If you’re a homeowner and have considered installing hardwood floors, you’ve probably also heard about laminate flooring. Laminate flooring is not real hardwood; it only has the appearance of it. It is made out of melamine resin and fiberboard material. The imprint on top is what makes it look like wood. Laminate flooring has its advantages, such as its low price, but there are always disadvantages. Here are some factors to consider.
The price is definitely the main advantage of laminate flooring. It is also durable, due to the high heat and pressure that is used to make laminate flooring. It is also slightly less demanding when it comes to maintenance.
Although laminate flooring is proficient at imitating the appearance of real wood, it is pretty easy to tell the difference between laminate and real hardwood. If you want the real hardwood look and feel in your home, laminate is not the way to go. Also, if laminate floors get damaged, they are close to impossible to repair, compared to hardwood. Since hardwood can be sanded and refinished, its dents and scratches can be fixed, unlike laminate. The only way to really repair laminate flooring is by replacing it.
Laminate also doesn’t have the insulation properties that hardwood does. For instance, if laminate is placed over a concrete subfloor (like in a basement), it will retain the cold from the concrete below. Versus a hardwood floor which would retain more warmth in a room. In terms of lifespan, laminate flooring has a shorter one than hardwood, as well. Since you cannot refinish a laminate floor, it will need to be replaced eventually. Hardwood floors can be refinished many times over their lifespan, which can surpass 50 years.
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