Vinyl VS Wood Flooring

Flooring is an important part of any internal space, whether it is your home, office or any commercial area, flooring is a vital part of your interior. 

Wood flooring also generally referred to as Timber flooring, as the name suggests is made up of natural wood. There are two categories of wood flooring; solid wood flooring and engineered wood flooring. The solid wood flooring can be further broken down into categories like hardwood flooring, rotary-peel, sliced-peel and so on.

Vinyl flooring is the type of flooring that is made up of synthetic cousin of linoleum. This flooring also has two categories. They are sheet flooring and tile flooring. With its cost efficiency and easy installation, it has become one of the most used flooring options available in the market. 


Flooring Comparison

We have compared both of these flooring options on various topics for your to allow an easy decision when choosing which flooring best fits your needs. 

Vinyl Floor Being Laid

Flooring Installation

Installation is a major part of the flooring. Wood flooring is hard to install and takes a while to be laid, as it requires professional help. Vinyl flooring is easy to install, but still needs a professional to fit effectively. It is cut and glued into place, then left to cure. 

For timeliness, Vinyl would be the preferred choice when looking at the installation process of the flooring.


Durability of The Flooring

Durability of wooden flooring depends on various factors like weather, congestion, type of wood used and so on. However, if it is looked after well this type of flooring can last for decades. Vinyl floor is durable, however, it can tear and get scratched due to their softness compared to the wooden flooring.

Wooden flooring would be the preferred choice for durability due to the hard and durable nature of the natural wood, making it longer lasting.

Coloured laminate flooring

Design and Appearance

Wood flooring has grain patterns that is individual to that piece of wood, this can give a natural look and feel to your home. Wooden flooring varies depending on the type of wood and the age of the tree, giving different grain patterns. Vinyl flooring has multiple design options and multiple colours to choose from, ready to fit any style or colour already in the home. 

For design, both materials are very attractive with a wide choice of designs available.


Environmentally Friendly

Wood flooring is made from wood so to produce this there has to be the cutting down of trees, all environmentally friendly wood will be FSC labelled. Vinyl flooring is made from an artificial synthetic substance. Wood flooring is environment-friendly and does not contain any harmful chemicals or substances. Vinyl flooring on the other hand does contain harmful chemicals and substances such as chlorine gas and phthalate related toxins.

From an environmental point of view, wooden flooring would preferable as it is a natural resource with no hash chemicals added.

Wood Flooring Colours

Cost Efficiency

Both of the flooring options have different price options according to the material and design you choose. Vinyl is more cost effective, buying high quality vinyl can be cheaper than buying medium to low quality wood flooring.

Apart from these features, you may like to think about the place where you are going to install the flooring. Installing different flooring according to the room and its use is also a factor to be considered. The places where there are chances of water being spilt, you should consider vinyl flooring as it is waterproof. Whereas, if you want your space to look smart and sophisticated like the drawing room of a cabin, you should consider installing wood flooring. 
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