Hardwood Vs Laminate - Online Article

The number one question people ask me is what is the difference between Hardwood Flooring and Laminate Flooring? Both flooring options are a hard surface and many laminate flooring options look like real hardwood. Most people assume that laminate flooring is made of wood but that is not true.

Laminate flooring is actually made of recycled wood fibers or melamine resin with a photograph on top of the material sealed with aluminum oxide finish. Solid hardwood on the other hand is made completely of domestic wood like oak and hickory or more exotics like Brazilian teak and heartwood. Both can make your home look like a million bucks.

Advantages of Laminate Flooring

  1. Extremely impact, scratch, sunlight fade and stain resistant
  2. Much lower cost than hardwood or carpet
  3. Easy installation using no glue or nails
  4. Most laminate flooring can be used anywhere within the home, including wet area (but may not be warrantied)
  5. Very durable and long lasting
  6. Does not need a wax or polish
  7. Highly resistant to the effects of sunlight
  8. Most laminate can be used over radiant heated concrete slabs
  9. Easy to maintain
  10. Good for people who suffer from allergies

Advantages of Hardwood Flooring

  1. Hardwood flooring increases the value of a home
  2. Long lasting natural beauty
  3. Easy to Repair
  4. Easy to maintain
  5. Solid Hardwood flooring can be sanded and refinished multiple times
  6. Good for people who suffer from allergies
  7. Very durable

Either type of flooring makes a great choice for any homeowner. Which flooring would you choose?

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