Vinyl Wood: There are two major types of vinyl; printed and solid. Printed materials have an invisible wear layer that protects the surface of the floor. The longevity of the material is therefore determined by the thickness of the protective coating on it. With solid vinyl, the colors are true through the depth of the material, but the surface can be scratched or marred over time. On average, manufacturer warranties will guarantee this material for a 10 to 20-year lifespan.
Hardwood: If well maintained and cared for hardwood flooring can last for generations. Depending on the type of wood, the material may be extremely hard and resistant to damage, and treatments can be used to reinforce the natural strength of hardwood. If the floor does get damaged, it can also often be repaired, or refinished, which will completely revitalize the material and make it look brand new.