Have you ever walked into a building and admired the beautiful hardwood floor, only to learn that it was actually laminate flooring? Now you are in a position to put new flooring in your home and you are wondering if you should go with hardwood flooring or laminate flooring. How can you be sure that you will be content with the choice you make? The best way is to make an informed choice. So, what is the difference between laminate flooring and hardwood flooring, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of each?
Laminate flooring is composed of a core of many different layers bonded together. On the top of these layers is a photographic layer that is designed to imitate the appearance of genuine wood or another natural material (e.g. stone). Laminate is extremely durable and easy to clean and maintain. Laminate flooring can be quiet when stepped on if you’ve had an underlayment installed. The only real disadvantages to laminate flooring are that it cannot be refinished if damage occurs, it can be expensive, and it is not real hardwood (which is only a disadvantage if you really want genuine hardwood).
Hardwood flooring is generally made from a solid piece of wood that has been cut to a fixed size. Hardwood flooring provides many options to choose from and can be durable if you take care of it correctly. It adds value to your home. It is also comfortable for your feet, as it tends to be warm and soft to walk on. One disadvantage of hardwood flooring is that it is prone to water damage, so any water spilled needs to be wiped up immediately. It is also harder to keep clean than laminate flooring.
So, back to your dilemma . . . laminate flooring or hardwood flooring? Now that you know the differences between the two, you can be confident in your choice. And once you’ve done the hard work of choosing, let our team at Wright’s Carpet and Flooring help you with the work of installation.