Hardwood of Vinyl?

Which flooring design is right for you?

Shawn Kirton posing amidst 3 different flooring types.
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When choosing a flooring type for your renovation, one question that arises often with our customers is, “which flooring do I want to go with, H

hardwood flooring, engineered flooring or vinyl flooring?”

I am going to answer this question from a flooring contractor’s point of view. How does this appeal to you? Wildrose Hardwood, for almost 20 years has been on every job site that can be thrown at a flooring company. I answer many repair and water damage calls every year dealing with the 3 flooring types.

Luxury Vinyl Plank Floor Broken Down to see the layers.
Luxury Vinyl Plank Floor Broken Down

Vinyl Plank Flooring

Why would you buy vinyl plank flooring? Vinyl Plank flooring has its pros and cons which we will dive into. Lets look at the pros and cons.


1.) Vinyl flooring is easier to install and hence labor will be lower costing.

2.) Vinyl plank flooring is also considered water resistant or waterproof where other floors are not.

3.) Vinyl Plank Flooring can be right for the price point per square foot versus hardwood or engineered flooring.


1.) Vinyl plank flooring may contain toxic elements that break down over time. We will offer a complete blog post about vinyl plank flooring and toxicity later.

2.) Vinyl plank flooring can and will scratch with increased traffic. In homes and commercial properties we have inspected, this kind of flooring may last 3 – 5 years before it needs to be replaced. High traffic or large family homes may exclude this flooring option for you.

3.) If the flooring is not installed properly it may move. Not all installers are the same. I highly recommend hiring Wildrose Hardwood to install your floor. We go above and beyond for all of our customers.

Hardwood Flooring

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Hardwood flooring offers some attractive options that the marketplace has been overlooking, when compared to the other flooring options. Hardwood flooring can last 100 years if properly taken care of, considering todays finishes and coatings. The marketplace are trying to drive hardwood out of the market and replace it with engineered or vinyl plank. The reality is that trees are indeed a resource that can be harvested years to come, versus the man made components that go into engineered and vinyl plank flooring.

Trees are good for the planet as they are biodegradable, where as Vinyl plank flooring may certainly not be, and engineered to be considered a viable flooring option is very expensive. Wildrose Hardwood has stepped into big shoes to direct people’s attention back to hardwood, but hardwood still is a better option for a family home. Whether that is a prefinished hardwood product where you will easily get 15 years out of the floor before it may even need to be resurfaced. Between each sanding is easily 15 to 20 years. 100 years comes up pretty quickly when you consider these options. It is an investment for your home. Don’t hear what I am not saying. Vinyl flooring is an attractive option, however it may very well lower the value of your home considering where it sits in value in the marketplace now.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring

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As you can see, by the above image, engineered hardwood is a hardwood material glued in some way to a composite material. Most engineered being offered by the box stores, or carpet and flooring stores is NOT a representation of the image above. The wear layer of most engineered flooring is roughly 1 /8 or 2 /8 of an inch. The above image shows you an engineered flooring with a 1/4 inch wear layer. If you want engineered flooring, go after a 1/4 inch wear layer, that can be nailed down, and certainly be weary about products from ASIA.

Many products from Asia come with poor construction, low quality glues and materials used to make the product. Now, not all products are the same. An engineered with a wear layer of 1/4 inch may cost you 7.00 – 14.00 / sq. ft. However I firmly believe these engineered flooring products are preferable to hardwood as they are indeed more stable and move less. This is why hiring Wildrose Hardwood will get you the best option for your home. Shawn with Wildrose Hardwood actually goes out and hunts down a flooring for you. This is a service we provide.

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