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The array of choices for flooring can floor you. Options are available to fit any budget or style. Here, we look at the pros and cons of three flooring options: engineered hardwood, tile and luxury vinyl plank (LVP).

Engineered hardwood Flooring

As you might have guessed by its name, engineered hardwood doesn’t come straight from a tree. Rather, it’s a flooring product made up of several layers. The outer layer consists of hardwood veneer; this is a thin slice of pretty much any type of wood. The inner layers are hardwood, fiberboard or plywood.

“The core layers make the product more stable than regular hardwood, while the outer veneer surface adds beauty and authenticity,” HomeAdvisor explains[1] .

Pros of engineered hardwood:
  • Similar appearance to traditional hardwood
  • Extra stability for the floor
  • Natural look and feel
  • Lower cost than conventional hardwood
Cons of engineered hardwood:
  • Higher cost than carpet, laminate or tile
  • Susceptible to water damage and scratching
  • Shorter lifespan than conventional hardwood
  • Refinishing possible only once or twice

Tile “may be the only flooring material that truly works in any room of the house,” The Spruce says.

Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring

Made of multiple layers of vinyl, luxury vinyl plank looks like hardwood or stone. Pieces of luxury vinyl plank are able to be locked together rather than being glued to a surface.

Luxury vinyl plank “is an inexpensive way to breathe new life into a room. It’s gorgeous, is extremely durable, is affordable, and it comes in an endless array of colors and patterns,” according to Architypes.net.[4]

Pros of luxury vinyl plank:

  • Costs less than hardwood or tile
  • Easy to install and maintain
  • Waterproof
  • Lasts longer than laminate or basic vinyl

Cons of luxury vinyl plank:

  • Adds less to home value than hardwood
  • Not as eye-catching as real wood
  • Hard to replace damaged planks “Vinyl plank flooring is offered in hundreds of colors and patterns from the major flooring manufacturers,” The Spruce says. “Interior designers and real estate professionals regard it as a superior flooring to sheet vinyl and laminate flooring … .”[5]