HARDWOOD FLOORS – ARE THEY BETTER THAN SYNTHETIC MATERIALS?

Hardwood flooring uses certain specific products of woods and manufactures them to be designed as a structural or aesthetic flooring material. Whereas synthetic flooring is the one that uses multi-layered products fused with the lamination process to be used as flooring.

It cannot be directly pointed out which of them is the best or which is better. Everything will depend on personal preferences as well as a few other factors.

But to compare the two, we can section the comparison with certain key pointers. These bases of differentiation are listed below.
Appearance
● Durability
● Uses
● Cost
● Environmental effects

Let us dig in all these pointers of comparison to find out the better choice between hardwood floors and synthetic materials.

  1. Appearance
    The wooden floors are like timeless beauty. The natural look that it gives out looks flawless and so attractive. It comes in various sizes, colours, and textures to choose from.
    Talking about synthetics like vinyl, tile, and other floorings, these also make an attractive appearance. Though not natural but there are many alternatives and customizations available to choose from and bring out the best of what suits you.
  2. Durability
    Durability is defined as the hardness of the floor. It comes with better stability which means the thickness and quality of the flooring. The hardwood floors are durable, with natural strength, and sustainable and stable as well. But for it to be durable, there is a lot of regular maintenance required and it is a tough job there. Wood, being a natural material, is prone to open pores, water damage, climate change etc.
    This section gives plus one to the synthetic flooring. They are extremely durable, sustainable, and stable. They also require minimum maintenance and are good to go for long-term use.
  3. Uses or Application
    This section defines the area that can be best suited for the two materials. The hardwood floors are suitably used in sports, residential and sometimes for commercial buildings. It also takes a long and complex procedure of installation.
    The tile flooring can be used almost in all the places. Owing to its wide range of customizations, it can fit in all spaces. The installation process is quite minimal and easy.
  4. Cost
    The cost is calculated of installation, maintenance and everything inclusive. The wooden floors cost way more than the synthetic material flooring. The market rate for a hardwood floor is $8-$25 per sq.ft.
    And the synthetic flooring can be easily afforded at a relatively low cost of $2-$5 per sq.ft. area.
  5. Environmental Effect
    It is known that that hardwood is obtained from the woods which we get after cutting down trees. Even though trees being a renewable resource, it is adverse for the environment because the rate of deforestation is much faster than afforestation.
    The synthetic flooring is done using the PVC material which is recyclable, and reusable. Its major component is the salt, which is present in abundance. So instead of cutting down the exotic trees, the synthetic material are able to provide the same look and feel with other materials.