HARDWOOD VS LAMINATE FLOORING: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE
Many homeowners who want an aesthetic wood floor finish may face the option to choose between hardwood and laminate. On the early days of laminate wood flooring, this can be an easy choice to make, as hardwood floor was a far better option and laminate’s inferior wood look was very apparent. Today, however, with the continuous development being made to perform better, laminate wood flooring can directly compete with hardwood floor.
Solid Hardwood Flooring- Since hardwood is made of harvested trees, it costs considerably higher than laminate. Price steeply escalates starting from low end to exotic species.
Laminate Flooring- Since the materials made are cheaper, laminate flooring has a more affordable rate. Quality laminate is priced higher than thinner laminate, at the expense however of mediocre appearance. Additionally, laminate flooring installation is more economical than with solid hardwood.
DURABILITY AND LONGEVITY
Solid Hardwood Flooring- Hardwood can be subjected to marks and scrapes, especially on areas with heavy traffic and can also be susceptible to moisture. However, durability of authentic hardwood flooring can vary according to finish, maintenance and manufacturer. With the right care, hardwood flooring can last a lifetime
Laminate Flooring- At best, laminate flooring can last a decade. Depending on the finish, laminate flooring can be resistant with scratches, moisture, staining and fading.
Solid Hardwood Flooring- Properties that have solid hardwood flooring are valued high in the market, especially well maintained ones. Since longevity of hardwood is better than laminate, prospective buyers don’t have to worry about replacing the floor. However, low end wood flooring, such as red oak, may cost lower than premium laminate flooring.
Laminate Flooring- Premium laminate flooring has a moderate resale value. Since this type of flooring cannot be sanded or refinished, maintaining its usual quality is hard as accumulated wear and tear can eventually diminish its condition.
EASE OF MAINTENANCE
Solid Hardwood Flooring- It is important to use special hardwood flooring cleaners and avoid using detergents or furniture polish as they can permanently damage the finish.
Laminate Flooring- Regular maintenance such as sweeping or wiping with damp cloth can be enough to care for laminate flooring.
If you’re looking for a high quality wood floor finish, Fit My Floor LTD can provide you with a variety of options. For anyone looking for a luxurious, authentic wood finish in the home, our solid wood flooring are a great choice. Alternatively, if you want the feel of a wooden floor into your home, but need flooring which is tougher and more durable, consider choosing our laminate flooring. If you have any enquiries about the range of products and the services we offer, don’t hesitate to contact us on 01633 271260 or email us at [email protected] and a member of our friendly team will reach out to you promptly.