How do you decide between laminate and hardwood floors?
Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you make your decision.
Do you have a strong preference for real wood? Many people have grown up with hardwood floors, and find themselves not totally satisfied with laminates. Although laminates are a remarkable match for wood floors, they don’t have the variety and subtle imperfections that make up a wood floor. However, don’t dismiss laminates immediately. Take the time to visit a space with a good quality laminate floor installed. You may find that the warmth and ambience of this option surprises you.
How much time are you willing to spend on maintaining your floor? Laminates require little except a damp mop to keep clean. Wood, on the other hand, requires more attention – such as immediate clean up of spills and a new coat of wax or polyurethane every few years at least. (for sand and finish applications)
What is your budget for flooring? Wood does last longer, but is quite a bit more expensive to install. Laminate can be installed fairly easily by someone who is handy, but wood really requires a professional.
What are your weather conditions? Dramatic weather changes require an engineered wood floor or laminate. A traditional wood floor has difficulty coping with changes in humidity and temperature without buckling or separating.
How hard is your family on a floor? Laminates cope well with spills from children and pets. Wood can develop dents and scratches and can fade over time. Many people like this lived-in look for wood, but if you want perfection in your floor, a good-quality laminate will continue to look like new in spite of the depredations of children and pets.
After thinking about these issues, take the time to drop by pur showroom. We have a knowledgeable team ready to answer your questions and show you the various options available!