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Laminate vs. Hardwood

POSTED BY DECORIST EDITORIAL TEAM
JUNE 16, 2017
Photo credit: MyDomaine

Decorist – 5 Reasons to Choose Laminate Over Hardwood Flooring

Laminate flooring has come a long way in recent years. For a long time, natural hardwood was the only flooring option for homeowners who desired the refined look of wood flooring. Now, however, you can find a wide selection of laminate flooring that looks elegant and high-end, and you may not even be able to tell the difference between some laminate options and real hardwood. More and more homeowners and developers are choosing laminate over hardwood, and for good reasons. Here’s a look at just some of the main benefits of choosing laminate vs. hardwood flooring.

 

1. It’s Cheaper

Hardwood flooring is expensive, so it’s certainly not ideal for homeowners who are renovating on a budget. The typical price for hardwood is between $8 and $15 per square foot (including installation), whereas laminate flooring costs between $3 and $11 per square foot. Essentially, laminate flooring gives you the look and feel of hardwood flooring without the steep price, so you can achieve the look you want without breaking the bank. 

 

2. It’s More Resilient

Scratches, dings, and scuffs have long been the bane of homeowners with hardwood flooring. Laminate flooring is much more durable and resilient than natural hardwood flooring, which is why it’s an ideal option for a home filled with children or pets. When put to the test, laminate consistently proves to be more durable than hardwood against a variety of outside factors. So if you want flooring that will withstand your dog’s nails, high heels, and dining room chairs, you should opt for laminate over hardwood.

 

3. It’s Easier to Install

Installing hardwood flooring is a long, tedious process. To install hardwood, specialists need specific tools, extensive experience, and a lot of time. With laminate flooring, though, installation is fast and clean – there’s no glue, nails, or even sanding required. It’s so simple you could even do it yourself. Because of this quick and easy installation, once your floors are in place, you can walk on them right away. Conversely, laminate floors are also easy to uninstall. So if you decide to switch up the look of your kitchen after a few years, you won’t have to worry about the painstaking process of tearing up hardwood floors. 

 

4. It’s Low Maintenance

Laminate flooring is a godsend for lovers of all things low-maintenance. Laminates are easy to clean, and they also don’t require regular polishing, waxing, or resurfacing. Plus, laminate flooring is fade resistant, so it won’t experience fading from the sunlight like hardwood flooring does after many years. Carefully engineered laminate requires very little upkeep, so your floors will remain beautiful for years to come.   

 

5. It’s Environmentally Friendly

Homeowners are more conscious of their ecological footprint than ever before. If you want to reduce your environmental footprint, you should consider laminate flooring. Manufacturers of laminate flooring reuse and recycle wood waste, such as wood chips and sawdust, making it the eco-friendly choice compared to hardwood. Laminate flooring creates the look of a natural resource – like wood or even stone – without actually destroying any natural resources. 

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