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Wood Floor Installation

Pros: Wood has a natural warmth and it is extremely resistant because It can be sanded and refinished several times. Another advantage is that their warranty comes from the factory, not the installer, giving you the reputability of a big company standing behind its product.

Cons: Solid wood will expand and contract with varying humidity levels and can dent easily. Some species can show wear quickly and become discolored from sunlight. Note that  wood flooring is not a good choice for basements and other damp spaces.

Engineered Wood Installation

Pros: Engineered wood is comprised of thin layers of plywood and a solid wood veneer on top. Because it can usually endure higher levels of humidity, engineered wood will be less likely to expand when compared with solid wood flooring, which makes it a cost-effective choice.

Cons: Just like solid wood, it dents easily. However, depending on the thickness of the veneer, some engineered wood flooring can be refinished as many times as solid hardwood flooring. However, most can be refinished only once or twice, and some can never be refinished.

Laminate Installation

Pros: Laminate flooring is a hybrid floor covering made of particleboard wood. Laminate is resistant to scratch, fade, and is easy to clean. Its durability allows for the absorption of heavy traffic, making it an ideal flooring choice for active families with kids and pets running around. Another advantage of laminate is that it mimics everything and it is a cost efficient choice. Some brands use a cork backing underneath, which they claim can help muffle sound. The best laminates resist scratching and discoloration from sunlight better than most wood products. It can be extremely tough stuff.

Cons: This product  is not recommended for areas with high moisture such as  bathrooms and kitchens.  In terms of durability, you might be able to touch up minor flaws, but you’ll have to replace the flooring once its top layer has worn through because it can’t be sanded like wood.

 
 
 
 
 

Vinyl Installation

Pros: The biggest advantage of vinyl plank flooring is the fact that it is 100% water resistant. This makes it the ideal flooring solution for spaces such as basements, kitchens, and bathrooms, It is a great option busy for spaces where spills are likely to occur.  Vinyl flooring can be installed on nearly any sub-floor, with the thicker floors being forgiving to imperfect sub-floors. The affordability, durability and appearance makes vinyl plank flooring a great option without the price tag of real wood or tile.

Cons: Despite its durability, vinyl flooring is  softer than most laminates, hardwoods and tiles. Vinyl flooring can be punctured easily with very sharp objects, so it might not resist to dropping a kitchen knife or sliding a metal leg chair on top of it. Vinyl flooring also has a different top coat than a laminate. This top coat is not UV resistant and can show signs of fading or discoloration over time. In this case, it is recommended to limit sunlight during the day.

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