At Floor Coverings International Waukesha, Brookfield families often ask us for advice on how to find the right flooring for their homes. One of the most common questions we receive is, “How do I choose between hardwood and laminate floors?” This is not an easy question to answer because both are great choices depending on what you value. Read on to learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of each flooring option.
What’s Laminate, Anyway?
Just in case you are unfamiliar with laminate flooring, here is a quick overview of it’s made. Whereas hardwood is made from wood cut into solid planks, laminate is layered. The base is composed of a strong composite wood, and on top, you can find a vinyl top layer with the printed design.
Laminate flooring is often the first choice for pet owners because it is resistant to dings and scratches. This is due to its strong vinyl top layer. It may be easier to mar hardwood floors, but they will always last longer than laminate because they can be refinished many times during their lifetime (up to ten times for solid hardwood and four times for engineered hardwood).
Laminate is super low maintenance. One of its main advantages of hardwood is that it is more resistant to moisture. This means that you can safely mop most laminates. You also never need to refinish or restain laminate floors. Hardwood requires more maintenance than laminate, but you do not have to buy new floorboards to fix wear and tear. It is difficult to repair laminate and often cheaper to replace.
Laminate is much more affordable than hardwood due to materials as well as its ease of installation. Hardwood, however, is a much better investment because with regular maintenance, it can last for generations. Depending on the quality, laminate floors last around twenty years.
For more information, your local flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Waukesha are here to help. Call to schedule a free appointment with one of our design specialists. Find the floors of your dreams today!
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