The Ultimate Vinyl vs. Hardwood Showdown

The Ultimate Vinyl vs. Hardwood Showdown

Greece vs. Egypt, Sith vs. Jedi, the colonies vs. England. These are some of the most dramatic rivalries of all time, but they don’t come close to the battle between Luxury Vinyl and Hardwood flooring. Today we’re putting this bitter rivalry to rest with the ultimate comparison. We’re looking at cost, style, usage, durability, customization, all of it. So let’s jump right in with the ultimate Vinyl vs. Hardwood Showdown!

Cost

Everyone’s putting their bets on this one, we’re starting with what should be a clear battle for the Vinyl. Since quality of vinyl varies so much, we’re only looking at luxury vinyl. We took the average cost of both and here are the results:

Luxury Vinyl: $3-11 per square foot

Hardwood: $8-25 per square foot

Of course the winner goes to luxury vinyl but not by much. The race is much closer, and if you don’t play the game right, you can actually pay more for luxury vinyl than for hardwood!

Environmental Impact

Both of these materials have the potential to make mother nature shriek. But they also both have green options, it all depends on the material and manufacturer you buy.

Hardwood is the more natural option of the two but by virtue of being made of wood, they tend to contribute to deforestation, a major issue today as forests and rainforests are dwindling at a terrifying rate around the world. There are greener options made of recycled materials however, and if you’re careful about getting an ethical manufacturer, you can limit your carbon footprint.

Luxury vinyl obviously does not grow on trees, they don’t contribute to deforestation but do carry a significant carbon footprint. Green options of this floor are available as well. They are recyclable and you can you also have the option to buy recycled vinyl as well.

Our verdict? It depends on the manufacturer. Both can be great or terrible for the environment.

Durability

This one used to be a no brainer. Cheap vinyl doesn’t last and will look gross after a few years. But luxury vinyl has gone a long way. Can it beat hardwood though? Let’s find out.

Hardwood

Hardwood is one of the most durable floors out there, as long as you take care of it. Hardwood aften lasts 25 years or more, but the amount of time and effort for maintenance should be considered.

Vinyl

Vinyl also lasts over 25 years but not that much more, whereas some hardwood does have the potential to last a whole lifetime. That said, 25 years is still a long time, and warranties often go up to 20 years. There’s also less maintenance required.

Style

This one is obviously the most subjective. We aren’t going to say which one overall looks nicer, but we’re going to look at stuff like how customizable each flooring type is, what options are available, and where these floors can be used.

Vinyl

Vinyl is much more customizable than hardwood. The image of wood is basically a picture of wood printed on the vinyl. Then there’s also material to make it feel like hardwood as well if you want to match that look as much as possible.

Vinyl also works well anywhere. You don’t have to worry about moisture or maintenance. It works great in commercial and home spaces.

Hardwood

Hardwood is obviously much less customizable because instead of a picture, it’s the real deal. Authenticity has a price however, you have to be aware of moisture levels and spend more on maintenance. But while sometimes luxury vinyl comes close, good hardwood will always look like good hardwood.

Conclusion

So who wins? Well, it’s up to you, luxury vinyl is a wonderful and valuable alternative to hardwood, but if you’re looking for something timeless, beautiful, and authentic, and aren’t worried about the extra price, hardwood’s the way to go.

3 Floors with the Best Return on Investment

When you’re looking to replace your home’s floor, you want the best return on investment you can get. Your floor is so crucial, not just because it’s the ground you stand on, but because it helps to determine the value of your home-to yourself over time, and for when you sell. When we talk about return on investment, yes there’s the actual investment into your home’s monetary value, but you must also consider what returns you get personally from making such an investment. Does the floor damage over time? Will it stay in style? Does it fit with your home?

All of these questions and considerations also have a direct result on the value of your home. When purchasing a home, the type of floor, its age, and its durability are huge considerations that can increase the price of your home. Even if you don’t plan on selling any time soon, the selling value of your home should always be considered in any home improvement project.

So when considering flooring options, you want to look at what’s in style, what’s valuable, and whether the investment is worth the cost. Let’s get right into it, here are 3 floors with the best return on investment.

Hardwood

Hardwood floors are by far the most popular option for any homeowner. They are known for their stylistic design and their durability, given that they can be sanded down and repolished. Not to mention that with new technology, hardwood floors can also be more environmentally friendly and adaptable to damp environments more so than before.

The type of hardwood is a harder decision, and that is where your personal style and flavor comes in. It’s hard to predict what styles will stay in style, although we can recommend you avoid older styles of hardwood. Larger boards, cool colors, texture, and matte finish are all very popular options that will give your home more value and a chic, modern look to your home.

Vinyl

If you’re looking for a hardwood look but at a cheaper cost, a good alternative luxury vinyl. Vinyl is not what it used to be. You can buy some vinyl tiles at a much lower cost that looks exactly like hardwood. It will not give you the same return as real hardwood, but it’s a more affordable solution that will still increase the value of your home and give you the look you want.

Laminate Flooring

As we said, hardwood floors are by far the most popular option. Therefore it’s no surprise that the other flooring options with a high return on investment are hardwood alternatives. Laminate floors are wood pressed at high temperatures. They’re about 50% cheaper than hardwood floors and damage less easily. Like vinyl, you will invest less, and gain less, but you will still increase the resale value of your home with laminate flooring.

Anytime you’re looking to change your floor, never forget about the resale value of your home. However, don’t let it keep you from building the perfect home for you.

4 Up and Coming Flooring Trends

If you’re thinking of redesigning your floor and are looking for design ideas, these new trends could provide some inspiration. Overall, we are making a trend away from tradition and more towards newer and more creative styles. But above all, the main drive for new flooring trends are about durability and environmental impact. Here are four up and coming flooring trends

Environmentally Friendly Floors

Green flooring is among the most popular flooring trends and we’re expecting it to stay! Installing a new floor can have a greater environmental impact than you may think. While hardwood flooring is still by far the most popular choice for new floors, they do carry a major environmental effect. It promotes deforestation, and while they last for a while, they are more susceptible to water damage.

Environmentally friendly alternatives like vinyl, bamboo, cork, or any other floors made of recycled material are growing very quickly, and may soon become standard.

Waterproof floors

Along with making flooring environmentally friendly, homeowners also want to protect their homes from environmental disasters as much as possible. With more floods, storms, stronger hurricanes, and environmental instability homeowners are realizing how much risk these can do to their homes and want to take steps to mitigate that as much as possible.

And with scientific progress, we are able to provide almost any floor design you want, including carpet, a waterproof version. We also expect these designs to continue development so that they become cheaper and even more durable over time.

Vinyl

Vinyl is not what it used to be. Today vinyl has been developed enough so that there is almost no distinction from hardwood. You can have the luxury of a hardwood floor with one of the cheapest and more environmentally friendly materials.

One of the most popular options with vinyl is to have a laminate dark and large-board hardwood floor look. Dark hardwood is in style right now and vinyl is an excellent way to make it affordable too! The only downside is that vinyl doesn’t last as long as hardwood, and it will not be as helpful in increasing the value of your home, but it won’t hurt your home either!

And of course, there are waterproof options available too.

Varying Texture

Texture is very much in style, and it’s all about hardwood. Whether you actually want real hardwood or not, many alternatives are made in a way that mimics hardwood. Everyone wants a hardwood floor. And the type of hardwood that is most popular are textured wood, and varying styles and colors. A single uniform look is less desired now in favor of a more personalized and unique look you get from varied flooring.

Hopefully, these trends give you a better understanding of your options, and when you’re ready to get started, you can call us and we’ll give you a consultation on the best flooring option for you!.

4 Cheap Alternatives to Hardwood

Hardwood floors are not for everyone. Sometimes your budget doesn’t allow for it, sometimes your floor is too elevated, sometimes you’re worried about possible flooding and moisture, perhaps you’re concerned about the environmental impact. There are many, many reasons to avoid a hardwood floor. But you must admit they are beautiful.

So what can you do when you want the look of hardwood without using hardwood? Well, we’re here with 4 cheap alternatives!

High-Quality Vinyl

Over the years the quality of vinyl has increased tremendously. High-quality vinyl is still cheaper than hardwood but will give the same effect and the best part? It’s waterproof! This little feature can save you thousands in case of a flood or if you’re in a high moisture area like Northern Virginia.

Bamboo Floor

Bamboo’s a grass. It’s a little more versatile than hardwood, has less environmental impact, looks nice, and is cheaper! It does have some drawbacks though. They scratch easier than hardwood floors and the scratches are more noticeable. They also don’t last nearly as long and they don’t hold up to water (after all, it’s technically a floor made of grass). But if you love the design, which is both pleasant and unique, it may work in some apartments, especially if you don’t have pets or wear shoes inside.

Cork Floor

Cork is another one that has been gaining popularity lately. The cool thing about cork is that it’s not as hard as the other option, there’s a little bit of shock absorption. That makes it great for places where you’re always walking around like the kitchen, or if you have a little one in the home. It does look slightly different from hardwood, some folks don’t like it, but many say it’s trendy.

Tile

Tile is one of the most conventional alternatives to hardwood. By now there are thousands of designs you can choose from to give the illusion of hardwood on your floors. The good news is that this is also waterproof, and highly versatile. We highly recommend this type of floor for basements.

We hope this list proves that you can have the floor you want even with financial and practical implications. What you don’t want to do to save money, however, is do the floor yourself. Investing in a qualified professional will make sure your floors are installed properly and efficiently, otherwise, you risk making a very expensive mistake, and not saving that much money after all.

 

Keep Your Floors Clean During Your Fourth of July Party!

Keep Your Floors Clean During Your Fourth of July Party!

Summer party season is here! The Fourth of July is the biggest and best reason to throw a summer shindig. Big parties cause big messes!  Be prepared to deal with messy kids from running through the sprinkler, lots of guests tracking dirt in and out from the outdoor BBQ to the indoor space, along with spilled drinks, apple pie, hamburgers, hot dogs, and BBQ ribs. Kruper Flooring has you covered with some handy tips to clean up spills for many different types of flooring.

There will be a lot of traffic in between the backyard and the kitchen or living room for your Fourth of July party. One of the best tips to keep any type of flooring clean is to place door mats on both the inside and the outside of the exits. This will greatly reduce the amount of dirt and debris that’s tracked onto your floors. Door mats are easier to clean, and much cheaper to replace. Encourage guests to stay outside as much as possible, and if they have to come in, request that they take off their shoes.

CERAMIC TILE – Wipe up spills quickly on ceramic tile, especially acidic foods like BBQ sauce. The tiles will not soak up any stain, but the grout can! Use a soft damp mop to clean. String mops are the best kind 5 1 7 225x300 - Keep Your Floors Clean During Your Fourth of July Party!because the strands can get into the grooves to clean the grout where the dirt really tends to stick. Make sure not to use any abrasive cleaners or tools because they could scratch the glaze on the tiles.

VINYL – Vinyl floors are quick and easy clean up! Get those spills cleaned up as soon as possible with paper towels. Once the excess is cleaned off, hit it was either a cleaner specific to vinyl, or a gallon of hot water mixed with a cup of apple cider vinegar.

6 13 10 225x300 - Keep Your Floors Clean During Your Fourth of July Party!HARDWOOD – Your hardwood floors need special care to stand the test of time. If you need a quick clean up, use your broom to clean up debris with a broom or a vacuum with the floor brush attachment. Never use the beater brush on your hardwood floors, as this can cause damage. Clean up those messy spills as soon as possible so that the stain doesn’t set. Then use a commercial grade wood floor cleaner. Make sure not to put too much excess water on the floor, this can cause water spots or warping. Wipe up excess water with a soft towel.

CARPET – Similar to any other flooring types, spills on your carpet need to be cleaned up right away to prevent them from setting in. If a party guest spilled and you didn’t notice it until much later, use a small amount of hydrogen peroxide on the stain. After letting it sit for 3-5 minutes, dab it (do not rub it in) with a damp cloth to absorb any of the spill.

SLATE – For slate floors, an easy paste of baking soda and water works wonders for acidic stains like ketchup, juice, BBQ sauce or wine. For more stubborn stains, try scrubbing with a soft bristled brush and a bit of rubbing alcohol.

No matter what type of floor you have, Fourth of July parties are going to bring lots of people and potential spills and dirt into your home. Help combat stains and damage by placing mats at entrances, encouraging guests to take their shoes off, and cleaning up any spills or dirt as soon as they occur. If you’ve got some stubborn stains or any questions about cleaning your floors, contact us right away!