Traditional hardwood flooring is an expensive and timeless choice for residential spaces. It increases resale value which is why older homes with genuine hardwood floors are popular among home buyers. However, buyers who have a lower budget can achieve the natural look of hardwood by opting for laminate flooring.
With the latest developments in their manufacturing process, laminates are outperforming hardwood in many ways. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the advantages of laminate flooring over hardwood flooring.
Why Choose Laminate Flooring over Hardwood
Do you want the natural look of hardwood flooring on a budget? If so, go for laminate flooring. Here’s why it is an affordable and durable alternative to hardwood flooring.
Unlike hardwood flooring that is made of 100% real wood, laminate flooring is a synthetic product composed of several layers of different materials pressed together at high heat. It’s topped with a décor layer which has a printed image of hardwood or other materials to recreate their natural look. Over this image, a transparent wear layer is sealed which protects the surface from scratches, daily wear as well as staining and fading. The core layer is made of fibreboard which protects it from dents. Laminates are also an excellent flooring choice if you have pets. Its wear layer protects the floor surface from dog and cat claws.
Hardwood, on the other hand, is susceptible to scratches, dents and gouges. It can also easily get discoloured when exposed to UV rays.
The back layer of laminate boards functions as a moisture barrier that protects the core layer from water damage. This makes laminate flooring to serve moderately well in semi-moist areas such as kitchens and lightly used bathrooms. Hardwood is vulnerable to moisture and isn’t fit to install in a moist environment.
New innovations have made laminates one of the easiest floors to install. It can be installed over existing floor materials except for carpet. The installation procedure doesn’t involve glue, nails or any special tools. Laminate flooring is mostly available in click-lock or snap-together system that makes the installation an easy DIY project, unlike hardwood installation which requires special tools and professionals.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Laminates are easier to clean and maintain than hardwood. Regular sweeping and vacuuming are all you need to keep it shining like new as the wear layer protects it from stains, spills and scratches. Hardwood, however, requires proper dust mopping and vacuuming to remove dust, dirt, debris and pet hair which can scratch the surface. When using a vacuum you should only use a floor-brush attachment or use a vacuum cleaner meant for hardwood floors. A commercial liquid wood cleaner should also be used for periodic deep cleaning to remove dust and dirt build-up over time.
Average laminate flooring costs nearly half the price of solid hardwood as the materials they’re made of are cheaper. Hardwood flooring is expensive as it’s made of harvested trees and the price depends on how exotic the tree is.
Hardwood flooring has a beautiful, natural texture, but laminate flooring can recreate the appearance of any wood, stain or finish. The result is an abundance of stylistic options, including exotic wood species, at an affordable rate.
Hardwood is a timeless flooring choice but doesn’t complement a wide range of home decor styles. Simple, sleek and contemporary laminate flooring, for example, can accentuate minimalist, nautical or industrial decor without overpowering your existing interiors. Instead, it seamlessly blends with other elements of your home, thus making it a versatile addition to any decor.
Apart from being resistant to moisture, laminate is a great choice if you’re looking for scratch-resistant flooring. It is ideal for high-traffic areas like the living room and foyer. Laminate flooring comes in handy if you have children or pets, as it has a topical finish coat (or wear layer) that makes it resistant to scratches, dents, wear and stains. It also handles most furniture well, so you don’t need to worry about your floors when moving furniture around.
Ease of Repair
Lightweight, snap-together laminate flooring is not only easy to install but a breeze to repair because it snaps apart. When a plank is damaged, you simply remove it instead of pulling apart the whole floor. There’s no need to hire a professional as you can repair it yourself.
Now that you know in which categories laminate flooring outperforms hardwood, you can make an informed decision for your home based on your budget and needs.
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