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February 1, 2024

Why Do Preferred Flooring Customers Choose Hardwood Over LVP?

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With so many luxury flooring options to choose from, Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) has been a popular contender, offering versatility and style. However, at Preferred Flooring, we’ve observed a fascinating trend – many customers who initially express interest in LVP ultimately find their hearts captured by the timeless beauty of hardwoods or the practical charm of engineered wood flooring. In this blog, we explore the reasons behind this shift and shed light on the unique advantages of choosing hardwood or engineered wood for your home.

Exploring Flooring Options: Hardwood, Engineered Hardwood, and LVP

Choosing the perfect flooring involves understanding the distinctions between hardwood, engineered hardwood, and luxury vinyl plank (LVP). At Preferred Flooring, our design experts simplify the decision-making process for customers. Here is a quick breakdown: 

Natural Solid Hardwood:

  • Pros: Wide design variety, durability, hypoallergenic, adds home value, and refinishable.
  • Cons: High upfront cost, requires active maintenance, unsuitable for humid areas, and susceptible to scratches and environmental effects.

Engineered Hardwood:

  • Pros: Lower cost than solid hardwood, less sensitive to temperature and moisture, achieves the look of solid wood, and more stable structure.
  • Cons: Expensive upfront cost, limited resurfacing options, and requires maintenance for longevity.

Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) Flooring:

  • Pros: Wide design variety, waterproof, affordable, easy installation, water, and scratch-resistant. Another added benefit of LVP (or LVT) is that they are floating floors. This means glue, adhesive, or nails are not required for application and installation.
  • Cons: LVP is susceptible to dents and scratches. The most common issue is that most LVP products don’t make stair caps and treads in LVP, leaving you or your contractor to source or build custom boards into stair treads. 

Deciding Factors for Flooring Types

Making the right choice depends on various factors. Often our customers should consider things like: 

  • Lifestyle and Environment: Consider durability, scratch resistance, and environmental factors.
  • Past Experience with Products: Address water damage concerns, especially in moisture-prone areas.
  • Current Door Casings: Evaluate compatibility with existing structures.
  • Cost and Height of Existing Floor: Smooth transitions between flooring types are essential.
  • Maintenance: Assess day-to-day care and long-term maintenance requirements.
  • Waterproofing and Scratch Resistance: Prioritize these features based on your needs.
  • Overall Look and Feel: Align your flooring choice with your home’s style.

For expert advice on flooring selection, schedule an appointment at Preferred Flooring & Tile’s design center in Raleigh, NC.

The Enduring Appeal of Hardwood Flooring

While some of the previously mentioned deciding factors may tip the scale for our customers when choosing a flooring material, there are key concepts that usually drive our customers toward hardwood or engineered hardwood flooring: 

1. Elegance Beyond Trends:

Hardwood floors are the epitome of timeless elegance. The natural grains and textures add character to any space, and the variety of wood species allows you to choose a flooring solution that aligns perfectly with your aesthetic preferences.

2. Home Value Boost:

Investing in hardwood flooring can significantly enhance the value of your home. Potential buyers often view hardwood floors as a premium feature, making it a wise long-term investment.

3. Durability Unmatched:

Hardwood is renowned for its durability. When properly maintained, it can withstand the tests of time and still retain its original charm. With regular care and refinishing, hardwood floors can last for generations.

4. Healthy Living Environment:

Hardwood floors contribute to a healthier indoor environment. They don’t trap allergens like carpets can, making them an excellent choice for families with allergies or respiratory sensitivities.

Engineered Wood Flooring: A Modern Solution with Classic Charm

1. Stability in Varying Conditions:

Engineered wood is designed to combat the challenges that solid hardwood may face in areas with fluctuating humidity. Its layered construction provides stability, making it an ideal choice for basements or regions with varying climates.

2. Eco-Friendly Options:

Engineered wood often uses less hardwood than solid wood flooring, making it a more sustainable choice. If sustainability is a priority, there are engineered wood options with eco-friendly certifications.

3. Easy Installation and Maintenance:

Engineered wood flooring is often easier to install compared to solid hardwood, especially in settings where traditional hardwood may be impractical. Additionally, its protective layer makes it resistant to stains and easier to maintain.

4. Design Flexibility:

Engineered wood comes in a diverse range of styles, species, and finishes, providing flexibility for various design preferences. Whether you’re aiming for a rustic aesthetic or a modern look, there’s an engineered wood flooring option for you.

Navigating the Preferred Flooring Design Center Experience

At Preferred Flooring, we understand that choosing the perfect flooring involves a thoughtful and comprehensive approach. Our Design Center in Raleigh, NC, serves as the hub for crafting spaces that resonate with your vision and lifestyle. Here’s why our customers appreciate the journey:

1. Expert Guidance:

Our design team comprises experts who are passionate about flooring. They guide you through the array of choices, helping you understand the nuances of each flooring type and how it aligns with your unique needs.

2. Matching Furnishings with Flooring:

Achieving a harmonious look involves more than just selecting the right flooring. Our team assists you in matching furnishings, ensuring that every element in your space complements each other seamlessly.

3. Personalized Approach:

We recognize that every home is different, and so are the preferences of our customers. Our personalized approach ensures that your flooring journey is tailored to your specific requirements and style preferences.

Start Your Project with Preferred Flooring

To experience the transformative process of selecting hardwood or engineered wood flooring for your home, schedule an appointment with our team at the Design Center in Raleigh, NC. Discover the allure of timeless elegance and modern functionality as you unlock a world of possibilities for your home remodel or new build project.

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At Preferred Flooring, we don’t just offer flooring solutions; we curate experiences that redefine the way you perceive and live in your space. Your dream home awaits – let’s bring it to life together.

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