When you want floor covering that is affordable, durable and easy to maintain, consider laminate flooring. Our sales experts can help you explore styles that may be just what you are looking for, particularly if you would like to take on home improvement yourself. The interlocking system of laminate flooring can be a snap for you to install.
laminate flooring or hardwood floors
Laminate Flooring made of sawdust made boards in a manner similar press called HDF MDF (HDF = High Density Fiber). Then one surface in laminate with wood patterned plastic type material. So this is not the kind of real wood, but wood imitation. The advantages of this type of installation is fast and flat colors, as artificial wood fiber.
Hardwood floors are made of planks milled from a single piece of timber. Solid hardwood floors were originally used for structural purposes, being installed perpendicular to the wooden support beams of a building known as joists or bearers. With the increased use of concrete as a subfloor in some parts of the world, engineered wood flooring has gained some popularity. However, solid wood floors are still common and popular. Solid wood floors have a thicker wear surface and can be sanded and finished more times than an engineered wood floor. It is not uncommon for homes in New England, Eastern Canada, and Europe which are several hundred years old to have the original solid wood floor still in use today.
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Price: laminate flooring vs hardwood flooring cost
Laminate Flooring: Laminate wood flooring is made from composite wood pressed together at high temperatures. The photograph or image of hardwood is then covered over the composite wood to form the laminate, thus is cheaper. Laminate wood installation cost is on an average 50% less than hardwood.
Hardwood Flooring: Hardwood flooring is made from harvested trees and depending on how exotic the trees are will depict the pricing. Hardwood is considerably higher to buy and to install.
Durability: laminate flooring vs hardwood durability
Laminate Flooring : Since laminate wood flooring is made from pressed wood it is more durable and resists scratches, moisture and wear and tear better than hardwood flooring. Laminate flooring is also easier to clean on a routine basis. Even though laminate is more durable it is not as visually appealing and lower qualities of laminate may have artificial looking wood grain textures.
Hardwood Flooring: Hardwood is susceptible to scratching, can get damaged from excessive moisture and will show wear, especially in heavy trafficked areas in your home. Hardwood is the ‘real deal’. It is gorgeous to look at and depending on the variety can add considerable value to your home.
Repair: laminate flooring vs hardwood easy repair
Laminate Flooring: Laminate flooring doesn’t repair easily. If you buy flooring that comes in individual pieces and snapped together, you may be able to replace. Although, depending on sunlight and age, the new piece may not match properly.
Hardwood Flooring: Hardwood can be repaired by sanding and refinishing out imperfections. This advantage gives hardwood a plus over laminate, in that it will last for years into the future.