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Hardwood vs Laminate Flooring

You may be in the process of switching your flooring to either hardwood or laminate – and, if that’s the case, you may also be wondering about the differences between the two and which one is the best for your flooring needs.

If this sounds like your current situation, keep reading to find out how hardwood and laminate flooring differentiate from each other, which will help you to decide which solution might be the perfect fit for your home.

Pros and Cons of Hardwood

Hardwood is as the name suggests – it is made from hardwood, typically 3-layer engineered wood to be exact. Some of the pros of hardwood flooring include:

  • It is the perfect flooring type for both residential and commercial purposes due to its versatility and timeless appeal
  • Scratch and stain resistant, making it ideal for pet owners and families with small children
  • Long-lasting and sturdy, which makes it a worthwhile investment
  • Increases value of property, especially residential homes

On the one hand, it also comes with a few cons:

  • Compared to laminate flooring, hardwood leans more on the expensive side
  • Although it is fairly scratch resistant, it is still possible for the flooring to be scratched
  • Unless specially coated, it is not water resistant, and so not recommended for kitchens and bathrooms

Pros and Cons of Laminate

Whereas hardwood consists of wood materials, laminate is made up of layers of high-density fibreboard (HDF) with a printed wood design. The pros of laminate flooring are:

  • Extremely affordable compared to hardwood flooring
  • Better scratch and stain resistance in comparison to hardwood flooring
  • Can be implemented in areas that get wet easily such as bathrooms and kitchens as it is water resistant
  • Any damage can easily be repaired
  • Durable material, making it great for both residential and commercial use

Meanwhile, laminate flooring also has its own drawbacks such as:

  • Although laminate flooring is water resistant, it is not waterproof, which means that large spillages and leaks may actually cause damage to laminate flooring
  • The longevity of laminate flooring is not as long spanning as hardwood flooring. That said, the lifespan can be prolonged and preserved with regular care and maintenance

Choosing Between Hardwood and Laminate

It is worth noting that both of these flooring types are quick and easy to install, but whether you pick hardwood or laminate is completely up to your own preferences. Now that we have listed a few of the differences between the two, you should have a better idea of which one is most suitable for your needs.

In particular, if you are planning on renovating the flooring in your bathroom, laminate is the best option compared to hardwood flooring since it is water resistant. However, for durability and longevity, we recommend hardwood flooring. Despite its higher price point, you will reap great return on investment, as hardwood lasts longer and can even increase the value of your home.

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