Solid Hardwood vs Laminate Flooring

It is true that hardwood flooring is the most popular style choice amongst southern states, but laminate is coming in at a close second! Laminate floors can be a cheaper way to add some ‘spice’ into your home. However, the question; “Is cheaper better?” comes into mind during this debate. As both of these floors offer a great look to ANY home, which one seems to be more effective? 


Hardwood flooring is often regarded as the real deal with laminate occupying the next rung down as an inexpensive way to simulate the look of real hardwood flooring. In an article written by The Spruce, they state that solid wood flooring is often preferred due to its durability. Solid wood flooring is made from solid hardwood boards that are usually ¾-inch thick. After installation, the floor is usually stained and varnished to bring out that gorgeous color from the wood. In appearance, wood flooring is extremely attractive. Even the cheaper alternatives (red or white oak) are usually more attractive than laminate. Solid hardwood can last a lifetime, sometimes even longer! If you find that there are scuff marks or rough spots on your hardwoods, you can always sand them down and refinish. Most floors will wear down after three-four sandings, so be careful when using this option. While solid flooring seems like the best choice at this point in time, we shouldn’t write off laminate flooring quite yet. 


While laminate flooring can be nearly as durable, it is far from a perfect score. Laminate is made starting with a core layer of fiberboard made of wood byproducts. This material is then printed to resemble hardwood flooring. These floors are not as thick as solid wood floors, ¼ - ½ -inch thick. Installation on these floors are extremely easy as they do not require nailing or glue. They are made with click-lock edges that snap in place - easy peasy!  Most choose this option due to its cost and maintenance. Laminate floors are highly water and stain resistant. So, they are a great choice when having kids and pets! Spills will not deteriorate these hardy floors!  Laminate floors do not require as much maintenance like its more expensive relative. 


Both of these floors offer a classic and elegant touch to any home, but, depending on your situation, one may seem more appealing. If you have small kids or pets, laminate floors may be the best option for you based on its durability. However, solid wood flooring makes your home look more attractive. No matter what you decide, I bet your home will look spectacular!

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