Hardwood Flooring vs. Laminate Flooring

Making a decision to choose either Hardwood or Laminate Flooring can be confusing. A little research on the pros and cons of each category could help you make a better choice.
Harwood provides a natural warmth and beauty to any room. Now- a- days laminate floors capture the look of real woods and stones. Hardwood comes in a variety of wood species, from vivid exotics to traditional hardwoods, so it is quite simple to pick one to balance your décor or design style.

Along with modish designs, laminate offer high resiliency and versatility, which means laminate can be installed anywhere in your home. For unique looks and unbeatable sturdiness, laminate is the obvious flooring option to choose. Both hardwood and laminate has become a popular sustainable option among many homeowners. Both the floors are gorgeous, but they have their own lowdowns. Weigh the pros and cons and choose the best that suits your home decor.

Pros of Hardwood flooring-

Exotic-Specialty-Hardwood-Flooring-angicoMany styles available- Hardwood flooring works with all styles of decorating from traditional to modern. Available in several types of woods, such as oak, cherry and walnut and can be sanded and stained upon your personal taste.

Longevity- Hardwood can last for ages if well maintained. If the existing finish is sufficiently worn down, the floor can be sanded and refinished.

Ease of Maintenance- Hardwood floors is highly durable and relatively simple to care for, it is an effortless process to keep your hardwood shining with just a broom and a floor mop regularly. This reduces its cost of maintenance.

Value- Hardwood can add resale value to your home. The older the hardwood the more precious it becomes, can say “Ageless Flooring Material”.

Ease of Repair- Hardwood is quite simple to repair than laminate flooring. If the surface damage is extensive, the entire floor can be sanded and refinished.

Cons of Hardwood Flooring-

Price- Hardwood tends to be slightly expensive than laminate. Need to be refinished occasionally- Hardwood in high traffic areas, especially with pets, will be prone to showing damage. So, scuffed and scratched floors need to be refinished.

Noisier- Hardwood flooring can be noisy in the areas of high traffic, especially those with kids or pets. Placing an area rug can help in reducing the sound and provides added warmth to the room.

Pros of Laminate Flooring-

18_laminatePrice- Laminate price is on an average 50% less than hardwood. Laminate is made from composite wood pressed together at high temperatures. The image of hardwood then covered over the composite wood from the laminate, thus it is reasonably priced.

Easy to install- Laminate flooring is meant to be easy to install. Laminate floors are available in click lock designs with dry adhesive that makes it easy to install.

Durable- Since laminate is made from pressed wood it is more durable and resists scratches, moisture and wear and tear than hardwood. Laminate is a resilient flooring option and can withstand in high volume areas as well.

Moisture- Laminate is highly resistant to moisture and is often used for soggy areas like bathrooms, kitchens and basements. Nonetheless, it’s important to follow the manufacturer warranty in order to avoid further damages.

Easy to clean- Unlike the other flooring materials laminate does not require waxing. Cleaning can be done with a regular sweeping and a dry mop can keep your floors impressive for years.

Cons of Laminate Flooring-

Difficult to Repair- Laminate floor cannot be repaired easily. Hence, complete replacement of flooring should be done which is not viable all the time.

Longevity- Laminate floors have short life span comparatively to hardwood. Since, these floors cannot be refinished or sanded; more prone to wear and tear and eventually damages the floor.

Cannot be sanded or refinished- A biggest lowdown of laminate flooring, it cannot be refinished and sanded. These floors are not scratch resistant which may result in a dull look.

Although confusing at first, these differences can help you now to choose the flooring option between Hardwood and laminate.

Hardwood Flooring vs. Laminate Flooring was last modified: October 29th, 2014 by Jason Valasek