When it is time to choose the flooring for your home you may be faced with the dilemma of comparing laminate versus hardwood flooring. You want the look of the hardwood, the price of the laminate, and you may have a hard time deciding which of your wants to meet.
We will take a look at the two flooring types according to different categories that homeowners have said were important to them.
Laminates are man-made planks that are engineered to look like the natural hardwoods. Many of the laminates come very close to being indistinguishable from the hardwood they are copying. Laminates are generally priced about fifty percent less than hardwoods are. That means that the laminates are more cost effective at the time of purchase, but will these man-made board imitators be able to last as long as the real deal?
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If you are talking about how hard it is to care for the flooring after it is installed then the laminate planks will win this category. Not only are laminates flooring cheaper to buy, they are much easier to care for. When you have laminate flooring all you really need to do to keep it looking good is use a dust mop to remove dirt and debris, and then use a damp mop to remove grime on occasion. Hardwood floors will require the same dust mopping for the removal of dirt and debris. They will get the same mopping to remove grime, but they will also periodically need to be waxed to help them retain their shine.
Hardwood boards on the floor are beautiful. They are warm, inviting, and they have a glow that no other flooring can capture. Laminate planks come very close to imitating the look of hardwood boards. The laminates are pretty to look at. They appear warm and inviting, and they have their own glow depending on the finish you select. The two types of flooring stack up evenly in this category.
Durability of Laminate Flooring Hardwood Flooring :
Laminate planks are incredibly durable, but their durability increases, and decreases according to the thickness of the laminate planks. The real winner in this category is going to be the hardwoods. The natural hardwoods can be easily repaired if they are gouged, or cut. You can sand the marks out of these boards to create boards that look brand new even after they have been installed for fifty years. If a laminate plank gets damaged the entire plank must be replaced.
Installation techniques of Laminate Flooring Hardwood Flooring
Laminate floors are easy to install. Almost anyone can install laminate planks even if they have no skill. Hardwood flooring is much harder to install and requires precision cutting, and lots of experience. Laminate flooring can be installed over a concrete slab. Before you lay the laminate you install a padding or underlayment. Natural wood floor boards must be nailed to another sub-floor that is made of wood. Laminate wins the comparison for being easy to install.
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