Real Wood vs. Laminate Flooring – What You Need to Know

Date posted: July 14, 2015

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What’s better? Real wood or laminate flooring? Unfortunately, there isn’t one answer. What’s better for you will be different than what’s better for someone else. It all comes down to your lifestyle and your flooring needs. To make your decision, here’s what you need to know:

Cost

If you’re looking to save money upfront, choose laminate flooring. It can be as much as 50% cheaper than real wood floors. However, it also means that the laminate flooring will need to be replaced more often than real wood floors. You’ll need to calculate the short-term and the long-term costs and compare them with your budget before making a decision.

Durability

Real wood floors are generally more durable than laminate floors. Within a few short years, laminate floors can show major wear and tear. But real wood floors can last a lifetime if taken care of properly. Keep in mind that both hardwood and laminate will get nicks and scratches on the surface.

Upkeep

Real wood floors can be polished and buffed to look as good as new. Laminate flooring, on the other hand, cannot be refinished. As far as upkeep, real wood floors are more susceptible to water damage than laminate.

Home Value

If you plan on selling your home anytime soon, real hardwood floors can increase your home’s value, bringing in a bigger profit. But that doesn’t mean high quality laminate flooring can’t also increase a home’s value, but if making a profit is your end goal, opt for real hardwood floors.

Have you had laminate or hardwood floors in your home? Which did you prefer and why?

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