You might be faced with a big decision – should I buy vinyl, or should I buy hardwood for my home? At the Floor Store, we have lots of options available and we can help you through the process of deciding what’s right for you! A lot of customers come to us with questions about how luxury vinyl compares to hardwood, so here’s a quick rundown of the major differences:

Hardwood: Many homeowners opt for natural hardwood because of the durability and natural beauty. Hardwood is classic, and it goes well with any theme, whether your home is modern and minimalistic, or rustic with character. There are many types of hardwood, you can get oak, maple, walnut, cherry or even more exotic imported varieties. Some hardwood flooring is finished with ceramic, some with aluminum oxide, and others with acrylic monomers. These coatings can produce an incredibly tough hardwood surface built to last. If you want a classic look that will never go out of style, hardwood may be for you! Hardwood flooring ranges anywhere from $3 to $5 per square foot, depending on the variety, with an additional $3 to $10 per square foot for installation. In New Mexico, most hardwood floors are installed over concrete slab foundations.

Luxury Vinyl: The first thing many people think of when they think vinyl, is probably the flooring at grandma’s house. Luxury vinyl has come a long way since the ’70s and ’80s and can now truly be called “luxury”! Luxury vinyl is easy to care for, slip resistant, comfortable to walk on, and has evolved to look more and more like hardwood, stone, or ceramic. If you’re looking for a versatile flooring option that STILL fits with your aesthetic preference for your home or workspace, you might want to look into luxury vinyl. Some types of vinyl flooring can be glued directly to your floor, while others can float on the floor. Luxury vinyl typically ranges from $2.15 to $4.30 per square foot, with an additional $1.10 to $1.70 for installation.

At the end of the day, it comes down to your personal preferences and your budget. Luxury vinyl and hardwood are both great choices, and at the Floor Store, we have plenty of options for both in stock. Stop by our showroom to see for yourself what fits your lifestyle! The Floor Store offers free on-site floor measurement consultations.