Laminate Flooring vs Hardwood Flooring
Both laminate and hardwood flooring are popular options and each has its own pros and cons. If you need help deciding the right kind of flooring for you home in Broward, Coral Springs, Parkland, Plantation, Sunrise or Weston then Sawgrass Floors can help.
So what is laminate flooring actually? Laminate flooring is made from composite wood that is compressed at high temperatures. A photographic image of hardwood is then applied over the surface of the compressed composite wood. This is why laminate looks like hardwood. However it is not the real thing and as such is a lot cheaper than real hardwood. Laminate flooring has become a popular choice because it is cheaper but still mimics hardwood. In addition improved manufacturing processes results in laminate flooring that is durable and resistant.
Hardwood floors on the other hand are manufactured from real wood that is cut from harvested and exotic trees. The price will vary depending on the type of tree but in general hardwood is a lot more expensive than laminate. It is also more costly to install hardwood flooring than to install laminate flooring. So when it comes to price, laminate flooring has the advantage.
Since hardwood flooring is the real thing it is aesthetically more pleasing to the eye. Even the best laminate flooring cannot match the natural beauty of real hardwood flooring. Even though hardwood can be susceptible to scratching, it can be sanded and refinished. This way hardwood can last for countless years. Laminate on the other hand is difficult to repair. Even if you can by a replacement piece it might not match the rest of the floor.
There are other factors to consider as well and that is why it is a good idea to obtain the advice of flooring experts and professionals such as Sawgrass Floors.