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Laminate vs. Hardwood Flooring

The battle is on: Laminate vs. Hardwood. When it comes to choosing your home’s flooring , there are a lot of factors to take into consideration. Style, maintenance, longevity and price are just a few that make the list.

If style is your main priority, then both options are great choices! Laminate flooring is made to look like real wood so no matter which product you choose, your floors will have that same grainy wood look. Keep in mind that laminate can never look exactly like the real thing because it doesn’t have the same textures as real hardwood floors do.

When it comes to maintenance, laminate flooring has hardwood beat, but just by a sliver (Pun intended). Laminate floors can easily be wiped down, whereas you have to be more careful with hardwood floors as they can warp and rot if they are exposed to too much moisture.

Laminate may have hardwood beat in the maintenance category, but hardwood takes home longevity. Both products typically last the same number of years, however, hardwood floors can be sanded down and refinished whereas laminate floors cannot, making hardwood floors longer lasting in the end.

Laminate floors are made to look like hardwood floors , but at a lower cost. Because hardwood is the real deal, it only makes sense that it costs more, but does it make sense for you to pay more for a similar look? That is what you will have to decide. Both options come with a number of pros, as well as a few cons.

Do your research before deciding on a material, because flooring is a pretty permanent decision. You won’t want to second guess yourself once you have something installed! No matter what, if you choose laminate or hardwood, you are sure to be happy with the look and feel of your choice and will know that you are getting the best product possible.