Choosing new flooring is one of the best ways to update the look and feel of any space. However, many homeowners find shopping for flooring overwhelming. With so many choices available, it can be hard to decide what type of flooring will provide the best service and value for your space. For example, those shoppers who want to use smooth-surface flooring may not be sure whether hardwood or laminate flooring is the right choice. Understanding the differences between these two types of flooring is key to making a wise purchasing decision and enjoying your new flooring for years to come.
Hardwood vs. Laminate: Which is Best for You?
Among the most popular of smooth-surface flooring choices are hardwood and laminate. Both have been used in residential and commercial construction for decades and have an established track record of providing for great durability and service. Choosing between these two options means taking a look at your space, needs and budget.
As you shop, remember that there are also differences between engineered hardwood floors and traditional hardwood floors. Traditional hardwood floors are made from solid planks of wood that may require sanding and other repairs if they warp over time. Engineered floors are made from multiples plies, or sheets, of wood that are pressed together and specially sealed to provide for excellent durability and to eliminate warping.
One of the biggest factors that homeowners will need to consider when choosing between hardwood and laminate flooring are the style options available. Hardwood flooring is available in many widths, species and finishes but always retains its natural, wooden appearance. On the other hand, laminate flooring is available in a myriad of finishes and colors, including faux hardwood. Those shoppers who are looking for patterned or tile-like flooring should opt for laminate.
If you need more help deciding whether hardwood or laminate flooring is best for your home, stop by an S&G Carpet and More showroom or make a free, shop-at-home appointment with one of our flooring consultants today.