When it comes to appearance luxury vinyl and natural stone are remarkably similar. In fact, thanks to advances in technology in the last several years it can be difficult to tell the difference between the two without actually touching the floor. That being said, there are some benefits to both you might want to consider before you start a flooring project in Mentor, Painesville, Willoughby, and Cleveland.
Luxury vinyl is available in a broad spectrum of choices that mimic not only natural stone but hardwoods and other materials too, giving it an advantage when it comes to finding flooring that is perfect for the look that you’re trying to create. To get a sense of what is available check out our product gallery.
Conversely, natural stone flooring is a bit more versatile than luxury vinyl when it comes to design because it can be used in ways that luxury vinyl can’t. For example, you could create a custom pattern in your floor using stone tiles, something that isn’t as easily accomplished with luxury vinyl.
There are aspects of each related to your level of investment to consider as well. If creating a more uniform look through different areas of the home is your main concern, luxury vinyl is generally less expensive while delivering the same aesthetic value.
Stone flooring, such as slate or travertine tile, is incredibly durable and if properly maintained can last for decades. So, if improving the long-term value of your home is a concern, natural stone flooring can help you do that, especially if you install radiant heating to make it a bit more comfortable underfoot.
Maintenance and Repair:
Caring for either material is relatively easy when compared to other types of flooring, such as hardwoods which need periodic waxing and refinishing.
There is however at least one major difference between luxury vinyl and natural stone flooring when it comes to making repairs. If a luxury vinyl plank or tile is damaged it can simply be replaced with a new unit, provided it is still being manufactured. This is not necessarily as easy with natural stone.
Because it is a natural material there may be noticeable variations in appearance if a significant amount of time has passed between when the original and replacement units were quarried. One way around this potential issue is to order a little extra initially to keep on hand in case you need to make a repair in the future.
Your Local Experts:
Have questions about these topics or more? The professionals at Floor Coverings International of Mentor are experts at helping homeowners find the flooring to fit their style and needs. Get started today by booking your free, in-home design consultation and you can get $200 off your next project!