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Real Hardwood Floor v.s. Laminate Floors

hardwood vs laminated floors

Wood flooring is a commonly sought out home feature. It’s a neutral color, adding warmth and beauty to any room. Older, traditional homes typically have real hardwood floors, whereas more newer homes might be build with laminate floors to save money, but also still have the hardwood floor look. There are pros and cons to both types of flooring, which will help you choose which one you would rather have.

Price: Take into consideration the pricing of both hardwood floors and laminate floors to see which is in your price range.

  • Hardwood: Hardwood flooring prices vary based on what kind of tree they were made from. Hardwood floors are known to be more expensive to purchase and install.
  • Laminate: Laminate wood flooring is created from composite wood pressed together at high temperatures with the image of hardwood placed over the composite wood. The materials are cheaper than hardwood, as well as the installation cost by about 50%

Durability: Depending on how active your home is, you may one to consider a more durable floor that will last longer. Or if there isn’t much traffic, you could go with the more sensitive option.

  • Hardwood: PROS- Hardwood floors are beautiful, natural and they are the real deal. CONS- Hardwood is more prone to scratches and water damage. It is more likely to show wear and tear, especially in higher trafficked areas. It will also fade if there is a lot of sunlight exposure in your home.
  • Laminate: PROS- Laminate is more durable since it’s made from pressed wood. It won’t scratch easily or get damaged by water. It also has UV protection incorporated into the surface, so it won’t be affected by sunlight as much. CONS- It is not as attractive as real hardwood floors, even though it is more durable. It could end up artificial looking if it is lower in quality.

Repair: Hardwood flooring is a component of your home that is more likely going to need repair at some point than not. Depending on the accidents and wear and tear your floor faces, there are pros and cons to each type.

  • Hardwood: Hardwood flooring can be fixed by simply sanding imperfections and refinishing, which will allow it to last for years.
  • Laminate: Although it’s more durable, laminate flooring doesn’t repair as easily as hardwood flooring. If your floor is assembled with individual pieces that snap together, it is possible to replace the pieces, but there’s a chance that the pieces will not match due to sunlight and age.

Consider all of the pros and cons of each type of flooring before you decide which one to install in your home. Make an informed decision and be realistic about the wear and tear your floor might have. If you have kids, pets or a lot of movement going on in your home, that may effect which floor you choose.