When considering flooring options for your home, you should consider your home style, your budget, and perhaps most importantly your lifestyle. Although hardwood is a beautiful and classic floor covering, it is not the right choice for everyone, especially if you are always on the go. With Karndean Designflooring you can have a durable and waterproof luxury vinyl tile in a unique design that combines the best details that nature has to offer, and in an original design you won't find anywhere else. Let’s see how Karndean Designflooring compares with hardwood.
Authentic American Chestnut, our Reclaimed Chestnut design
Karndean Designflooring is renowned for its originally developed product designs. Our product development team travels the world in search of expressive and intriguing natural forms and incorporates these features into our designs. These forms include rare and exotic woods, protected woods that can no longer be harvested, and woods that do not make a practical floor covering. Each of our product designs has its own unique history and story to tell.
For example, the new American Chestnut design in our Art Select range was developed from floor joists, granary boards and rafters recovered from traditional east coast barns. Natural American Chestnut is extremely difficult (and expensive) to come by. American Chestnut was wiped out by the "chestnut blight," an infestation that became the greatest ecological disaster in forestry, and most chestnut you see used in hardwood today is actually Asian Chestnut, which was unaffected by the blight. The American Chestnut boards salvaged by our team feature an array of a characterful cracks and worm holes, and the unpolished look they possess is replicated in our products by a subtle matte finish. We offer our American Chestnut design in two colors: Reclaimed Chestnut and Salvaged Chestnut.
Solid hardwood floors are sorted by wood grade, which categorizes wood by its appearance. Select grade wood has the most uniform appearance and very little knots, while character grade has more knots and color variation, with other grades in-between. When purchasing, you are limited to buy within a particular wood grade, but our product development team combines features of different grades of wood into one design to create an appealing and balanced floor.
Graphic courtesy of Macon Hardwood
In addition to different wood grades, there are also different cuts of hardwood: plain sawn, quarter sawn, rift sawn and live sawn. Depending on the cut, if there is a knot or defect in a felled tree, you will see this marking repeated in every so many planks. With Karndean Designflooring LVT, our manufacturing technique minimizes the possibility of producing two identical planks.
Practical Benefits of LVT
Hardwood is a traditional, authentic flooring option. But if you are looking for a floor that combines the best features created by nature and requires less upkeep and budget, Karndean Designflooring LVT is the best fit for your lifestyle.