When investing in a new floor for your home, many homeowners are faced with the choice between hardwoods and laminate. The difference between the two options can be confusing, but there are pros and cons to both. As with any home investment, you want to be sure that it is going to bring lasting value. To see which option may be right for you, read the pros and cons of each below.
Cost – Hardwood flooring is made of real wood sourced from harvested trees. Pricing largely depends on what type of wood is used; but as a general rule, hardwood flooring is more expensive and harder to install than laminate.
Durability – Hardwood flooring is susceptible to scratching as well as moisture damage. In areas such as hallways and kitchens, the real wood can show significant wear over time.
Value – Hardwood flooring is beautiful and desirable! Depending on the type of wood, it can add significant value to your home.
Repair – Hardwoods can be repaired easily by simply sanding imperfections away and refinishing the wood. This allows your hardwood flooring to last for many years to come.
Cost – Laminate flooring is made from composite wood pressed together. The wood image is then placed over the composite. Both the laminate materials and installation costs are much less expensive than hardwood flooring.
Durability – Laminate flooring is more durable because it resists scratches as well as moisture damage. Laminate also does not show wear and is easier to clean.
Value – Laminate is not as visually appealing as hardwoods and, therefore, is less valuable to your home. Low qualities of laminate can also have a “fake” appearance or have artificial wood-grain texture.
Repair – Laminate flooring is not easily repaired. If the flooring was installed in individual pieces, those may be able to be replaced if damaged; however, they may not match the originals.
Adding value to your home is always a good idea! If you have hardwood or laminate flooring installed in your home, make sure you receive the leftover boards or laminate pieces. Keeping a box of leftover pieces in a dry place in your home is an excellent idea should a need for repairs arise. Let me know if these tips helped!
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