Hardwood vs. Laminate Flooring

Hardwood flooring has always been a popular choice among homeowners. The beautiful and elegant look of hardwood flooring has been the stylish choice for years, never going out of style and improving a home’s value. However, hardwood flooring can be on the pricier side of things, making it hard to justify spending that much money on flooring.

However, there are other options: laminate flooring is a great backup option when hardwood flooring is out of your budget. There are many different varieties of colors, styles, and patterns that you can choose from when you decide on laminate flooring. Finding the perfect hardwood flooring look is possible without the price.

While there are different options, there are also benefits to choosing hardwood over laminate and laminate over hardwood. At Paul Evans Carpet & Flooring, we carry different varieties of both hardwood and laminate flooring, in-stock and easy to view. Come in today to learn more about our flooring and take a look at the styles we have!

While our in-stock flooring makes it easier to choose the perfect style for your home, there are pros and cons you should consider before making this decision. In this blog, we will be covering some pros and cons for hardwood and laminate flooring. Read on to learn more!

Price

As mentioned before, hardwood flooring is pricier than laminate. But that also depends on the type of laminate or hardwood you decide on. If you are looking at hardwood flooring from Paul Evans Carpet & Flooring, you can choose between engineered wood, premium wood, and click-lock hardwood flooring. For laminate, we offer floating vinyl, wood laminate, and waterproof laminate, all of which have a few varieties that take on the look of hardwood flooring. Some of our hardwood flooring options are only slightly more expensive than our laminate options, the look you want may be the pricier options.

The installation cost of hardwood flooring are also often higher than those of laminate, which can be installed in a simple DIY project, but our professionals can also install you laminate flooring quickly and beautifully!

Pets

Many pet owners think about their pets while choosing flooring. It is the reason many of them get rid of carpet, choose darker colored carpets, or select scratch resistant flooring. So when it comes to laminate or hardwood flooring, which will hold up to your excited pups?

Laminate flooring is going to be the better option when it comes to your furry friends. Laminate is more scratch resistant. You playful pup can run around with minimal scratches. And if they have a tendency to spill water, or carry it in their mouth after drinking from their bowl and allow it to spill all over the floor, laminate is a great option as well, it is more moisture resistant than hardwood.

Hardwood flooring is more easily scratched and not as moisture resistant as laminate. However, rugs and mats can easily be used to help your flooring last longer and avoid being scratched. You can also keep your dog’s nails trimmed to help keep the floor scratching to a minimum.

Durability

Besides being scratched by pets, you want to think about how durable your flooring will be with regular traffic and daily accidents. Foot traffic will begin to do work on your flooring, whichever type you choose, but some show worse than others and more quickly.

Hardwood flooring is quite durable and can last year after year with hardly any noticeable damage. Hardwood can also take a lot of impact. While it is easily scratched, if something heavy is dropped on it, it will be able to handle the impact without gouging. Hardwood floor is among one of the most durable flooring types, which may make it worth the investment.

Laminate flooring is not as durable and will need to be replaced eventually. The wear and tear on laminate flooring with be more noticeable but will not scratch like hardwood. But it is also not able to handle impacts as well. A heavy object dropped on laminate may cause it to gouge. However, laminate is more moisture resistant and will hold up to daily scratches and spills.

Refinishing and Repair

Your flooring will require repair and refinishing from time to time, and while it is easy to cover areas of wear and tear with a rug, you will eventually have to take care of the problem.

This is where hardwood flooring really stands out. Many types of hardwood can be sanded down and refinished multiple times, allowing it to last for years. Once your hardwood flooring begins to look dingy and worn, you can easily fix it up for a fresh new look that transforms your room and adds a touch of elegance. This is one of the best aspects of hardwood flooring. You can keep hardwood for your entire life and how it refinished to keep it looking as new as the day you got it. You can also touch up scratches to help give it mini makeover if you don’t want to refinish the entire flooring.

Laminate on the other hand cannot be refinished and repairs are not easy. Depending on the laminate flooring, repairs may be easier, but basically once the floor is really damaged, a replacement may be the best option. If you have a family who tend to damage just about everything, laminate flooring may not be the best option. Plus, scratches that occur on laminate flooring cannot be touched up.

Hardwood Breakdown

Hardwood is a flooring that may be worth the investment. This flooring option can be sanded and refinished for a new look rather than being replaced every decade or so. Hardwood also adds a ton of value to your home and can last for years and years. While hardwood should not be in areas with a lot of moisture, this is an excellent flooring choose for many rooms of the home.

Laminate Breakdown

This is also a great flooring option. Even though it will need to be replaced after awhile, it can hold up to daily wear and tear and will cost you less initially. Recently, laminate flooring has become more aesthetically pleasing and takes on the look of hardwood.

Both flooring options are great and offer different benefits and drawbacks. If you still need help deciding between hardwood flooring and laminate, let our expert staff help! At Paul Evans Carpet & Flooring, we offer many different flooring options and can help you decide which is the best flooring choice for your wants, needs, and the room of your home. Contact us today to learn more and get a free estimate today! We can help make the flooring decision easier!

September 14th, 2017|Categories: Wood Flooring Odessa|