The flooring trend for today’s modern homeowner is definitely either hardwood or laminate (tile and vinyl are also popular choices in the bathroom and or kitchen). But, which material will be best in your home? Both materials have a beautiful, lasting look that you can admire for years, and both materials even look similar. Why then choose one over the other?
Laminate flooring is less costly than hardwood. It’s made of synthetic materials usually designed to resemble hardwoods. The design choices of laminates are practically endless, and you can tour any big box hardware store and find countless options in various prices. Also, laminates are generally much less expensive than hardwoods.
Laminates are very durable, great for areas of high foot-traffic. Also, because laminates are a synthetic material, they don’t scratch as easily as hardwoods, making most laminates dog toenail-friendly. Also, because laminates usually have a top coat of resin, making them harder than most hardwoods, they are stain resistant, and resist moisture damage.
Laminates are easy to put in place, because most laminate boards link together on a tongue and grooved edge. The simplicity of installing a laminate floor, makes them a popular option for the average home DIY’er.
Hard wood floors have a warmer feel than most laminates. Also, because it’s actual wood, no two boards of hardwood will look exactly alike, because there are no two places on the board where the wood grain looks exactly the same.
Hardwood floors are durable (homes one hundred plus years old may still have the original hardwood floors still in pristine condition). However, because it’s wood, hardwood floors can be susceptible to damage. Scratches, dents, liquid spills, etc., all can damage hardwoods. Therefore, for most hardwood floors, durability involves finish.
A quality contractor installing and finishing the hardwood floors is important to longevity. Also, if your home has older hardwood floors that simply need to be refinished, a quality contractor can sand and refinish the floors to look as good as a new floor. And, you would be bringing out some of the original, historic charm of the home.
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