This is a question that always arises when it comes to choosing flooring. Wood flooring or laminate which is best? Of course, both have their advantages and disadvantages, and one of the most obvious differences is the price.
Laminate flooring is less expensive, easier to install and is low maintenance. Not surprising, laminate is of a lower quality to wood flooring.
The main reason why homeowners choose laminate is simply the price. The installation process for laminate flooring is pretty simple, similar to a jigsaw puzzle. Another advantage is that it does not require a lot of work for upkeep. Wood flooring on the other hand requires constant refreshing to keep the floor looking great. Laminate is more stable and has been specially designed to prevent scratching, and is resistant to heavy loads. Many manufacturers offer 25-year warranty on laminate, which is testament to the quality of the product. Laminate is also resistant to fluids, which means that it is easier to clean, and is great for use in areas of high humidity. Another advantage of laminate is that you can choose from a rich palette of colors and styles.
However, laminate is not the same in quality as real wood flooring. If you are looking for a high quality, luxurious finish to a room, natural wood is ideal and environmentally friendly.
Initially, wood flooring will cost more, but it adds value to your home and it can be considered a good investment. When the laminate deteriorates, it needs to be completely replaced, while the wood flooring can be treated and refreshed by replacing worn panels.
Finally, whether you decide on flooring or laminate, be sure to buy a quality product from a licensed provider!