LVT flooring and wooden flooring have too many similarities that it leaves homeowners in a dilemma over which one to choose. In spite of their similarities in terms of design options, durability and elegance, they have differences too. While LVT flooring is manufactured from raw materials, wooden flooring is made from natural materials. As too many factors are involved in choosing the flooring material, choosing the right one is always a tough decision. Apparently, hardwood and LVT work well together in different commercial settings. It is only that you need to have a good understanding of how they work. This article compares the two materials in terms of quantifiable qualities
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Look and Style
Hardwood has been in use for a long time because of its timeless look. But LVT technology is gaining popularity because of its beauty and durability as well. Both of them come with number of design options. But the difference in materials can influence the design decision to a great extent. For example, the hardwood planks are longer than LVT planks to make a huge difference in how you design the floor. That apart, when real hardwood in involved, you need to consider the knots and grain patterns also. However, as LVT is digitally designed, achieving the exact look is possible for an easily repeatable pattern. Certain wood species, though beautiful are not durable enough to last longer. For example bamboo flooring is used in spas but it is not that long lasting. On the other hand, LVT flooring with bamboo style design is very much possible through digital photography and image manipulation techniques.
Durability and Stability
While wood is naturally durable, LVT is manufactured to last longer. With time, wood undergoes natural decaying process but LVT is manufactured to be durable. Therefore it needs strict testing for it to be used for commercial purpose. Wood is naturally durable and is made much more durable by applying additional coatings or waxe to protect the outer layer. However, it decays faster in environments that are moist and are subjected to constant temperature change. Bathrooms, laundry areas and kitchens are vulnerable to moisture and can damage the wooden floors easily. On the other hand, LVT being a synthetic material is resistant to moisture and frequent changes in climate. It can withstand a reasonable amount of moisture and temperature changes. As it is created under great heat and pressure, LVT layers will make sure it is durable under heavy use. Because of its hard outer layer, it is long-lasting and is used in all situations.
Hardwood flooring and LVT are used in almost all the commercial environments. Though they can be used invariably in settings like hospitality, retail, corporate, there are a few exceptions. Although hardwood lends elegance and timelessness, it is not suitable for moist ridden areas like kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms. LVT, by virtue of its synthetic nature, is suitable for commercial use in retail, hospitality, healthcare, educational, residential and fitness settings.
After considering all the pros and cons of the materials, you might be wondering which one would prove cost effective. Irrespective of the differences, the high-end materials come with a price tag. Henderson Flooring understands all your concerns and therefore provides all its clients a competitive and reasonable quote.