Wood vs. Laminated – How and Why to Choose the Right Flooring

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Almost all the people who are thinking about investing in new flooring have to decide whether they will have wood or laminated floors.

The truth is that the question may be somewhat confusing and this is why you should consider the most aspects possible.

Wood vs. Laminated

What is it made of?

The laminated flooring is made of several layers of synthetic product which are fused together through lamination. On the other hand, the wood flooring is made of 100% wood . In the same time it is also possible that it is a combination of plywood, real wood and hardwood veneer.

Characteristics

We have to admit that the two products look very much alike to the naked eye. This is why when making a decision you should take a look at the characteristics that are pretty different. Usually the laminated flooring is less expensive and the installation type is also different.

Repair and maintenance

Wood flooring can be repaired while laminated flooring can’t be. Both of them are scratch resistant, but laminated flooring is sturdier. The life expectancy of the wooden floors is longer than in case of laminated flooring. In the same time, it is easier to clean laminated flooring than wood flooring.

Appearance vs. endurance

Although it is important for laminated flooring to feel and look like wood flooring, the truth is that it can’t be as good as the real deal. However, both kinds can be installed DIY style, but as it has been mentioned before, you can repair only wood flooring.

Some kinds of hardwood flooring can be refinished while this isn’t an option in case of the laminated floorings. In both cases, you could get a warranty, but this greatly depends on the seller. This is why the best thing you can do is to ask about this before you buy the product.

It may be one of the most important characteristics that some of the laminated flooring can look and feel just like real wood. However real wood always feels and looks better. In both cases the colors and textures vary and so you can be sure that you will find a style that will be suitable for the overall style of your home.

As you can see there are some similarities and some differences between the two products based on the characteristics. Now it is up to you to make your mind up and to start renovating to make your home prettier.

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