Hardwood Vs. Laminate: Pros and Cons

Hardwood Vs. Laminate: Pros and Cons


laminate flooringThere are two types of people when it comes to flooring: those who like laminate and those who don’t. When someone doesn’t like laminate flooring, they typically favor hardwood floors instead. So, which is better? Let’s put this debate to rest once and for all.

Laminate floors are made from pressboard wood that has been coated in clear plastic. Under that clear plastic is typically a photograph of the wood it is supposed to look like, although any image can be used as an alternative.

  • Pro: Laminate flooring is significantly less expensive than pretty much every high quality flooring option, including many vinyl patterns.
  • Con: Some people believe it looks its price. This is not a universal opinion, but it is a strongly held one.
  • Pro: It is incredibly durable and scratch resistant. Laminate is also quite easy to clean, making it perfect for families with small children or pets. It can last between 15 and 25 years.
  • Con: If water gets in between the cracks in the seams of laminate flooring, it can swell up and suffer severe water damage.

Hardwood flooring is made from long and whole planks of wood. They are sanded, stained, and installed by professionals.

  • Pro: Aesthetics and authenticity. Hardwood really does look noticeably better than laminate.
  • Con: Price. Hardwood is much more expensive than laminate. It could be too much for some people to afford.
  • Pro: Resale value. Picture two homes that are exactly the same in every measurable way except one has hardwood and the other has laminate floors. If these houses were both put on the market, the hardwood house would bring in more money every time.
  • Con: Hardwood, believe it or not, is hard to install. You will need a professional to do the installation, which involves nailing down sometimes imperfect boards.

Whichever side you fall on in this never-ending debate, just be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of both types of floor. With hardwood, take care not to scratch it. With laminate, try not to get it wet. If you want to know more about these two types of floor feel free to contact us at any time.