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The Pros and Cons of Hardwood vs. Laminate Floors

Considering a new floor from Creative Flooring Solutions, or thinking about a DIY flooring project? You may be wondering what type of floor you should choose.

In this article, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of two of the most common types of flooring – hardwood and laminate. Let’s get started now.

The Pros & Cons Of Hardwood Floors

Hardwood Flooring vs Laminate Wood Flooring

Solid hardwood is one of the more expensive types of flooring available. You’ll usually spend around $7-$12 per square foot, which doesn’t include installation.

However, you get quite a bit for your money. Hardwood is highly-desirable for home buyers, and can increase the value of your home. It also can easily last decades, and be restored and refinished to keep it looking brand-new. Here are some of the pros and cons of hardwood flooring.

Hardwood Flooring Pros:

  • Long, 30+ year lifespan
  • Can increase property value
  • Durable and resists wear and tear
  • Does not require much maintenance beyond sweeping and mopping
  • Easy to refinish and restore

Hardwood Flooring Cons:

  • Expensive when compared to laminate flooring
  • Can shrink with age, creating gaps and cracks
  • Not impervious to water, can be susceptible to moisture damage

The Pros & Cons of Laminate Floors

Laminate flooring looks a lot like hardwood, but costs much less. You’ll pay between $1-$5 per sq. ft. before installation, depending on the grade of product you choose.

Laminate flooring is made up of pressed wood fibers, overlaid with a laminate veneer. This veneer usually is made to imitate the appearance of wood, but you can also choose laminate that mimics tile or natural stone flooring.

Laminate Flooring Pros:

  • Available in an enormous variety of styles and colors
  • Resists scratches and dents
  • Much cheaper than hardwood
  • High-quality products look very natural
  • “Floating floor” products are easy to install on your own

Laminate Flooring Cons:

  • Easily warped by heat and moisture
  • Cannot be refinished, unlike hardwood
  • Repairs usually require removal of large flooring sections
  • Lower-grade products are not natural in appearance
  • Does not add much resale value

Which Flooring Is Best For Me?

If you’re on a low budget, but still want a wood-like finish for your floors, a high-quality laminate floor is a wonderful choice. But if you can spend the extra money for a slightly more expensive product, hardwood will last longer, and could make your home more valuable and attractive to future buyers.

In the end, the choice is yours. Whichever product you choose, Creative Flooring Solutions has a large stock and experience to install laminate wood flooring and real hardwood flooring that will be perfect for your needs.  Call us today at (919) 422-0254 to schedule a Free Quote on your project… we’re happy to help!