Working with natural materials like wood and laminate flooring can be a confusing task. We often wonder what the difference is. For starters, let’s take a look at which wood and laminate flooring is better for your home and why.
Laminate flooring is made from layers of paper, wood fiber, and resins. It is used in many residential and commercial applications.
The main benefit of laminate flooring is that it can be installed over existing floors and offer a very contemporary or more traditional look that is very popular in the United States.
Laminate flooring is a very affordable flooring choice. The amount of work that goes into installing laminate flooring, compared to installing wood, is almost negligible.
However, there are a few drawbacks to laminate floors. They can be very easily damaged by water (although some laminate floors are marketed to withstand some water), and they do not provide the same “warmth” quality as wood does. They are also much harder to repair if a problem arises.
Wood flooring is becoming a trendy choice amongst homeowners
The main benefit of wooden flooring is that it is a realistic imitation of what we would find outdoors. Many homes in the U.S. have wooden floors, so many people want to duplicate this look in their homes.
Unlike laminate flooring, wooden floors are very easily repaired and refinished. They also do not scratch easily, as laminate can. Wooden floors will not warp or break down when exposed to high humidity as many laminates will.
A downside to wooden flooring is that it is much harder to install yourself and requires more work, and if a problem arises, you will have to find someone who can repair your wood floor.
Both types of floors will need a professional install
Another thing to note is that both of these can be professionally installed in your home. However, it is recommended that you hire a professional to install either laminate or wood flooring in your home. Not only is it more difficult to install yourself, but it may be dangerous. If you do not know how to install either wood or laminate flooring, you should hire a professional.
Many professional flooring companies can install either in your home. While you may save money by installing laminate yourself, paying for a professional and having a cleaner and nicer job is better.
Wood flooring and laminate flooring are very different, but they have a lot of similarities. It is important to weigh the positives and negatives of each choice when deciding what type of floor you want in your home.
If you are unsure, ask the professional that you hire to install your flooring, and check this site out. They know which type of floor is best for your home.
Remember, the difference between wood and laminate flooring is quite extensive, and while you may save some money by installing your own, a professional will have a much better job. The finished floor will be much better, and it can save you time and hassle.