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Solid hardwood vs laminate wood flooring: which is right for you?

Published: August 15, 2017

Unless you’re a flooring expert, it can be hard to distinguish the differences between specific types of floors. You know you want a wood floor as opposed to carpet or tile, but do you know if you want laminate wood or solid hardwood? Flooring is a significant investment for most homeowners and a decision you’ll be living with for years to come. Take a few minutes to learn the key differences between these two types of wood flooring and you’ll be able to make a better decision for your home and budget.

hardwood floors open this room while also adding warmth and style

What is laminate wood flooring?

Laminate wood floors have the look of wood but are manufactured with different materials which typically makes them more affordable. Laminate wood flooring has a bonded top layer bonded designed to provide protection and wear resistance. This type of wood flooring is also more flexible with installation requirements and less vulnerable to moisture.

What is solid hardwood flooring?

Solid hardwood flooring are wood planks shaved down from trees. Each type of wood brings its own grain patterns and color options. Popular types of hardwood floors are ash, cherry, maple, oak, and pine. Solid hardwood can be stained different shades to match any home decor. The grain patterns – whether subtle or bold – add a unique look to a hardwood floor.

Why the long-term value is in the hardwood

Solid hardwood floors are an investment that brings true value to your home. Natural hardwood flooring is known for its warmth, beauty and durability. In fact, with proper maintenance, solid hardwood floors can last for the lifetime of your home. Hardwood flooring costs more up front but when you spread that cost over the life of the floor, it becomes one of the most affordable flooring choices available. Other benefits of hardwood floors that are hard to beat:

  • Easy to clean
  • Many options to match your desired look and feel
  • Better for allergy sufferers
  • Timeless beauty that doesn’t go out of style
  • Natural and sustainable
  • Color won’t fade

Learn more about types of hardwood flooring.

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