Solid (Natural) Hardwood Flooring
Solid wood flooring is made of solid planks. It's beautiful and feels great underfoot. It can be used for extremely long time even for centuries. Solid wood is versatile; there are dozens of species (types of trees) to choose from, each with its own look, color, and texture. The same goes for finishes. Even the way a plank is cut can reveal different elements of its beauty.
Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Engineered wood is essentially made of two layers: a thin sheet of solid wood (or veneer) on top, and a thicker core of high-density fiberboard or plywood below. It has the look, feel, and versatility of solid wood but is much more resistant to moisture, warping, meaning it can go where hardwood can’t. You can even refinish it!
What is laminate flooring? Think of it as a more durable alternative to engineered hardwood—but with a photo layer instead of solid wood veneer.
Laminate flooring is made up of three (sometimes four) layers. Starting from the bottom, they are:
1.Base Layer/Core: A rigid, high-density fiberboard (very similar to the core of engineered wood).
2.Image Layer: A photorealistic image of wood, stone, tile, etc.—whatever the laminate flooring is imitating. Wood laminate, for instance, is printed with an image of wood grain.
3.Wear Layer: A transparent plasticate that guards against both fading and wear.
Vinyl Plank Flooring (LVP) / Vinyl Tile Flooring (LVT)
Vinyl plank flooring is made of PVC (plastic). Its inexpensive, it’s soft underfoot, it’s insanely durable, it can mimic the look and texture of just about any material, and (maybe best of all) it’s an entirely waterproof flooring option.
Vinyl Sheet Flooring
Vinyl sheet flooring is exactly what it sounds like: a single layer of vinyl laid out in a sheet. It’s an extremely flexible material and comes in an endless variety of patterns and textures. Some products have backings, some don’t—it depends on the manufacturer.
Wood-look ceramic tile is one of the most popular flooring products on the market today. It does an incredible job of mimicking wood grain while offering the same durability and benefits as porcelain or ceramic tile. That means you can put it in laundry rooms, bathrooms, kitchens… anywhere you wouldn’t put a wood product.