Which is Better?
When it comes to designing a home remodel, or new construction, there are a million choices to be made. Whether it is the kitchen, the bedroom, the bathroom, or the living room, each area has its own unique requirements. Two of the biggest choices that get a lot of attention are flooring and countertops. As something everyone sees when they walk in a home, these decisions are sometimes the toughest. Let’s look at two common materials for each decision and see how they compare.
Wood versus Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring
There was a time when wood was the only option to consider for a premium hardwood look. However, gone are the days of wood or linoleum. Luxury vinyl has given wood a true run for its money and now the decision is tougher than ever.
Wood is often the pricier of the two options so if economy is a limiting factor, then luxury vinyl plank may be the way to go. While wood is beautiful and still highly thought of from a high-end standpoint, it can cost upwards of three times as much as vinyl.
When it comes to durability and upkeep, luxury vinyl floors win the day. There is virtually no upkeep for vinyl, while wood can become scuffed and scratched – requiring sanding and waxing. Luxury vinyl has come a long way in construction and easily rivals wood now in its appearance and quality.
For the environmentally conscious, wood might seem most appropriate as it is made from a renewable product. However, most high-end flooring is made from less sustainable wood that is not easily replanted for reforestation purposes.
Outside of its value in name alone, luxury vinyl plank flooring is overtaking wood as the premier choice in high-end flooring.
Granite versus Quartz Countertops
Granite is produced utilizing solid pieces of granite that are cut into shape. Quartz countertops are manufactured, made from approximately 93% quartz and the rest being color additives and resin to bind it all together. However, the finished product is quite similar making the choice come down to other considerations.
Typically, cost is a major motivator when it comes to deciding on products, however, granite and quartz are quite competitive with each other regarding pricing. The higher-end granites can be quite expensive, but the average prices run about the same.
Durability can be an issue for the natural granite stone, as it can chip and show signs of wear. The manufactured quartz performs better over time, as it is far stronger and less likely to stain.
The decision between granite and quartz may come down to personal style. If you prefer a more natural product then of course granite is the way to go. It may require slightly more upkeep but will hold up just fine. If you prefer more color options or styles, then quartz will be a good option as more colors can be added in the engineering process. As far as which one is better? It’s a tie!
There are pros and cons of all building materials, and those must be weighed accordingly. The choice has gotten harder recently, as manufactured materials look as good as “the real thing.” With cost, durability, and appearance in mind, the choice is yours.