Guidelines to Help you Choose Between Laminate and Hardwood Floors.
Choosing the right flooring for your home is a personal choice. whether you are having a new construction or renovating your floors, there are many options that you can choose from, however, your role is to choose the best floor. Although there are many types of floors, let me help you to understand the hardwood and laminate floor types so that you can make an informed decision.
Read more to understand the various advantages that either laminate or hardwood floors have to offer. Laminates are not natural, therefore when you are choosing you must decide on whether you want the real thing or an imitation of something that looks like the real wood floor because the laminate floor has hardwood effects but it is not real wood.
Laminates are available in two types It is easy to recognize the cheaper type of laminate and easily tell that it is not actual wood. The second option is expensive laminate, this one it is difficult to tell the difference between it and the real wood. Although there are people who choose to use laminates, most people choose to use the expensive laminate and because of great quality and also offers many advantages. Laminate floor has an upper layer of particleboard that placed above the stabilizing layer, which is the piece that looks like the hardwood, then underneath we have the base layer which stabilizes the floor and provides protection against moisture.
Hardwood floors on the other hand have a natural texture that is quite appealing to many homeowners. Hardwood floors are very durable although you should protect your hardwood floors from dents and scratches and especially if you install a softer floor. You can choose between the various options of wood, finishes, and stains.
Bearing in mind that laminate floors are synthetic, it is an imitation of the hardwood, and not genuine, hence if you look closely you can be able to tell the difference, however, it is not easy for the laminate floor to get scratched or discolor, making it the ideal choice for most homeowners who keep pets or have young children.
We need to consider the aspect of water resistance.
For installing the laminate floors the contractor will use the floating installation method which locks the planks together in a tongue and groove method Making the laminate floor installation process an easy one. Installing the hardwood floors is much harder and in most cases, you must find an installation company to do the work, and compared to laminate floors the installation process for the latter is much easier. Consider the wear and tear based on the traffic when choosing the right floor.