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Discover the difference between LVT and solid wood flooring below...

Written by: Yarl Christie

Published on: July 13, 2022

LVT Vs Solid Wood Flooring

The floor you choose for your home or business will make a huge difference to the overall look of the space. However, it isn’t just aesthetics you need to think about.

Different floors offer different features, and some also provide better value for money than others. This means, when choosing between the numerous flooring types on offer, you’ll need to have a good understanding of what each one offers.

LVT Vs Solid Wood Flooring - Kahrs Grossglockner Click Impression LTCLS3002-457 6mmProduct: Kahrs Grossglockner Click Impression LTCLS3002-457 6mm

Two of the most popular flooring types we sell at Stories Flooring, are LVT and solid wood. Both come with pros and cons that you should consider prior to purchasing.

Solid Wood Flooring Installed In Living Room

Not sure what the differences are between the two? Discover everything you need to know to make the best decision when choosing between LVT and solid wood flooring below.

What is LVT Flooring Made From?

Short for Luxury Vinyl Tile, LVT floors are mostly made from PVC. They are specifically designed to mimic real stone and wood flooring, using a hyper-realistic photographic layer to achieve the look.

LVT Flooring Planks

Vinyl layers are compressed together, creating a strong and stable floor.

What is Solid Wood Flooring Made From?

The planks are made from 100% real wood. Unlike engineered wood floors, solid wood floors don’t have a layered construction. Instead, each plank is made from a single piece of wood.

Solid Hardwood Flooring Planks

Most tend to be made from oak, walnut, or maple, and they produce a striking, natural look in the home.

Which is Waterproof?

LVT floors are created from PVC, which means they benefit from natural resistance to water. You won’t need to worry about damage from spills or accidents provided they are cleaned up quickly. Keep in mind that LVT floors are not naturally waterproof. If you want to install them in high moisture areas such as the bathroom, you will need to choose one that is advertised as being fully waterproof.

LVT Vs Solid Wood Flooring - Stone Effect LVT Installed In Bathroom

Under no circumstances should solid wood floors be installed in bathrooms or other moisture prone areas. This is because the wood will warp and become damaged over time.

Comparing Durability

LVT floors provide excellent value for money, with most guaranteed to last between 10-20 years. In some cases, manufacturers are so confident about the quality of the floor that they offer a lifetime guarantee. Is still important to regularly clean your LVT flooring, however, they are known to be one of the best low maintenance floors. They are scratch and moisture resistant, ensuring they stand up well against daily wear and tear.

Solid wood floors offer excellent durability. It is easy to remove stains from hardwood floors due to the fact they can be re-sanded and re-finished several times further extends their lifespan. When looked after properly, a solid wood floor can last anywhere from 30-100 years.

One of the main benefits of solid wood floors is that they can be sanded down and refinished several times over the course of their lifespan. Restoring solid wood flooring helps you to refresh the floor, giving it that brand new look and feel.

Installing LVT vs Solid Wood Flooring

LVT floors are easy to install as most feature a click system. This means the planks and tiles click tightly into place without much effort. Some do require a glue-down installation which can be messy, but it is still possible to do it without calling in the professionals. You can read the difference between click and glue-down LVT here.

The installation process for solid wood flooring is a little more difficult as the floors can be nailed or glued down. This can make it tricky to replace individual boards; though you can re-sand and re-finish the floor several times to keep it looking like new.

LVT Vs Solid Wood Flooring - Acclimatise Solid Wood Planks

We recommend acclimitising solid wood flooring planks before installation to prevent them warping or buckling once installed. It is always recommended you leave solid floor flooring installation to the professionals to achieve best results.

Room Suitability

LVT floors can be installed in a much broader range of environments. This is because they come with water resistance, and in some cases, a waterproof design. You can install them in all areas of the home including bathrooms, utility rooms, and basements.

LVT Vs Solid Wood Flooring - Stone LVT Installed In Bathroom

Solid wood will warp when exposed to moisture, making it unsuitable for areas such as the bathroom and kitchen.

Comparing Insulation

LVT flooring can be installed with compatible underfloor heating systems. You can also install comfort-boosting underlay. Solid wood flooring on the other hand cannot be installed with underfloor heating, but it does have a naturally warm feel to the touch.

LVT & SPC Styles & Effects

LVT floors come in a superb range of designs including wood, stone, and abstract effects. While they do look highly realistic, they can’t compare to solid wood in terms of authenticity.

LVT Vs Solid Wood Flooring - Amtico Spacia Parquet Traditional Oak

You can’t beat solid wood floors in terms of their luxurious and natural appearance. As the entire planks are made from real wood, you get that solid and secure feel underfoot. Once installed, solid wood floors look sensational.

Both solid wood flooring and LVT come in straight plank, herringbone, parquet, Versailles and basketweave laying patterns.

Comparison Table

LVT Flooring Solid Wood Flooring
Construction Multi-layer PVC 100% hardwood
Waterproof No, though waterproof varieties are available No
Durability Up to 30 years, suitable for heavy traffic areas 30-100 years, suitable for heavy traffic areas
Installation Click system or Gluedown Tongue and groove, nailed down, glue-down
Room Suitability All rooms Kitchen, basement, conservatory, lounge, dining room, hallway, bedroom
Insulation Compatible with underfloor heating Not suitable for use with underfloor heating
Effects Stone, wood, and abstract effects Real wood, lacquered, oiled, Handscraped, brushed, unfinished
Laying Patterns Stone tile, wood plank, herringbone, chevron, versailles & basket-weave Plank, herringbone, chevron, versailles & basket-weave

Conclusion

The type of flooring you choose will ultimately be determined by your own preferences and budget. However, when comparing LVT to solid wood flooring, it is important to take the above factors into account.

Further Browsing

You can shop online for LVT here.
You can shop online for solid wood flooring here.
Read more about what solid wood flooring is here.
Read more about what LVT is here.

About The Author

Yarl Christie

Yarl is the Managing Director of Stories Flooring. started his career in the flooring industry by becoming a floor fitter at the age of 18 (2004). Yarl finally decided to move with the times and set up an online flooring store (Flooring Yorkshire, 2018). He works closely with the business managers and resource team to source new products from wholesalers, which in turn brings down the sale price. This enables Stories Flooring to be one of the leading UK flooring retailers.