Laminate Wood Flooring

One of the most sought-after amenities in a home is wood flooring. Because of its natural appearance and warmth underfoot, wood is beautiful and timeless.

Original hardwood floors are among the benefits of older traditional homes. Newer homes that have a lower price point but that still want the natural look of wood often use laminate to win over home buyers.

No matter your preference, there are pros and cons when it comes to hardwood versus laminate wood flooring.  This article will help you determine which one is best for your lifestyle, budget and home.

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Laminate Wood Flooring

Price

The reality of flooring costs and what you can afford may be miles apart.

  • Laminate: – Laminate wood flooring is made from composite wood pressed together at high temperatures. The image of hardwood is then placed over the composite wood, covering it to form the laminate. Not only are the materials themselves cheaper, but laminate wood installation cost is, on average, 50 percent less than hardwood installation.

Laminate Wood Flooring

Durability

Assess the traffic load and wear and tear on flooring in your home. A durable surface will make maintenance easier and will look great for years to come.

  • Laminate: PROS – Since laminate is made from pressed wood, it is more durable and resists scratches, moisture and wear and tear. Laminate flooring is also easier to clean. CONS – Even though laminate is more durable, it is not as visually appealing. Lower qualities of laminate may have artificial-looking woodgrain textures.

 

Laminate Wood Flooring

Repair

Flooring is one component of your home that will have to be repaired at some point. From minor accidents to excessive wear and tear.

  • Laminate: CONS – Laminate flooring doesn’t repair easily. If you buy flooring that comes in individual pieces and snaps together, you may be able to replace individual boards — although, depending on sunlight and age, the new piece may not match properly.

If you have a lot of sunlight in your home, hardwood can fade because it is a natural product, while laminate wood flooring has UV protection integrated into the surface. Consider all the factors — and enjoy how the warmth of wood will improve your home’s aesthetic, appeal and value.