Hardwood has remained a popular flooring choice over the years for homeowners, known for its high quality and lasting value. It’s been here for centuries and is showing no signs of going out of style. Hardwood is so popular, in fact, that other manufactured materials are being made to mimic the look and feel of hardwood. One of the front-runners in this is laminate flooring, which can be made to look surprisingly close to real wood. There are advantages and disadvantages to each option, and the best flooring choice for your home will come down to the particular needs of your home. Floor Coverings International Birmingham has seen both hardwood and laminate work well for Birmingham homes. Here’s a closer comparison of these two flooring types:
Laminate is made from composite wood pressed together, with an image of hardwood printed on top and sealed with a clear wear layer. It’s more affordable in terms of material and installation compared to hardwood. The composition of laminate makes it resistant to scratches, moisture, and general wear and tear. It’s also very easy to clean. It can be a great alternative to real hardwood. However, when it comes down to it, laminate isn’t real hardwood and you may be able to tell the difference between the materials, especially with low-quality laminate. Up close the wood grain may look artificial and overall not as visually appealing as real wood.
Hardwood floors are truly an investment that will last a lifetime. They may be more susceptible to scratching and water damage compared to laminate, but you are always able to sand and refinish hardwood throughout the years to keep them looking great! Hardwood is the real deal and is a gorgeous addition to any home. While these floors may be initially more expensive, they will last you the lifetime of the home.
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Contact our team at Floor Coverings International Birmingham to schedule a free in-home consultation and see which flooring option is right for your Birmingham home. Both hardwood and laminate wood floors have benefits and drawbacks and choosing the right material will come down to your needs and priorities.
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