Laminate vs. Wood Flooring – The Big Debate
For a sleek and sophisticated aesthetic you can’t beat the look of wood flooring. However to achieve this you don’t actually have to have real wood flooring, as laminate represents an incredibly effective alternative, but which is the best option for you?
There’s quite a lot to consider when weighing up your flooring options, so read on as we take a look at four of the key factors.
When it comes to cost there is a clear winner – laminate. The installation of laminate wood can cost on average 50% less than a hardwood floor, so if you really want the look of wood flooring but can’t quite afford the expense it is the ideal solution.
However what is worth considering is that although real wood flooring involves a greater initial outlay it can be seen as somewhat of an investment as it will increase the value of your home.
You will need to work at maintaining both laminate and wood flooring through a combination of sweeping/vacuuming and mopping, however the latter is slightly more vulnerable to scratches and moisture than its cheaper alternative.
However as laminate isn’t quite as attractive as real wood to begin with you could argue that the fact it is more durable is somewhat negated.
This is one area where real wood is the clear winner. Laminate isn’t quite as easy to repair and although you may be able to replace certain sections that become damaged it is likely that it won’t quite match with the rest of the floor.
Hardwood on the other hand can be sanded and refinished to remove any imperfections ensuring it can last for decades. However if you do not have the time to go to such lengths to restore a hardwood floor it might be better to opt for the more durable laminate – especially in high foot traffic areas of your property.
As the saying goes, ‘you get what you pay for’, and when you spend the extra on a real hardwood floor you will see the difference in the finished article. Although laminate is an accurate imitation it cannot quite replicate that level of quality and instantly recognisable style that makes hardwood so popular.
Ultimately much of your decision will come down to your budget, as laminate’s primary advantage over hardwood is in its comparative cost. However which ever one you choose will prove to be one of the key features of your home.
This guest blog was written by John Rooney on behalf of Posh Flooring – specialist stockists of both real wood and laminate flooring.