Hardwood Flooring Vs Laminate Flooring

Confused about which kind of flooring is right for you? Wondering what the difference is between hardwood and laminate?

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Your home deserves to look its best, and one of the key elements in transforming the look and feel of a room is the flooring you choose to install. Today, hardwood (including engineered hardwood) and laminate are two of the most popular options on the market and taking a closer look at them is well worth doing. Each has their pros and cons, and reviewing them will help you figure out the right decision for you.

Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood is a classic option that is found in homes throughout the country including many older ones. Here are the benefits of hardwood flooring (including engineered hardwood flooring):

  • Very durable and will last for decades with minimal care
  • Easy to sweep and keep clean
  • Allergy friendly
  • Numerous styles of wood available and can be stained to match any room of the home
  • Feels warmer than tile floors, but provides similar stain resistant characteristics
  • Works well in any room of the home with proper sealants

There are of course some drawbacks, the two most notable being the price and the more difficult installation process. Traditionally, installation involves not only placing the wood but sanding it and staining it as well – two things that can take a considerable amount of time. Today’s pre-finished hardwood eliminates this, however. Also, if you get into engineered hardwood options, you have more to durability with less maintenance that some traditonal hardwood may have.

Laminate Flooring

This type of flooring has become incredibly popular over the last few years and is likely only going to get more popular as time goes on. Here’s a quick look at the key benefits it can offer.

  • Manufactured to look just like hardwood
  • Lower cost than hardwood
  • Allergy friendly and easy to keep clean
  • Can be installed in homes with uneven floors
  • Floating floor installation means no nails are needed
  • No need to sand or stain
  • Perfect for any room of the home

The primary drawbacks of laminate are few, but one stands out. The flooring isn’t as durable as traditional hardwood. A ding or scratch doesn’t expose more wood, but instead stands out in a significant way – should the flooring be damaged, you will likely be able to see the blemish where as with hardwood it would blend in much better. Additionally, it still has a distinct feel that doesn’t quite match wood, and if you want 100% wood authenticity you’ll need to look at the traditional option.

Each of these options is well worth taking a closer look at and could be just what you’re looking for when you’re trying to improve your home. Traditional hardwood (including engineered hardwood) has remained popular for good reason, but if you’re looking for something a bit more affordable there are a tremendous range of laminate options out there that you can select from.

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