The answer to this question used to be straightforward. Hardwood floor coverings have always been the choice for those wanting quality with laminate reserved for those who were on a budget. These days the answer isn’t so cut and dry as laminate floors have come a long way over the years and are much better than they once were.
Nevertheless, there is a choice to be made which depends upon several factors including the type of use your home typically sees. If you’re curious as to which one might work better for you, keep reading to learn more.
What is the Difference?
Laminate flooring isn’t actually wood at all, despite its appearance. Its constructed from a manufactured fibreboard base layer which is then covered with a print of your choice before finally being topped with a transparent wearing layer.
What you’re looking at is an image of wood, not actual pieces of wood.
Hardwood on the other hand is a real wood surface which uses carefully selected pieces of timber which are prepared and cut into appropriate sizes.
Not so long ago, laminate flooring looked markedly inferior to hardwood and was installed out of necessity rather than desirability. This is no longer the case with some buyers not able to tell laminates and hardwood surfaces apart.
What Are the Benefits of Laminate Flooring?
Despite a shaky past, laminate flooring is now more popular than ever. We would put this down to its versatility in use with it being perfect for high activity, high traffic areas. It’s also great for small apartments where a real hardwood floor would be overkill.
In addition, the benefits of laminate flooring include:
- A low entry point with decent quality laminate available for as little as £3 per sq. metre.
- A hard wearing, durable and resistant finish which will last for many years.
- Looks great in the bedroom, kitchen, hallway and living room.
- The look of real wood at a much lower price.
As you can see, there are now many reasons why homeowners would choose to install laminate flooring over traditional hardwood. The question is no longer one of just quality.
Laminate wins admirers’ due to the fact that it can be installed by a complete novice to DIY. Each individual piece of laminate will often feature a system that allows it to be clicked into place with minimal tools, great for those who want an attractive flooring solution on a budget.
The installation of hardwood is much more difficult and will need to be installed by a professional, further increasing cost.
Laminate is durable but once heavily damaged, it can’t be repaired. What we love about hardwoods is that they can be sanded down several times to remove imperfections and return them to the state they were in when new. Hardwood floors can last a lifetime.
Both options have their pros and cons as outlined so the choice is yours. If you’re still struggling to make a descision, we would recommend a visit to a floor showroom to see each product first-hand. If you happen to live in West Sussex then you’re in luck as there are several high quality suppliers of laminate flooring in Littlehampton. If that is a little out of your way then you’re sure to find a suitable retailer in your area.
Whichever option you go for is sure to add a touch of class to any home so buy based upon your unique home environment for the best results.