For years wood flooring has been viewed as superior to its faux counterpart – laminate. Wood’s natural warmth and beauty bring an ambiance to a home that is welcoming and timeless. Despite wood’s historical preference, the laminate is making its way back into the appeal of both first time and seasoned homeowners alike.
So what is the difference between wood and laminate flooring?
Wood’s tremendous texture and variation have attracted the appeal of homeowners for centuries. No two pieces of wood look exactly the same, which means that your floor is 100% unique to you and your home. But this individuality comes at a price. Not only does wood cost more than laminate, it is much softer and shows heavier wear over time. This means that your floor requires more maintenance and may need to be periodically replaced.
Laminate has traditionally been viewed as second-class, but with advancements in engineering and design, the laminate is looking better and performing better than it did 10 years ago. Laminate is far more affordable than wood and requires very little maintenance. It’s durability and versatility now offer homeowners a wide range of appealing and long-lasting selection. Laminate is not without its downsides though, because of its gridlock installation, it can be much more costly for any necessary repairs.
So which is better?
Before making your flooring decisions, consider this:
- How much can you afford to spend?
- What kind of short-term/long-term commitment do you have to your home?
- Are you investing in your home for resale?
- How much are you willing to spend on maintenance?
Whether you’re striving to increase the value of your home or searching for a floor that will last a lifetime, both wood and laminate flooring offer a wide variety of options and choice perfect for your home renovation needs.