When you’re choosing new floors for your home, both hardwood and laminate show up as popular options. In fact, hardwood flooring is right for some people and in some situations, and laminate is right for others. You are trying to figure out if hardwood or laminate flooring is best for you and your family, here are some of the things you need to think about.
Laminate flooring tends to be less expensive than hardwood. This is because hardwood flooring involves cutting down, transporting, and processing actual trees. In fact, if you want exotic hardwood floors, they will be even more expensive. Laminate flooring is also cheaper to install. The process is easier and does not take as much expertise.
Laminate flooring is also more durable than hardwood. Hardwoods tend to be susceptible to scratches. They can also be damaged by moisture, and heavy traffic areas will show certain amounts of wear. The amount of damage and wear that your floor shows will depend on the type of wood it is made out of and how soft that wood is.
Because laminate floors are made from pressed wood, it’s more durable and scratch-resistant, and it can also withstand more moisture and wear and tear. It’s also easier to clean. You don’t need any special products to clean a laminate floor. In fact, you don’t need any special equipment at all. In order to keep hardwood floors looking nice, you may want to use a special cleaner designed for wood. This can help limit the water damage to your floors.
However, laminate flooring does not look as good as hardwood flooring. In fact, low-quality laminate might look very fake. Why manufacturers always try to say that it looks just like hardwood, the truth is that most people, not just experts, can tell the difference between hardwood floors and laminate ones if they just take the time to look at them.
Hardwood floors are also easier to repair them laminate floors are. With hardwood floors, you can simply sand out damages and have them refinished. While this can be an extensive and expensive process, the truth is that it’s easier than repairing laminate floors. Sometimes, you can snap out a laminate board and replace it with a new one. However, wear and sun exposure may mean that the new board no longer matches.
You will need to decide based on your own wants and needs which type of flooring will work best in your house. For some families and homes, hardwood flooring is the best choice. For others, especially those with small children and animals, laminate flooring is a better option. Some people even choose to install laminate flooring when their children are young and upgrade it to hardwood later when it’s less likely to sustain as much damage.
At Niles Floors and Blinds, we sell both hardwood flooring and laminate flooring. We would be happy to help you walk through the process of choosing a new flooring for your home. Our experts will help ensure you choose a floor that you’ll be happy with for many years.