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Wood or Laminate Flooring?

Wood Flooring and. Laminate Flooring, What are the key differences?

Most people find the beauty and lifespan of hardwood alluring. Hardwood floors are made from harvested trees. They are solid wood planks that create the foundation of your room.

Laminate floors are made from composite wood that is pressed together at high temperatures. Then the image of hardwood is placed over it to form the laminate flooring. But with other “lookalike” options on the market, many people are tempted by the affordability of laminate and wonder if it is a better option. Today we will compare them and see which choice is right for you.

Price – Laminate Flooring is the Winner

When it comes to the price point, Laminate flooring is more affordable than hardwood flooring. How much you will spend depends on the specific type of hardwood and the kind of material used in the laminate flooring.

Wear, Tear, and Repair- It’s a Draw

Laminate doesn’t scratch as easily as wood flooring. It also endures moisture better than wood, so it will stay looking like new, longer. Wood, on the other hand, is easily scratched and dented. It is susceptible to moisture damage, which can result in warping. However, over time, wood can be sanded and refinished. This allows the wood to have a longer life than laminate, which cannot be refinished.

Appearance- Wood Flooring is the Winner

Even though laminate flooring is made as a wood flooring alternative, the wood grain on laminate appears artificial. Nothing quite compares to the look and feel of real hardwood floors.

Overall Winner- It Depends on You

Whether you choose laminate or hardwood floors will depend on your lifestyle, the room in which the flooring will be installed, and your priorities. You may choose one and install it in every room of your home. Or you might put laminate in your kitchen and bathroom and wood floors in your living and dining room.  You may even choose engineered hardwood, but that is for another article.

For help deciding which type of flooring is best for your home, call the Twin Cities’ flooring experts at Dave’s Floor Sanding and Installation. We will be happy to consult with you and give you an estimate for your next project. Contact us today!