Deciding between Hardwood and Laminate Floors
The age old question, well in the last 15 years at least, is whether to choose hardwood or laminate floors for your home. Both seem viable options, however they are completely different types of flooring. Today, we will look deeper into both hardwood or laminate floors for a more in depth comparison.
Hardwood is all about natural beauty, grain, colors and quality and depth of shine. It is one of the more upscale flooring options on the market and also a bit more expensive than its direct competitors. Although more costly, it is a worth investment as you will see the return on selling a home with hardwood floors is quite nice, even in this economy.
There are a few comfort features that hardwood floors bring to the table. My favorite is the warmth that hardwood floors can bring to a room or area. It is smooth to walk on barefoot and less hard than you think. The colors of the hardwood itself can be remarkable to behold. Hues of yellows, oranges, reds, whites, browns and even blacks can be found in the numerous species available, making it simple to get the right look and feel for you home’s aesthetic.
But when doing a comparison, there are always a few negatives no matter how impressive something is. Because there are no hardwoods that are 100% the same as the next, you need to make sure that you are getting the right quality of wood for your needs. Also the pricing can be a bit hard for first time buyer’s and often you can be oversold and pay more than you needed to. But being a wary and educated consumer is a great way to protect yourself.
Hardwood floors scratch and scuff easier than other hard surface flooring because they are naturally more pliable. Properly maintaining hardwood floors are the key to success, so having the time to clean and repair mishaps should be a factor in your decision.
Laminate floors are known for being the alternative floor, and respectively so, as they really look like hardwood and tile floors. In fact they replicate them so well, that they are often thought to be the real deal. Digital photography is used to capture the look and feel of the aimed for flooring to be cloned. The result is a product that is hard to determine as not be genuine.
Laminate floors cost a fair amount less than hardwood floors and can typically be easier to install, catering to the Do-it-Yourselfer. You can get most of the looks of real wood, but depending on the quality, the finish may seem slightly off on the final product. The main way I have learned to spot a laminate is by looking at the sheen on the top layer. The finish combined with the right angle of light gives off that man made shine.
The bonuses over hardwood flooring are fairly good though. Laminate floors won’t fade in the sun like natural products do, and if your pet makes an accident it is easier to clean up when caught early.
The downside is the fact that your not really going to be able to get a great return on your flooring investment if you ever choose to sale your home. Other than that, laminate floors are another excellent option for flooring your home.