Resilient Flooring versus Hardwood Flooring

Resilient Flooring

Natural hardwood flooring has become the norm in most homes over the last fifty years, but it is not the only option for achieving wood flooring. Resilient, also known as vinyl or sheet vinyl, is designed to look like hardwood but with the conveniences, pricing, and durability of tile flooring. Resilient is made the same way it always has been, but over the last couple of years, the styles and technologies have evolved.

Durability & Lifespan

Durability, in reference to flooring, is how hard the material is, especially the topmost layer. When flooring is durable, it can take more wear. The life cycle of flooring refers to how long it’s life span is before it needs to be replaced.

Hardwood flooring: Depending on the wood, hardwood flooring can be very durable but even when they are well-kept, hardwood requires constant upkeep. Hardwood is a natural material, which means it is porous so it is susceptible to moisture and climate damage but it can be refinished which can increase its life span to last for generations.

Resilient: Because of the way that resilient is created, it is extremely hard and has a very durable top layer making it resistant to moisture and climate damage. It’s also more durable for high traffic areas and requires little upkeep, but it can still be scratched overtime and it cannot be refinished like hardwood. The typical life span of resilient is around 20 years, but with optimal upkeep, can last even longer.

Look & Style

Hardwood: A timelessly beautiful flooring options that comes  in numerous colors and styles. Since they are naturally derived, many factors play into the availability, look, and style of flooring options available, including wood species.

Resilient: Essentially a photographic image that is placed between the backing and clear wear image and as technology improves the process of creating these materials improves, making most resilient indistinguishable from hardwood flooring.

Environmental Impact

Hardwood: Coming from living trees, hardwood flooring seems to be the environmentally friendly options since trees are a renewable. They are biodegradable and can be recycled at the end of their life span. Although over the years, deforestation rates have gone up so if you choose hardwood, make sure your manufacturer is environmentally responsible.

Resilient: Created from nonrenewable materials, resilient flooring uses a considerable amount of energy and materials to be manufactured but commonly contain recycled components and are recyclable.


Hardwood: Depending on the species of wood that is being used, hardwood flooring is typically around $8-$25 per square foot, but can also be more expensive if rare materials are being used, or cheaper if softwood materials are being used. In addition to flooring costs, it’s important to keep installation, transportation, and upkeep costs into consideration when deciding if hardwood is the right choice for you.

Resilient:  Resilient is typically $2-$5 per square foot, making it cheaper than the cheapest hardwood flooring. Resilient does have installation costs, but it is still the most cost-friendly option. Resilient also requires little to no upkeep, which saves money as well.

Whichever flooring option you decide to go with, it’s important to weight the pros and cons of each. If you’re ready to install resilient, contact us today to learn more about our resilient products!