Hardwood Floors vs. Laminate Floors

Hardwood vs. Laminate FlooringPerhaps Francisco Flores, owner of Flores Hardwood Floors, could do something about the original carpet and linoleum flooring that came with my 20-something year-old house, both of which have exceeded their shelf life for some time now.  Spills would certainly clean up much easier.

Installing hardwood or laminate flooring by Flores’ company can give new life to a home, and give you a reason to do some spring cleaning in the short run.  In the long run, however, installing brand-new hardwood or laminate flooring would increase the value of your home and help you offset the gains realized during the course of selling your home.  So what are the differences between hardwood and laminate floors?  Let’s go over each one.

Please retweetHardwood flooring characteristics

  • Wood floors are natural and hypoallergenic
  • Two kinds of hardwood floor construction
    • Solid wood floors – Cut from a tree as a solid piece of wood
    • Engineered wood floors – Three to nine plies glued and laminated together
  • Unfinished hardwood floors (job site finished)
    • Sanded floors smooth
    • Installs in several days
  • Pre-finished hardwood floors (factory finished)
    • Less discriminating pre-finished trims (e.g. color may not match the floor)
    • Installs in a day or less
  • Used in: living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, dens, and great rooms.

A complete overview of hardwood flooring can be found here.

Laminate flooring characteristics

  • Laminate floors are not made of wood and are more impact-, scratch-, UV- and stain-resistant
  • Three types of laminate flooring
    • Installer-applied glue
    • Glueless, floating laminate floors – Snap-fit locking planks
    • Factory pre-glued, floating laminate floors – Moisten planks before fitting
  • Laminate flooring uses the floating installation method
    • Laminate floors rest just above the subfloor, which is made of plywood, OSB, existing vinyl flooring, concrete slabs, etc.
    • Gluing, stapling, or nailing down laminate flooring not required.
  • Used in: family rooms, living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms and dens.

A complete overview of laminate flooring can be found here.

So which type of flooring best suits the needs of your home?  A comparison table with both floor types side-by-side can help you decide.

Whether you need Flores Hardwood Floors to install hardwood or laminate flooring in your home, new floors and, perhaps, a new arrangement of your furniture, can help make it feel like you’re in a new home.

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Francis M. Unson

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