Should I choose a hardwood floor or laminate?

Should I choose a hardwood floor or laminate?

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If you are looking to upgrade the floor in your house, you’ll probably be overwhelmed with the amount of options. One of the more traditional choices would be to install an authentic hardwood floor.

Laminate flooring can look very similar to real hardwood, and is available in a large variety of styles and quality levels. There are, however, a few important differences between the two. We will point these differences out for you in this week’s post.


Differences between real hardwood and engineered hardwood

First off, it’s important to note that real hardwood and engineered hardwood are two entirely different things. Although they might look similar when you see them installed, only the top layer of engineered hardwood planks is actual real hardwood. The rest of the material is made out of plywood.

Engineered hardwood doesn’t last as long as a real hardwood floor, because the smaller top layer only offers a limited amount of refinishing. It’s not surprising that real hardwood is more expensive than engineered hardwood.

Advantages of a hardwood floor

The most important benefit of a hardwood floor is its authentic look. A house can actually go up in value if hardwood floors are installed. It has a very traditional and familiar feel to it and is just beautiful to look at.

If a hardwood floor gets damaged it’s possible to sand it and make it look like brand new again. Because of this refinishing ability, a hardwood floor is one of the most durable flooring options out there.

Hardwood Floor

A real hardwood floor/ Photo by Boa-Franc / CC BY


Disadvantages of a hardwood floor

Hardwood flooring is quite expensive when compared to most other flooring materials. Some of the exotic trees used in the process are more costly than others which can drive up the price.

A hardwood floor isn’t very easy to install, especially when compared to some types of click floor systems. There are several instalment options, most of them including glue or stapling. If you decide to hire a professional to take care of the installation process for you, it will obviously influence your total flooring expenses.

Hardwood can’t be placed in any area that is regularly exposed to moisture. This makes hardwood flooring a bad material to use in a bathroom or toilet. Hardwood wears down quickly when it comes in contact with water and can deform as a result.


Advantages of a laminate floor

Laminate flooring consists out of compressed composite wood, making it a very affordable flooring option. Most of the laminate can be easily clicked together making the installation process very straightforward. It’s not very expensive to have it installed or you can just do it yourself to save even more money. Laminate flooring can be bought starting from around $3 per square foot.

Laminate comes with a photo image on the top layer, which can represent different types of material. Some laminate floors might fool you to be authentic hardwood flooring. The positive thing about the many types of appearances, is that there’s probably a laminate system available that matches your specific aesthetic preferences. The top layer also has a protective function, making it able to resist scratching and discoloration.


Disadvantages of a laminate floor

A laminate floor can’t be sanded or repaired, which reduces the lifespan of the material significantly. If certain parts of your laminate floor are damaged, you could take some boards out and replace them but it will probably affect the continuity of your floor.


Should I choose a hardwood floor or laminate?

Once you are familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of hardwood and laminate floors, you will have to decide the most important features for you.

If you’re looking to buy the most beautiful floor to enjoy for many years to come, hardwood would be your best option. If you’re probably going to move to a new house within a couple of years and don’t have much money to spend, laminate would be a better option.

If you need the help of a professional with any of your flooring issues, you can always get in contact with us. We will be more than happy to assist you.

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