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.
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.
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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