Laminate floors and hardwood floors are the most sought-after flooring materials all over the world. For the people who have extra money to spend, wood flooring is the obvious choice. These materials have a natural appearance and warmth under the feet. They are also timeless and beautiful. The laminate floors are also not far behind. They are cheaper and can be designed to look and feel just like hardwood. However, it is good to note that both options have their share of pros and cons. The objective of this post is to look at the pros and cons of each option so that you can make the most informed decision when shopping.
The reality is that flooring is a big investment and what the flooring costs and what you can actually afford are miles apart. This is why the first thing you need to consider when shopping is the cost of the materials you need.
Hardwood is out of the financial reach for most people. Price is hence a con. Hardwood is made by harvesting trees and the price depends on how exotic a tree is. All things considered, hardwood is more expensive both to buy and install.
Laminate flooring, on the other hand, is cheaper. It is built using composite wood that is constructed under high pressure and temperature. The look and texture of hardwood is then placed on the composite wood. Laminate floors are cheaper to buy and install. It will cost you approximately 50% less to install laminate flooring.
A durable flooring material will make maintenance both cheaper and easier. Hardwood is susceptible to scratching and can easily be damaged by excessive moisture. Even so, when made using the best type of wood, the wood floors are the real deal more so when it comes to adding value to your home.
Laminate floors excel in that they are more scratch resistant than wood. They are also very resistant to excessive moisture as well as wear and tear. It is also easier to clean the laminate floors. On the flipside, these floors are not as visually appealing as the wood floors. The cheaper laminates may also look artificial.
Over the years, you will have to repair some parts of your floor. Hardwood is much easier to repair than laminate. Repairs can be done by refinishing and sanding the imperfections. Laminate floors, on the other hand, are not easy to repair. You need to replace individual boards and at times the new boards don’t match the old ones.
While a bit confusing at first, the differences between the laminate and hardwood flooring get obvious when you inspect them closely. While there are many types of both to pick from, often times, the solid or the engineered hardwood flooring make the best choice. This because they look better, add more value to your property, they are eco-friendly and will offer more benefits than the laminate floors. Your preferences will, however, have the biggest part to play when deciding on whether to use wood or laminate flooring. Don’t hesitate to seek professional advice before you start shopping.