Hardwood vs Laminate Flooring
One of the most sought after amenities in a home is hardwood flooring. You can often find the original hardwood gems hidden beneath carpet in traditional older homes. But if you aren't so lucky, laminate flooring is a great alternative if you're on a budget. On average, laminate flooring costs 50 percent less than real wood floors with installation. Let's explore some more of the pros and cons.
As for durability -
Hardwoods: PROS For starters, it's timeless and creates an unrivaled warmth and sense of class. It can also be refinished or re-stained a new color. CONS Professionals recommend refinishing every 8 years. It can fade in direct sunlight and is susceptible to scratching and dents.
Laminates: PROS New innovations have introduced more realistic choices that not only look like real wood, but are textured. Highly durable and resistant to the wear and tear of children or pets. Laminates have UV protection integrated into the surface. CONS Repairs are difficult and in many cases impossible. While many offer 30 year warranties, you won't be finding 100 year old laminate floors that could be restored to their original beauty.
A home will benefit from the look of wood flooring; whether you choose hardwood or laminate is up to you. It can increase the warmth and appeal of any house.