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Vinyl Flooring VS Other Wooden Flooring

Wood vinyl flooring is a popular flooring choice for homeowners due to being inexpensive, sports a decent wood -like look and very functional. So how does it fare compared to actual wooden flooring – hardwood and laminate, which vinyl flooring is derived from? Here is a brief list to compare.

Durability
In the case of true wooden flooring, aka hardwood flooring, durability depends heavily on a variety of factors, from type of wood and finish, to level of maintenance; which means the wide difference between lasting for decades looking new, and looking decrepit within a few years.

Vinyl and laminate flooring, due to their nature as engineered products, are significantly less susceptible to the many problems plaguing hardwood, from scratches and dents, to pet and moisture issues. Typically speaking, both last anywhere between 15 to 20 years.

Maintenance
Despite the formidable -sounding name, hardwood flooring is susceptible to damage easily, and therefore, is high-maintenance. For hardwood flooring to last, it is essential to keep moisture out, take measures to avoid causing dents and scratches, and clean with the proper kind of cleaners.

Vinyl and laminate flooring on the other hand, require little maintenance, and cleaning can be sufficiently done with just sweeping, vacuuming and mopping with water. Laminate flooring, if not properly waterproofed, would require a little more attention in keeping moisture out; while vinyl flooring is 100% waterproof.

Installation
Installation of hardwood flooring ranges from very difficult to moderately difficult. Despite availability of pre-cut into tongue and groove planks, mistakes can still be difficult to fix and costly.

Laminate and vinyl flooring are both easy to install. Depending on brands and qualities, they might even come ready with adhesives underneath, eliminating need for glue. A utility knife in the case of vinyl, a saw in the case of laminates, as well as a damp sponge, are sufficient for installation if glue is not required.

Cost
Generally-speaking, depending on factors like type, durability and rarity, hardwood flooring can range from moderately expensive to very expensive. Unless experienced, hired professional help would be required for installation, further driving up cost.

Both laminate and vinyl flooring require less than half the cost needed to install hardwood flooring. Due to ease of installation, hired help would not be necessary, thus saving labour costs.

Comfort
Hardwood flooring is unparalleled in this department, as the warmth and texture of wood in its most natural state cannot be effectively simulated by engineered counterparts.

Laminate flooring is moderately comfortable to walk on, due to moderate thickness and wood content. Though not necessary, this could be made more comfortable with foam underlayment.

Vinyl flooring performs less desirably here and almost exclusively installed for functionality. If installed directly on a subfloor or concrete without underlayment, it would feel hard and cold.