Hardwood vs Laminate FlooringMarch 24, 2016
When designing your home there are many details you will want to focus on. One of the most important decorative details you will want to focus on is the floor. Many people do not always look down at their feet right away when looking at a home but as they move in, live with, and get to know the floor they will become more opinionated on the subject. Before moving into a new home, consider what sort of floor exists already and what material, look, or color you would like it to be. If you are moving into a home already built you will be able to work with what you have. If you are building a new home the sky (or ground, that is) is the limit.
Having hardwood in your home can either be a wonderful idea or an idea wrought with disaster. They are sturdy against everyday wear and tear but can shift and warp over time due to weather and moisture within the home. If you are thinking about installing hardwood floors in your home, discuss the possibility with your neighbors. They may have had experiences you may not expect with the material. On the other hand, if you have children or pets, hardwood can be great to fight against the constant barrage of running, tapping, and skidding. Just be sure to get a very, very good finish.
Hardwood in comparison to laminate can also be a green solution. Finishing and cleaning the hardwood naturally will reduce your carbon footprint and will help you keep harmful toxins out of your home. If you decide to purchase natural wood and finish it naturally, you will have to clean and refinish your floors more often.
Laminate is a little easier to maintain and keep clean but will not withstand the abuse it may get from large families or a home with pets. This flooring can actually rip and become discolored over time. It does, however, remain flat even in harsher weather and can stay clean even after it has been discolored or damaged. If you live in a quiet home with children who are older, laminate may be a good idea. If you also live in a climate that has more humid weather laminate will also help you avoid warping of your floor and could help keep mold out of the home. Living by the beach will almost guarantee a constant film of sand and sea salt.