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Want a Hardwood Floor Look without Breaking the Bank? Go For Luxury Vinyl Flooring!

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Karl Batson
Head of Operations
Last Updated: 14 March 2024
Total read time: 3 min

It’s no surprise hardwood flooring has been the first choice for homeowners for a long time. However, as people look for cheaper, durable, rustic-chic alternatives, luxury vinyl tiles are emerging as a clear winner!

Luxury wood design vinyl planks are gaining increasing popularity because of the significant difference in cost, resistance to moisture, easy installation—and not to mention the aesthetically pleasing look.

Experts claim that vinyl flooring gives you the durability of laminate flooring and the look of hardwood floors—for a fraction of the cost!

To best illustrate the comparable characteristics of hardwood flooring vs. luxury vinyl tiles, we break down the two flooring solutions into quantifiable quantities:

  • Look & Style
  • Environmental Impact
  • Cost

You may be surprised to find that luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) aren’t just a suitable solution, but a preferred one.

Look & Style of LVT Flooring

There’s no denying that hardwood flooring is timelessly beautiful. However, its look and style are limited by the availability of the desired wood species and the possibility of design and customization.

The look of luxury vinyl tiles, on the other hand, is essentially a natural-realistic imaging of the real wood species. With evolving technologies in manufacturing, photography and printing techniques, LVT manufacturers are even able to create layer textures. This means that these tiles not only look like hardwood floors, but they feel like them too!

Environmental Impact of Wood

Since luxury vinyl tiles are made from synthetic material PVC and hardwood floors are made from natural ‘renewable’ resources, it may seem that the latter is more eco-friendly; however, that’s not the case. Even though trees are technically renewable, studies show that replanting efforts don’t compensate for the loss of existing forests.

Conversely, the main component of PVC salt is an abundant resource.

So, instead of cutting down exotic trees, doesn’t taking a photograph of a part of a rare tree seem like the better option?

Cost of Wood vs LVT

Not only do hardwood floors cost more per m2 but they also increase the price gap in terms of maintenance, treatment and refinishing. What’s more, costs rise exponentially when manufacturers are required to procure environmentally-conscious woods. In addition to the upkeep and material, transportation and installation of wood also adds to the cost.

Simply put, even the cheapest hardwood flooring solution will cost you more than premium-quality luxury vinyl tiles.

So, what are you waiting for? Get your hands on our top-of-the-line 100% waterproof luxury vinyl tiles. We have thousands of different patterns and designs that you can choose from to meet your personal flooring designs.

We also offer laminate flooring and carpet floor tiles for sale!

Contact us today for more information.

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Karl Batson - Head of Operations

I have 5 years experience in the flooring industry and plenty more experience in managing operations of businesses. I have a great desire and passion for ensuring all operations from top to bottom run as they should. The flooring industry brings many challenges within my job role that I thrive on and with our vast range of brands and products every day is an exciting day.

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