Hardwood vs Vinyl – What’s The Best Option for Your Home?
Let’s be honest: kids and pets are wonderful but are terrible for your floors. Only for the very few, are most floors chosen solely based on looks. Without threats of wear and tear, we’d be free to choose softwood and less durable materials for our homes, but we’d miss our pets, and who wouldn’t want to witness a baby’s first walk on solid maple?
If you’re a parent or pet owner, you probably want to shop for flooring that will stand the test of time against spills, scratches, and accidents, while keeping your family comfortable and safe. At Harris Home, we have a selection of flooring that fits any need. While picking out durable flooring, keep these factors in mind:
- Scratch resistance
- Water resistance
It’s not true that safe flooring for children and pets must look unsightly or unfashionable, there are plenty of modernized options available now, like custom luxury vinyl, exclusively sold at Harris Home.
Luxury vinyl flooring is one of the most versatile flooring options you can find. Usually labeled as LVP (luxury vinyl planks) or LVT (luxury vinyl tile), this flooring option comes in a wide variety of patterns and colors and is easy to clean. Depending on the type you choose, it is water resistant or waterproof, so you can clean up spills and accidents with ease. Luxury vinyl is also scratch and stain-resistant. This combination of protection makes it one of the best flooring options for kids and pets.
Now, if you’re feeling ultra-luxurious and don’t mind taking extra precautions, then hardwood flooring is for you. The look and feel of real hardwood floors have our hearts, and it certainly adds to the value of any home. Some of the best hardwood flooring for kids and pets; include oak, maple, cherry, walnut, hickory, and sycamore. These woods score high on the Janka scale (a fancy word for durability meter) and are therefore considered scratch resistant. Softer woods including pine, chestnut, and fir will easily scratch with day-to-day wear. If you have an older home and want to refinish your wood floors, you can always add a special coating to make them more scratch, stain, and water resistant.
No matter which floor you choose, Harris Home will be there every step of the way and complete the job with the same quality and service we have stood proudly on for 75 years. Stop by our showroom and set up your free design consultation with our experts today.