Many Princeton homeowners already know that laminate flooring is an affordable alternative to hardwood. However, if you’re choosing between hardwood and laminate floors for your home, you’ll want to consider factors like construction and durability as well. Here are some tips from the Floor Coverings International Hillsborough experts to help you compare:
Traditional hardwood planks are cut from a solid piece of wood, and even engineered hardwood flooring incorporates layers of actual wood. Laminate, on the other hand, primarily consists of high-density fiberboard. This fiberboard core is covered with a high-resolution image and a clear protective layer.
Modern innovations have produced laminate floors that look incredibly similar to real hardwood. Hardwood flooring is available in a wide range of species, stains, and finishes, but laminate can mimic nearly any of these styles. The primary difference in appearance is that real wood has more natural variation in the color and grain, whereas laminate has a more repetitive pattern.
Laminate flooring is quite durable, but it doesn’t have the staying power of real hardwood floors. Some hardwood floors can last for a hundred years or more, and can be refinished to refresh their look. However, certain species of hardwood are more susceptible to dents and scratches than other species. Laminate flooring is more consistent in its durability.
Hardwood floors can range dramatically in price based on the species, stain, and finishes. Generally, common domestic hardwoods like oak and maple are some of the more affordable choices. However, if you are on a tight budget, laminate will typically be the best option.
We hope this information has helped you decide if hardwood or laminate floors are better suited to your Princeton home. If you have questions or want to schedule a free consultation, call Floor Coverings International Hillsborough today!
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