If It Looks Like Wood and Feels Like Wood...

Cortney Lindquist

In 2020 hardwood and other wood-look flooring was the preferred flooring in most homes. In fact, buoyed by advances in luxury vinyl plank (LVP) technology, the wood look has become so popular that many homeowners are converting their entryways, kitchen floors, and even powder rooms to these hard-surface floors. 

Luxury Vinyl Planks

Hardwood flooring is so beloved that now we have more and more alternative materials that can mimic the look and the feel of hardwood flooring. The most popular is engineered luxury vinyl with planks that look and feel like real hardwood. The technology has advanced so much that we see styles that are reminiscent of reclaimed or distressed wood.

LVP is waterproof, so it’s ideal  in areas that have issues with too much moisture or water (e.g., bathrooms, kitchens, and basements) and on top of concrete sub-floors where it can be inappropriate, difficult, or too-expensive to install solid hardwood flooring. Most LVP has a cork or rubber underlayment for some extra insulation and cushioning. It’s much thicker than the typical glue-down vinyl. It’s a technical breakthrough and an absolutely amazing product. 

LVP is becoming more and more mainstream, and many manufacturers are jumping on the bandwagon. This material category will most likely continue to explode because it meets all of the customers’ needs: it looks and feels great, while being durable and flexible. It’s also a floating floor, meaning it’s not nailed or glued down and can be easily installed on top of any existing flat-and-level surface, including tile.

Would you like to talk with us about hardwood or LVP? We’re here to help. Contact us at 920-984-3383, 800-354-9902 or info@ralphshardwood.com. Showroom appointments are available.

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