Hardwood and laminate pros and cons, Boca Raton
New flooring can have a big impact on the look and feel of a home. Tearing out the old carpet or vinyl and replacing it with wood is a great way to not only improve the style of a home, but also give it a boost in resale value. A win-win! Selecting those floors can be a big challenge, however. Laminate and hardwood are both great options to get the look you want at the price you can afford.

Pricing

Solid hardwood flooring is beautiful and timeless. But it can also come with a hefty price tag. If you’re considering selling your home, hardwood flooring may give you the biggest return on your investment, making it well worth the price. If solid hardwoods are cost-prohibitive, however, quality laminate flooring can be the next best thing.

Laminate is more affordable both in terms of materials and installation. Made from composite wood with an image of hardwood printed on top, a high quality laminate can look very much like real hardwoods. Laminate is also easier to install then solid hardwood. The boards can simply snap together and be placed over any subfloor, including concrete. Hardwoods are most commonly nailed down and require a plywood subfloor for the best installation.

Durability

Because it’s such a dense material, laminate flooring is highly durable. It resists scratches, dings, and moisture better then real hardwoods. It’s a great option for active households or families with pets. Like real hardwood, laminate is not recommended for use in bathrooms, laundry rooms, or any other area of the home where there is a lot of moisture or humidity. Laminate is very easy to clean and it can stand the test of time when cared for properly.

It’s important to note, however, that repairing laminate flooring is very difficult. It cannot be sanded and refinished like solid hardwood planks, and it can be difficult to match laminate boards if you are looking to replace a section of floor due to fading and general wear and tear.

Versatility

There are many species of hardwood to choose from and, with the wide range of staining and finishing options, real hardwoods can fit the style of any home. With laminate flooring, however, the style options are seemingly endless. Not only can you find laminate flooring to mimic any wood, you can also install laminate that resembles natural stone or ceramic tile. There is no limit to color options, and laminate flooring finishes can match any décor, from a rustic distressed hardwood style to a high gloss finish perfect for any traditional home.

With the options in flooring available to homeowners in the Boca Raton area, it’s easy to find the perfect floor covering. Laminate and solid hardwoods are both great options that allow you to find flooring you love regardless of budget or maintenance requirements.

Photo by Zastolskiy Victor