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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Laminate Flooring vs. Hardwood Flooring: The Great Debate
Laminate Flooring vs. Hardwood Flooring: The Great
Warmth, natural beauty and timeless appeal have made
hardwood flooring one of the most sought-after amenities for homes across the
country. Laminate flooring, which is crafted using a High Density Fiber (HDF)
with a top layer that offers a similar look, gives consumers an alternative to
solid wood. If you’re trying to figure out whether hardwood or laminate is right
for your home, consider the pros and cons of each and how they relate to your
lifestyle and your budget.
When choosing between hardwood and laminate
flooring, consider both the price and the quality of the investment. Laminate is
popular for its affordability, and it can cost a few dollars per square foot all
the way up to 50% less than hardwood when you include installation. Premium
laminate products can have moderate resale value, while well-maintained hardwood
floors can increase the resale value of your home exponentially.
With locking, glue-down or floating installation
options, laminate floors are usually easy to install (or uninstall if you’re
replacing your floor). Some solid hardwood floors require nail-down
installation, which can be time-consuming and make future removal more
difficult. However, with current technology, many popular hardwood options are
now available in engineered forms that require installation similar to that of
Laminate and hardwood floors are both relatively
easy to clean, but they differ in maintenance requirements. Most laminates are
more resistant to moisture, fading and scratches, so they can be a better choice
for kitchens or bathrooms where a lot of water is used, spaces that receive a
lot of sunlight, or areas that face high levels of foot traffic. Then again, if
damaged, laminate floors might not be easy to repair, while you can fix
imperfections in hardwood floors by sanding or refinishing.
You can keep hardwood and laminate floors looking
beautiful for years, but the difference between them becomes more pronounced as
time goes on. With proper care, the life expectancy for most laminate flooring
is about 20 years. Well-kept hardwood flooring can last a lifetime and add
classic appeal to any home for generations.
Once you’ve made your decision, come to Flooring
America for an unmatched selection of top-quality hardwood or laminate. Our
prices are the lowest in the market, and our industry-leading warranties will
give you total confidence in your new floor.