19 July 2023

Luxury vinyl flooring, laminate and hardwood -Which is the preferred choice?

Luxury Vinyl Flooring Clever Click

Luxury vinyl flooring has taken the market by storm and is a top choice among homeowners and tradespeople. Primarily due to ease of installation and durability...

As suppliers of innovative Clever Click vinyl flooring, we investigated the top wood plank flooring solutions available. So you can decide which is the best flooring product for your customers.

What flooring solutions are there?

Remodelling a home comes with lots of costs, and flooring is considered to be one of the most expensive aspects. More recently, homeowners are opting for carpet-less solutions in favour of longer-lasting flooring with a wooden look that is easier to clean. As a result, tradespeople and DIYers spanning residential and commercial projects will be looking for the most cost effective, and durable flooring options. Read about these top flooring choices below:

Traditional hardwood flooring

To achieve a classic finish to most interior spaces, people usually go with hardwood flooring. Its natural grain patterns are popular for a variety of interior design styles including Farmhouse and Scandinavian looks. Hardwood flooring usually comes at a premium price, but is considered to be long-wearing and can even last for generations with proper care. However, it is highly susceptible to scratches, water damage, and colour fading. As a result, it can be hard to maintain the integrity of hardwood floors as they require regular maintenance including re-staining or painting. In addition, installation can be complex and costly, requiring power tools and experience.

Laminate flooring

Laminate flooring is a type of flooring made of several layers, including a decorative layer, a wear layer, a natural wood core layer, and a backing layer. It is a practical and budget-friendly option for DIY customers looking for a wood-look floor they can install themselves. Laminate is typically installed as a floating floor, which makes it easy to install and allows for some movement. However, it can be scratched, damaged by water, and is also rather noisy, and not as comfortable as other types of flooring.

Vinyl Flooring underlay

Luxury Vinyl Flooring

Luxury vinyl flooring (LVF) also comprises of a several layers but is made from synthetic materials which enhances its durability. Combined with click-clack installation technology, luxury vinyl flooring is extremely water resistant. Luxury vinyl flooring may seem deter some as it is not traditional. However, what it lacks in authenticity, it makes up for in expert design, durability, and easy maintenance. Commonly available in a wide range of designs, replicating the look of wood, or stone, this flooring offers a more competitive solution. Overall, it is a versatile and durable flooring option used in various applications, including residential and commercial spaces.

Why is Luxury Vinyl Flooring the preferred choice?

When it comes to selecting the ideal flooring for interior spaces, luxury vinyl plank (LVP) and tile (LVT) flooring stand out as exceptional choices, often surpassing traditional hardwood and tile flooring options. Let's explore the benefits of luxury vinyl flooring over these alternatives:

Durability and Resilience:

Luxury vinyl flooring offers outstanding durability, compared to hardwood and laminate flooring. It is highly resistant to scratches, stains, and moisture, making it ideal for high-traffic areas and moisture-prone spaces like bathrooms and kitchens. Further, LVF is frequently installed over existing floors and is suitable for underfloor heating applications. Additionally, this flooring option is less prone to cracking or chipping compared to tiled flooring.

Easy Installation:

Compared to hardwood and tiled flooring, Luxury vinyl flooring offers easy and hassle-free installation. Many LVF products feature click-and-lock or adhesive-free installation systems, as with our Clever Click flooring range. Consequently, this makes it suitable for contractors on large projects and even for DIY customers. In contrast, hardwood flooring installation requires professional expertise and time-consuming techniques like nailing, and gluing. Our innovative Clever Click luxury vinyl planks and tiles offer an excellent choice for customers who wish to expertly lay a new floor with half the effort and time of classic flooring options.   

Low Maintenance:

Luxury Vinyl flooring requires minimal upkeep, especially when compared to hardwood floors. When installed correctly, the flooring is highly resistant to water, stains, and fading. Consequently, luxury vinyl floors are simple to maintain, with regular sweeping or vacuuming, and damp mopping. In contrast, hardwood flooring may require refinishing and regular polishing, while laminate flooring may require plank replacements if it cracked or stained.

Versatility and Design Options:

Clever click LVF offers unparalleled versatility in design options. Trade and DIY customers can achieve a stunning 3-d wood look that will match the interior aesthetic in no time. Whether it's a rustic hardwood look, or a sleek modern tile design, we have a wide range of style options. Clever Click vinyl flooring provides high quality, imitations of traditional flooring materials, without the associated pitfalls.


It is no secret that hardwood and tiled flooring can be expensive in labour as well as material costs. On the other hand, Luxury Vinyl flooring offers a more budget-friendly option. While the initial price may vary based on the brand and quality, quick installation, and increased longevity provide long-term savings.

In conclusion, luxury vinyl plank and tile flooring offer numerous advantages over hardwood, laminate flooring solutions. As a result, we supply a stunning selection of hardwood designs in our Clever Click and Clever Click+ luxury vinyl flooring range.

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