Understanding the Difference Between Laminate and Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood floors are a homeowner’s dream.  Watch any home television show, or go on a house hunt with anyone you know and it is likely you will hear them say that it is on their list of must-haves.  However, when it comes down to it, what many people want is the appearance of a hardwood floor, because they do not truly understand the difference between it and laminate flooring.  And, although many people think of laminate as being cheap, there are many benefits to choosing it over hardwood.

Understanding the Difference Between Laminate and Hardwood Flooring

If you are planning on shopping for new flooring soon, or are adding to your list of “must haves”, pay close attention to this outline of differences between laminate and hardwood to choose which is best for you.

Laminate is a synthetic flooring made of multiple layers of pressed wood or engineered materials.  Although it creates the same “look” as hardwood, there are many differences between the two.  First, laminate flooring is much more cost-friendly than hardwood flooring.  While the average price of laminate flooring is between $2-$8 per square foot, hardwood flooring runs around $3-$10.  Many people assume that because the price of laminate flooring is cheaper, that it is not as durable.  However, laminate flooring stands up better to water spills and scratches.

Hardwood flooring, however, is the real thing.  And, although it doesn’t stand up to scratches and spills as well, it definitely stands up to the test of time.  Most experts would say that hardwood floors last on average 25 years.  However, most can and will last much longer than that. There are some homes over 100 years old that still have their original floors!

No matter which you choose, laminate or hardwood, you can’t go wrong as long as you make the best choice for your home and your budget! Either way, make sure to consult with or hire a professional to help you with the installation so the job is done right!



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