Hardwood versus Laminate Flooring

hardwood v laminateWhen deciding on new flooring, one of the overwhelming favorites is wood flooring. Inevitably, the question of Hardwood or Laminate floor comes up. In my experience, most people choice goes first to hardwood floor. In the past, the decision was much easier but with advancement in manufacturing, choosing between the two is a bit more difficult.hardwood v laminate

The three dominant factors in the decision are: Price, Aesthetics and Durability.

PRICE
Hardwood is made from harvested trees. The type of trees can range from ordinary to exotic. Thus, the price ranges from expensive to astronomical. Also, factor in the cost of installation, which is considerably higher. Unless money is no object, laminate flooring is the hands-down winner.

AESTHETICS
Arguably, hardwood is gorgeous. It is spectacularly beautiful to look at. Laminate flooring does have some limitations in that it may have artificial looking wood grain textures. However, advances in manufacturing is creating some truly stunning looking laminate floors. The aesthetic chasm is less wide than it used to be. But you don’t just look at it. You have to factor in durability.

DURABILITY
Wood floor is susceptible to scratching, can get damaged from excessive moisture and will show wear, especially in high traffic areas. Granted, hardwood floors can be refinished (which you can’t do with laminate floors) but this is costly and should NOT be done by anyone other than a professional.

Conversely, laminate wood flooring is made from pressed wood it is more durable and resists scratches, moisture and wears better than hardwood flooring. Laminate flooring is also easier to clean on a routine basis.

So, ask yourself: how much foot traffic will I have?; do I have children or pets?; will it be in a room(s) where things will be potentially dropped on the floor? (i.e. kitchen)

Bottom line, investing in new flooring is a huge decision. We are here to assist you in choosing the right flooring for you.

Contact us today for a FREE estimate.
Bert Randeen – 310.328.8600

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