FLOORING 411: LVP VS. LAMINATED WOOD

If you love the look of real wood, but need a surface that will stand up to all your two- and four-legged family members will throw at it, you’ve probably considered luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring.

LVP can be a great choice for homes with kids, pets and high-traffic areas. But if you’re looking for flooring that can hold its own and looks like real wood in natural light, laminated wood might be the better pick for you.

WHAT IS LAMINATED WOOD FLOORING?

First off: If the word “laminate” makes you think of 70s hues and cracked, peeling tile in a fixer-upper’s dark and dingy kitchen, think again.

The laminated wood floors in our NOVO COLLECTION are designed to look just like real wood – in fact, they’re made with the same solid hardwood core as our SOLO COLLECTION. However, unlike real wood floors, NOVO’s laminated surface and multi-layer construction provide added resistance to wear, stains and heavy traffic.

WHAT IS LVP FLOORING?

LVP, or luxury vinyl plank, flooring also features added benefits like scratch-, dent- and moisture-resistance, but in a fully synthetic, multi-layer construction. The highly realistic styles in our EVO COLLECTION resemble real wood and offer unmatched durability and performance.

These might be “fake” hardwoods, but their luxurious look – and bonus benefits – are very real.

WHAT ARE THE MAIN DIFFERENCES BETWEEN LAMINATED WOOD AND LVP?

The laminated wood styles in our NOVO COLLECTION feature a hybrid design, meaning they feature a real wood core and a laminate veneer. LVP, by comparison, features fully synthetic, multi-layer construction.

The most notable difference is how each product looks in bright light. As you can see in the side-by-side comparison below, laminated wood looks most like real wood in natural light:

Keep your light in mind when weighing your choices between laminated wood and LVP.

Finally, our laminated wood floors are all made in the U.S.

WHERE SHOULD I USE LAMINATED WOOD VS. LVP?

Both flooring types are kid- and pet-friendly, and good options for any high-traffic area like utility or mud rooms, play areas, kitchens, bathrooms and gathering spaces.

Sometimes, it’s simply a matter of picking the flooring type that’s available in your desired design, color and aesthetic. However, for optimal looks in areas with bright, natural light – we recommend laminated wood over LVP.

SHOP LAMINATED WOOD & LVP FLOORS

Ready to explore our laminated wood and LVP flooring options? Contact us to schedule your free estimate with a professional flooring expert, or shop the NOVO and EVO collections now.