Side-By-Side Flooring Option Comparison

Deciding what type of flooring option is best for you is never an easy task, so we decided to at least take the guess work out of it and give you the hard facts on various flooring types. What will be best for your home really depends on the environment and space. Make sure to factor in Family, Pets and Household Energy while reading through these pros and cons so that you can reach a solution to your home’s flooring option.

Flooring Option Comparison

Laminate-Flooring-ChoicesLaminate Flooring

Pros:

  • Easy to maintain and very scratch resistant.
  • Works very well in humid environments, making it ideal for bathrooms, kitchens and basements.
  • Cheaper end of the flooring spectrum.
  • Very easy flooring to install and replace.

Cons:

  • Does not last as long as hardwood flooring in your home.
  • Can be slippery when it is wet.
  • Cannot be sanded or refinished like hardwood flooring.
  • It can scuff easily.

 

Hardwood-Flooring-In-The-KitchenSolid Hardwood Flooring

Pros:

Cons:

  • Cannot be installed in high humidity areas of the home because of seasonal shrinking and swelling.
  • More expensive than most other flooring options.
  • Installation requires nailing to the sub-flooring, making it a more difficult installation to perform DIY. Professional installation is recommended.

Hand-Scraped-Hardwood-FlooringEngineered Wood Flooring

Pros:

  • Engineered wood is in between laminate and solid hardwood flooring on the moisture protection level, but it is a definite candidate for bathrooms, kitchens and basements.
  • Engineered flooring is less expensive than solid hardwood flooring.
  • Dimensionally speaking, more stable than  solid hardwood flooring due to its cross ply construction.

Cons:

  • Will only handle being refinished once or twice depending on how much sanding is needed.
  • Bad scratches will result in replacing the individual planks as sanding and refinishing will not work.

 

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