural material, hardwood floors are damaged in durability and stability. Well-maintained hardwood floors need to be vigilant. Wood is a porous material that is vulnerable to liquid and climate, so it is not suitable for bathrooms or other rooms where sprinkler and moisture often occur. In addition, the only requirement for hardwood durability is in polyurethane coatings. This makes it very unsuitable for commercial or high-flow applications because of the need for regular cleaning and recoating.

  Hardwood can be sustainable and stable and needs to be maintained regularly. However, due to its porous properties and requirements for protective coatings, its application in low-moisture and low-traffic areas is limited.
 

  As a synthetic material, the luxurious vinyl floor is essentially moisture-proof and weather-resistant. For example, EnManSen's luxury vinyl material is made of high quality vinyl material, which is made through a multi-directional base under a flat hot pressing method. This provides the floor with the memory of maintaining flatness while maintaining appropriate humidity and temperature changes. Unlike hardwood, luxurious wooden vinyl boards also have a very hard, durable wear-resistant layer. Because of their durability, some warranty periods can be up to 20 years (and EnManSen products usually exceed their warranty period). The multi-layer luxury vinyl tile produced under huge heat and pressure makes it extremely durable and stable.

  Luxury vinyl tiles are very durable and stable and require little maintenance. Its wear-resistant layer makes it durable and applies to almost any situation. Most warranties are allowed to be used under commercial conditions.

  Hardwood flooring

  Hardwood floors are durable and stable.

  It needs to be maintained on a regular basis.

  It is only suitable for areas where moisture is not easy to get wet and low flow rate.

  Luxury vinyl tile

  Extremely durable and stable.

  Almost no maintenance.

  Hard wear-resistant layer makes LVT durable and suitable for almost any situation.

  Impact on the environment

  It seems that since hardwood is a natural material (a "renewable" resource) and ethylene is made from a synthetic material, the former will be the most environmentally friendly. That's not what happened. Although trees are technically renewable, deforestation far outweighs the limited efforts made to replant and reforest new trees.

  EnManSen luxury ethylene base board is composed of recyclable materials, recyclable and made of synthetic (PVC). Its main component is a very rich resource-salt. Vinyl floors do not need to keep cutting down sometimes rare and strange trees, but only take pictures of part of the trees.

  Hardwood flooring

  Although trees are technically renewable, deforestation far outweighs the limited efforts made to replant and reforest new trees.

  Luxury vinyl tile

  Is recyclable and consists of recyclable materials.

  Application field

  Wooden floors can be used in the commercial environment, but can only maintain uninterrupted maintenance. Its thin polyurethane coating is a substandard wear-resistant layer (especially compared with luxury vinyl tiles). For retail, companies and offices, continuous heavy traffic will require frequent, time-consuming and expensive maintenance. And in terms of hospitality and health care, wooden floors are not hygienic or durable enough. Hardwood is suitable for sports and residential purposes, but the cost alone is enough to deter any potential buyer.

  Although wooden floors can be installed in some of these applications, the impact of using wooden floors far outweighs the benefits.

  No matter what your design is, luxury vinyl tiles are the ideal floor solution for your next project. Its moisture resistance makes it very suitable for supermarket production areas or kitchens and bathrooms. The stability and durability of production make it available for commercial use in retail, hotel, medical, educational, residential and fitness places. And because of its unlimited custom options and easy-to-maintain functionality, each application is carefree and fully meets your needs-no compromise.

  When it comes to luxury vinyl floors and wooden floors, there is no side-by-side competition. Any suitable application of wood flooring is at least equal to or exceeding the cost of luxury vinyl.

  Hardwood flooring

  It can be used in a business environment, but it needs to be maintained on a regular basis.

  Suitable for sports and residential purposes, but expensive.

  Luxury vinyl tile

  Moisture proof.

  Stability and durability are suitable for commercial use.

  Unlimited customization.

  Cost

  The cost is not only the benchmark factor, the average hardwood floor cost is between $8 and $25 / sq. Feet to luxury vinyl $2: 5 per square foot. Feet, which is also a factor in increasing the price gap between luxury vinyl floors and wooden floors. In order to maintain hardwood correctly, process and repair it must take time and money. In order to buy the most environmentally friendly wood, the cost has multiplied. In addition to materials and maintenance, the installation and transport of hardwood floors may also increase costs.

  In the simplest words: the cheapest hardwood is more expensive than the top luxury vinyl tile, which has all the above advantages of the properties of the material itself.

  Hardwood flooring

  $8-$25 / square foot average cost.

  Regular maintenance and treatment costs.

  Luxury vinyl tile

  $2-$5 / square foot average cost.

  Minimum maintenance cost.

  Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and hardwood: Overview

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