How Do Hardwood, Laminate Floors Differ?

Thursday, 21 Oct 2010 03:05 PM

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Are you interested in restoring the flooring in your home? Do you want to compare laminate flooring and hardwood floor features? If so, read on.

When we talk about interior decoration, floors and laminate play an important role. Hardwood floor installation is a common occurrence, especially in older homes. However, materials for home renovation have undergone a sea of change since then. One major alternative to hardwood floors is laminate tile flooring. So, what’s the difference between hardwood floors and laminate? Here’s the lowdown:
  • Appearance: When it comes to appearance, laminate tile flooring may fool you at first glance. Laminates are nothing but synthetics, which display a hardwood-like appearance. Well-made laminates, especially oak laminate flooring, might fool your guests completely.
  • Price or Cost: Laminate flooring is cheaper than a hardwood floor. If you compare their prices, you will probably find a huge difference between the two. Laminate prices range from $7 to $11 per square foot. This makes oak laminate flooring or laminate tile flooring pretty affordable. On the other hand, hardwood floor prices begin at $11 per square foot, and continue increasing, depending on the rarity of timber, finishing, and style.
  • Installation: Laminate flooring is easy to install compared to hardwood floor installation. The laminate installation requires an interlocking system. This system enables you to install laminates virtually on any surface; however, it is next to impossible to install real wood over some surfaces. You need to hire a qualified contractor for installation of real wood. Otherwise, the quality of hardwood floor finishing will not be up to snuff.
  • Durability: If you are ready to spend a huge amount of money on hardwood floor installation because it is the real thing, be prepared to spend much more on its maintenance. Unless you attend to it regularly, hardwood floor finishing does not last. Wood flooring needs aluminum oxide treatment for long-lasting durability because it is prone to stains, fading, and scratches. On the other hand, laminate floors are resistant to both stains and scratches. Both types lose their durability if kept in excessive moisture. Therefore, avoid installing them in the kitchen or bathroom.
When considering laminate flooring and hardwood floors, remember that the former is tough, durable, easy to maintain, inexpensive, and easy to install. On the other hand, hardwood floors are the real thing. So, if you have the resources to maintain a lovely wooden floor, go ahead and install it in your living room rightaway!

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