Homeowners have choices on what type of flooring they want in their homes. Two of the many choices are cork and laminate. These have both great characteristics that will make a good choice for your homes.
They have several features in common but both have unique differences that you will want to consider.
Let us compare to help you decide which one is the right flooring for your home.
|Cork flooring comes from bark harvested from cork oak trees. It is a “green” alternative, hypoallergenic and anti-microbial.||Laminate flooring is a multi-layered synthetic flooring. It is a cheaper alternative to hardwood floors|
|Cork is sold in planks and tiles.||Laminate comes in planks, but it is available in tiles as well.|
|Cork is soft and flexible. Although it can suffer from scratch or dent, due to its resilience, the dents most of the time disappear.||Laminate is hard and can easily show scratches and dents|
|You can install cork in a few different ways depending on the style. You can snap it together and lay it on a pad.||Laminate is always installed on a floating floor. It requires an underlayment of foam padding.|
|Depending on the thickness of the cork, you can sand past the sealant to reseal the small imperfections.||You cannot sand or refinish laminate. Once suffered from dent, you can only replace laminate not repaired.|
|Cork usually comes with a 25-year warranty.||Laminate has a lifespan of 30 years or more|
Know that both cork and laminate are easy to install. You can install it on concrete, tile, vinyl or any existing hard floor surfaces.
There you have it! Those are most of the differences between the cork and laminate flooring. May this be the guide for you to be able to choose the right flooring for your home.