Homeowners in the St. Louis, MO area often have natural hardwood at the top of their flooring list. However, real hardwood floors can often carry a bigger price tag than other flooring options. For homeowners who are more budget conscious, our experts at Floor Coverings International Arch City recommend wood vinyl flooring as an amazing alternative to solid hardwood floors.
What Exactly is Wood Vinyl Flooring?
Vinyl flooring is composed of several layers of materials, including polyvinyl chloride (PVC) chips, fiberglass, foam gel, and urethane. It’s the pattern layer that gives vinyl floors their wood look. The wood vinyl pattern layer is made by using special 3D printing technology, as a high definition hardwood photograph is printed right onto the surface. One of our favorite things about vinyl wood flooring is the sheer variety of options available. Homeowners can achieve nearly any type of wood they can imagine, like rustic hardwood, dark hardwood, maple hardwood, and more.
How is Vinyl Wood Flooring Cut?
It’s possible to have a wood look vinyl floor that is made of sheet vinyl or vinyl tiles. However, our experts at Floor Coverings International Arch City suggest you choose vinyl plank flooring because it will most closely emulate the real planks of hardwood flooring. Take a look at the picture above. Those aren’t real hardwood planks but rather wood vinyl planks.
Why Should You Choose Wood Vinyl Flooring?
There are a number of reasons to select wood vinyl flooring as your next flooring choice. Here are a few:
- Wood vinyl flooring has more water resistance than hardwood flooring. Solid hardwood floors can suffer from water damage which causes warping and cupping. A vinyl floor will not experience the same effects.
- Wood vinyl flooring is more durable than hardwood flooring. Hardwood flooring can be prone to scratching and stuffing, which may eventually require some refinishing. Vinyl flooring is not as easily damaged with daily wear and tear.
- Wood vinyl flooring is less expensive than real hardwood flooring. Vinyl flooring will cost significantly less in materials and installation.
Still not sure about whether vinyl wood flooring is the right fit for you? Give our experts at Floor Coverings International Arch City a call at the number below. We can help you visualize the perfect flooring for your home and even give you a free in-home estimate. We proudly serve the St. Louis, MO area.