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You’ve decided you want wood floors in your home, but did you know there are four key wood and wood alternatives to choose from? Each offers unique features, designed for different uses and different environments. Read on to discover the key differences between them.

Top Four Options in Hardwood:

  • Solid Hardwood Floors
  • Engineered Hardwood
  • Laminate
  • Luxury Vinyl Plank

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Hardwood Floor Comparison GuideNatural Hardwood Floors & Hardwood Alternatives – Things to Consider

Let me say up front that all the options we are reviewing today are good ones. Though others may tell you differently, the truth is there isn’t one kind of floor that is always better than all other floors. The best floor is the floor that suits you personally – your design tastes, your lifestyle needs, and your budget.

So before you dig into the comparison chart below, I encourage you to take a quick inventory of your lifestyle and your home’s environment. Does the space where your floors will live have a lot of moisture or standing water? Do you have children or pets who may track in sand, water or dirt frequently? What is your biggest priority – budget, low maintenance, high quality aesthetics, long lifespan, or something in the middle?

With those questions in mind, I hope you enjoy this review of hardwood flooring and its alternatives. You can also get a copy of our Essential Guide to Hardwood Flooring. or download a copy of our Hardwood Comparison Guide to print and take with you as you shop:

Hardwood Comparison Guide


Floortex Design-Hardwood Floor Comparison Guide Table

Floortex Design-Hardwood Floor Comparison Guide Table