There’s something special about the look of hardwood floors -- they’re classic, they look great with any design, and they bring a gorgeous natural element into any space. The one major downside of hardwoods, though, is their price tag! Fortunately, there’s good news for all the budget-conscious wood floor lovers out there: luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring has come a long way in replicating the look and feel of hardwood floors at a significantly lower price.
In its early days, vinyl flooring that looks like hardwood was a sad imitation of the original. Real wood planks boast plenty of natural color variability, inconsistent knots, and grain markings, but vinyl or laminate floors didn’t quite hit the realism mark. We’re happy to report that modern LVP flooring is nearly indistinguishable from the real deal, and it comes with some clear advantages over hardwoods.
Hardwood flooring installation can take days to complete depending on your floor plan, whether stairs are included, and whether you’re using factory finished wood. That doesn’t even include the 5 - 10 days recommended for your hardwoods to acclimate to your space before installation begins. Luxury vinyl plank flooring installation can generally be completed by professional installers in just one day!
While wood floors need to be protected from water exposure at all costs, LVP is completely waterproof, making it ideal for installation in kitchens, bathrooms, entryways, and laundry rooms. And once it’s installed, you don’t have to purchase expensive specialized cleaning products or budget for periodic refinishing. But perhaps best of all....
On average, LVP costs one-third less than hardwood flooring!
If you’re a fan of hardwoods, you’re going to love the look (and price) of luxury vinyl plank flooring. And it won’t hurt when time after time, guests in your home exclaim, “Wow! I love your wood floors!” Check out the gorgeous selection of LVP available at MyFlooring and Get Comfortable with the new way to buy flooring for your home.
The winter holidays will be here soon, and one thing that goes hand in hand with this time of the year is gathering with family. If you’ll be hosting relatives this winter season, you may wonder what you can do to make it a beautiful, welcoming space for visitors. Consider getting your house ready for the holidays with new flooring. The good news is that if you book installation soon, you can breathe fresh life into your home with time to spare before Thanksgiving!
The average homeowner typically pays $2 to $8 per square foot for carpet and installation, with factors such as thickness, durability, softness and carpet pad influencing the price. You should expect to pay more for higher quality carpet but beware of paying a higher price for a name brand (but an inferior product) or getting charged additional fees on top of your project quote for things like moving furniture or the disposal of your old carpet.
With the birth of HGTV and the home renovation show, people started ripping up the linoleum that covered their original hardwood floors, and the hardwood look became the ideal for hard-surface flooring. The beauty of hardwoods is undeniable, but over time, people began to recognize its shortcomings - it’s expensive to install and repair, scratches easily, and is very susceptible to water damage.