Posted on: 19 May 2017
If you're replacing the floors in your home, you might have trouble deciding between hardwood flooring and laminate flooring. That's okay. You certainly aren't alone. There are pros and cons of both materials, and you need to understand what they are before making your final decision. This way, you don't end up wasting money on floors that you end up hating. This article will help you learn more about hardwood and laminate flooring so you can make an informed decision.
Cost and Longevity
Hardwood and laminate flooring can be pretty similar in cost, depending on the type of material used. However, unless you get low-quality wood flooring, you should expect to spend more on installing hardwood flooring than you would installing laminate flooring. On average, homeowners spent between $2583 and $6475 to install hardwood floors in their homes in 2017, and the average cost to install laminate flooring in 2017 is between $1043 and $4028. Additionally, laminate flooring can often be installed over the current flooring in your home, which saves you a lot of time, hassle, and money. When considering costs, you should also keep in mind that real hardwood flooring often increases your home's overall value.
Both hardwood and laminate flooring also lasts a long time, but you should expect hardwood flooring to last a bit longer. Engineered hardwood flooring typically lasts between 20 and 50 years, but real hardwood floors can last upwards of 100 years if cared for properly. The average lifespan for laminate flooring is between 15 and 25 years. Additionally, hardwood flooring can be refinished when the surface dulls, but once laminate flooring gets worn down from normal wear and tear, you have to replace the entire floor.
Damage and Repairs
Many people opt for laminate flooring over hardwood, because hardwood flooring does scratch easily. However, what most people don't realize is that it's harder to repair laminate flooring. If you accidentally scratch or scuff your hardwood flooring, you can repair it by sanding down and refinishing the damaged area.
Laminate flooring can also get scratches and scuff marks, and you have to completely replace the damaged area to fix the problem. If you have laminate flooring laid in sections, it is easier to repair — you can simply replace one section instead of the entire floor. However, to do this, you'd have to store extra laminate flooring in the same pattern. Also, if your laminate flooring is worn down or has areas that have faded in the sunlight, replacing a portion of it with a new section of the laminate will be noticeable. If your laminate flooring was laid in a sheet, you would have to replace the entire floor to repair damage.
Laminate flooring is really easy to keep clean — you just need to sweep and mop the floor on a regular basis. Additionally, when you have laminate flooring, any accidental spills can be wiped up using a damp rag.
Hardwood flooring is a bit harder to maintain, but the process isn't even remotely difficult. To keep a hardwood floor clean on a day-to-day basis, all you need to do is sweep and dry mop your floor. However, when you mop the floor with a wet mop or you need to clean up a spill, it's important to use cleaner that's specifically designed for use on hardwood floors so you don't damage the floor's finish.
Both laminate and hardwood flooring are great options, which is why it can be difficult to choose between the materials. If you're looking for a cost-effective option that's easy to maintain, laminate flooring is probably your best bet. However, if you want the look and feel of real hardwood floors and you prefer spending a bit of extra money on quality materials that will last longer, hardwood flooring is the right choice for you.Share