Which Flooring is Best for Your Home, Hardwood or Laminate?

One of the things that will capture your guests is your flooring. As they say, first impressions last. However, since there are lots of different types of flooring, let us just focus on two – Hardwood and Laminate. Let us check the differences between these two types of flooring to help you determine which one is best for your home.

Appearance

Hardwood – It is definitely attractive and timeless.  Solid hardwood flooring is 100% wood. It can also be in different stains, finishes, and be coated with wax for an extra shine.

Laminate – Is a multi-layered synthetic flooring. It is designed to imitate the appearance of real wood since on top there is a thin fiberboard with an image of wood or stone, then topped with a transparent wear layer.

Durability

Hardwood – This type of flooring will definitely last a lifetime as long as it is well maintained. It is a real deal. Whenever damaged, they can always be refinished.

Laminate – Its maximum usage is about 10 years. It is more durable to moisture, wear and tear and can even resist scratches since it is made from pressed wood.  It is also easy to clean but once damaged the whole plank need to be uprooted and replaced to restore.

Maintenance

Hardwood – It is easy to clean with a regular routine of light vacuuming and mopping. If ever damaged by scratches, it can be refinished to restore the real beauty. But take note that hardwood floors can’t be mopped with just water because of the higher sensitivity to moisture, instead cleaned with specified products.

Laminate – It is water resistant making it easy to clean by with mop with water. Laminate floors won’t easily fade or change their color from excessive sunlight.

Resistance to Moisture

Hardwood – Generally speaking, the harder the wood, the more water resistant it is. Maintain your hardwood flooring a regular finishing and waxing, this will always protect your floor from damage. But take note that since hardwood flooring is organic, it is susceptible to have molded if exposed to regular moisture.

Laminate – Due to being multi-layered it can resist moisture. This characteristic makes it a good option for the kitchen or bathroom flooring. It is synthetics so you do not have to worry about molds.

Resale Value

Hardwood – Due to its durability, it will give your home a higher appraisal value when it comes to reselling.

Laminate – This type of flooring can have a maximum lifespan of 25 years. However, it won’t add much value to your home if you want to resell.

Now that we have already discussed some key points for hardwood and laminate flooring, you can now determine which material is best for your home.