Laminate flooring may be a practical option for those with pets as it is more resistant to scratches and moisture than hardwood, which will require refinishing or replacing if damaged. It can also feel less warm and inviting than wood floors that provide variation in temperature. On the other hand, laminate requires installation by professionals and can sometimes feel less realistic than hardwood. Having hardwood floors in your home can increase the value of your property. They are also warmer and more inviting than laminate flooring but are susceptible to moisture damage and scratches. If you have pets or small children, it is important to remember that hardwood will show scratches easily unless maintained properly.
What is laminate flooring?
Laminate flooring is often an affordable option, as individual planks of laminate can be very inexpensive. With laminate flooring, the layers of the planks are glued together with synthetic resin-based adhesives or with solid vinyl sheets. This type of flooring is designed so that you can lay it over any sub-floor without any special preparation.
Pros of laminate flooring
Laminate flooring is known for being more affordable. For the price, it’s a great, durable option that doesn’t need to be refinished. Also, if you do choose to refinish your laminate floors over time and in order to preserve their appearance and condition, doing so will not require sanding them down as hardwood flooring does. Because it is made of synthetic materials, it also won’t expand or contract with humidity changes in your house like some wood types might.
Cons of laminate flooring
Some types of laminate are less durable than other types, if a scratch occurs or moisture seeps in, the damage is irreversible. It will also be seen through the translucent surface of some types of laminate flooring. Laminate flooring can also lack warmth and character because it is made up of synthetic materials and has a uniform texture.
What is hardwood flooring?
Hardwood flooring is made from the wood of actual trees. This type of flooring must be sanded in order to remove its rough edges before staining and finishing. Each plank contains a top layer of hardwood with grains that vary from board to board.
Pros of hardwood flooring
A benefit to hardwood flooring is that it comes in many different colors and textures, depending on the stain or sealant you use. The wood itself can also vary from board to board, giving your room a more natural feel.
Cons of hardwood flooring
The installation process for solid or engineered hardwood floors requires special care due to the organic material involved, and this process is also time-consuming. The cost of installation for hardwood can be higher than some other types of flooring because it requires more materials and takes longer to install. Hardwood floors must also be resealed periodically in order to maintain their beautiful appearance.
We hope this in-depth blog post has helped you understand the pros and cons of laminate flooring vs. hardwood floors so that you can make an informed decision about your new flooring type. If all of these details are making it difficult to decide, let us know!