High quality flooring completes a room. It is important to explore all options before choosing what flooring is right for your home and each room. If you are considering hard flooring over carpet, one of the biggest questions to ask yourself is what is best: wood flooring or luxury vinyl tiles? Our guide helps answer a some of your questions.
Let’s start with the cost. The price of hard flooring is fairly comparable with that of tiles or carpet. Where you gain value is often in the longevity of hard flooring, such as luxury vinyl tiles. Whilst the initial costs may be similar, luxury vinyl flooring should provide you with a lower cost per year of use. The lower comparable cost means that if you are carrying out a full refurbishment on your property, you will be saving money over the long-term.
Where luxury vinyl has some advantages over hardwood floors, is that hardwood requires regular polishing every three to four years to maintain its finish, especially if it is high traffic area. This maintenance can add to the costs of a hardwood floor.
Making sure you choose a durable option for your flooring is essential. High quality, luxury vinyl flooring is usually the most sustainable due to it being made of a strong plastic. Vinyl flooring can cope with wear and tear better than wood flooring and carpets, such as spillages and footfall. Real wood can be more susceptible to damage over time due to its natural material.
Wood flooring provides less cushioning than vinyl flooring which means anyone walking in heels or scraping chairs along the floor will damage the flooring. In addition, it requires treatment to keep it in good condition.
Luxury vinyl tiles are relatively easy to lay, although we do advise you seek advice/assistance from a professional before doing so. Wood flooring is often a little trickier to install as it is harder to cut into the nooks and crannies of your floor plan.
Brookside has an expert, specialist fitting team that will aid you when laying down your flooring.
Your main contact point with flooring is your feet, so it needs to be comfortable to walk on. Although it is just a practicality, it is definitely worth considering. Dependant on the thickness of vinyl flooring, you should feel more cushioned underfoot than with wooden flooring.
Luxury vinyl flooring is often warmer due to the thickness it can come in than wooden flooring. Wooden flooring is usually cooler due to it having more cracks and less padding.
Due to being made of plastic, vinyl flooring is very water tight. No matter how much water you throw at vinyl flooring, the only thing you will achieve is a very clean floor. Kitchens, bathrooms and utility rooms are the best place for vinyl flooring as they are all susceptible to getting wet.
Wood flooring, on the other hand, is not water resistant. Although you may be able to mop the floors you will need to ensure that you polish it every three to four years to keep its protective coating on. It also means that if any water gets underneath the wood flooring, it could start to rot from the bottom up and could cause problems later down the line.
Be sure that the quality of joints and fittings are correct when purchasing wood flooring to ensure that you have the right tightness to increase its durability.
If you want a more traditional look, then wooden flooring is a good choice. However, vinyl flooring is available in so many choices and styles that it is easy to replicate the aesthetic qualities of wood – and they look is very realistic. Not only can you create a traditional look with vinyl flooring, there is also the option to create amazing modern looks too in different colours and designs.
Speak to an expert to find out more about our flooring options here.