Engineered Hardwood vs. Luxury Vinyl Plank: Making the Right Choice

When it comes to choosing the right flooring for your Southern California home, two popular options often come to mind: engineered hardwood and luxury vinyl plank (LVP). Both have their unique advantages and can significantly enhance the look and feel of your space. Let’s dive into the differences between these two flooring choices to help you make an informed decision.

Engineered Hardwood: The Natural Beauty

Engineered hardwood comprises a real wood veneer layer on top of multiple plywood or high-density fiberboard (HDF) layers. This construction provides stability and resistance to changes in humidity and temperature.


Authentic Look: With a real wood surface, engineered hardwood offers solid hardwood’s natural beauty and warmth.

Durability: The multi-layer construction provides stability and durability, making it less prone to warping or bowing.

Variety: Available in a wide range of wood species, finishes, and styles, engineered hardwood can complement any decor.

Resale Value: Hardwood floors are often sought after by homebuyers, potentially increasing your home’s resale value.


Cost: Generally more expensive than LVP, engineered hardwood is an investment in your home’s aesthetics and value.

Maintenance: Regular maintenance, such as sweeping and occasional refinishing, is required to maintain its appearance.

Moisture Sensitivity: While more resistant than solid hardwood, excessive moisture can still affect engineered hardwood.

Luxury Vinyl Plank: The Practical Alternative

Luxury vinyl plank is a synthetic flooring option that mimics the look of hardwood. It is made of multiple layers of PVC vinyl, topped with a high-resolution photographic layer and a protective wear layer.


Water Resistance: LVP is highly resistant to moisture, making it ideal for areas prone to spills or humidity, like bathrooms and kitchens.

Durability: The wear layer protects against scratches, dents, and stains.

Ease of Installation: LVP can be easily installed over existing floors and often features a click-lock system for a DIY-friendly installation.

Affordability: Generally less expensive than engineered hardwood, LVP offers a cost-effective way to achieve the hardwood look.


Less Authentic Feel: While the photographic layer can closely mimic the look of wood, LVP doesn’t have the same natural feel underfoot as engineered hardwood.

Lower Resale Value: LVP may not add as much value to your home as engineered hardwood.

Environmental Impact: As a synthetic product, LVP has a larger environmental footprint than natural wood flooring.

Making the Right Choice

The decision between engineered hardwood and luxury vinyl plank ultimately depends on your priorities. If you value natural wood’s authentic look and feel and are willing to invest in its maintenance, engineered hardwood may be the right choice. On the other hand, luxury vinyl plank could be the perfect fit if you’re looking for a more affordable, low-maintenance, and moisture-resistant option.

At Monarch Carpet, Drapery & Upholstery, we offer a wide selection of both engineered hardwood and luxury vinyl plank options to suit your needs and preferences. Visit our showroom to explore our collection and receive expert advice on choosing the best flooring for your home, or call (213) 388-7568 and schedule a free in-home design consultation today!

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