Comparing Hardwood vs. Waterproof - Which is Better for Your Home?
In writing this, the phrase, “It’s all in the details” comes to mind. When it comes to design decisions, we understand first-hand that there is so much to consider. We’re here to help make your flooring decisions as seamless as possible, without hesitation.
We’ve done some of the decision work already by narrowing down your product type selection to hardwood flooring and waterproof flooring(LVP/luxury vinyl plank, SPC, WPC).
Okay, cool…now what? Do you go with hardwood flooring or waterproof flooring?The choice from here ultimately depends upon your personal preferences, lifestyle, and spacial needs.
Don’t worry, we know you’re considering and juggling so much already so we’ve broken it down a bit for you.
Here are some factors to consider when choosing between hardwood flooring and waterproof flooring:
- Durability: Hardwood floors are durable and can last for decades when properly maintained. It’s important to remember that they are not waterproof and can be damaged by water. (Read our blog about safe DIY Cleaning Methods [here]). Waterproof flooring, on the other hand, is designed to withstand water and other liquids, making it a good choice for areas that are prone to spills or moisture like the kitchen, restrooms, laundry room. And, of course, waterproof flooring has its own manufacturing setbacks - material constitution, being sensitive to heat, lighting, and specific environments. Considering geographical climate is important here, too!
- Aesthetics: Hardwood floors are known for their classic and timeless appearance that bring warmth and elegant character to any space. When the first thing beneath your feet in the morning is organic and natural, there’s no telling what more greatness this can inspire in your life. Waterproof flooring comes in a variety of styles and designs mimicking nature, but will never be more than that - a mimicry of nature. Hardwood will always be #1 for aesthetics and design in our book.
- Maintenance: Hardwood floors require regular maintenance and true care such as routine sweeping and mopping with natural hardwood cleaner, and may need to be refinished or sanded over time. Waterproof flooring is generally lower maintenance and doesn’t require as much meticulous care.
- Cost: Notoriously, waterproof flooring has been more budget-friendly at a lower price-point due to its construction of lower-cost materials and its standing with supply and demand. Because of these factors, hardwood flooring is generally more costly than waterproof. However, these days, higher quality luxury vinyl plank is comparable in cost to high-quality hardwood flooring. And certainly worth a mention - hardwood will increase the value of your home monumentally greater than any other flooring type which gives you greater return on your investment.
- Lifestyle: For homes or spaces with extremely high, rambunctious traffic areas - if you have children or pets, or if you entertain frequently - waterproof flooring may be a better choice as it is more resistant to spills and stains. Hardwood floors, on the other hand, may be a better fit if you value a natural look and feel throughout the home. The flooring industry is ever-evolving and we have noticed a tremendous shift in focus back toward natural hardwood floors. This means hardwood flooring is being made stronger and better than ever.
Overall, both hardwood flooring and waterproof flooring have their advantages and disadvantages. Consider your lifestyle, budget, and preferences to make the best choice for your home. Our team at Lumberjack Direct is here to help you consider these choices - we also offer complimentary samples shipped to your door! We are here to help, just let us know how.