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Pros and Cons of Wood Laminate Flooring

by CustomHomes on Thursday, July 28, 2016

Hardwood LaminateLaminate flooring is a synthetic flooring product fused with a lamination process. Wood laminate is made to appear like hardwood floors without all the hassle and maintenance. There are positives and negatives to hardwood laminate. Depending on the climate, construction, and traffic in your home hardwood laminate may be the right choice for you. In this blog we will weigh the pros and cons so you can make an educated decision about hardwood laminate and whether or not it is the right flooring for your home.

Good News

Unlike hardwood flooring hardwood laminate does not require regular maintenance or refinishing. Once it is installed onto your floor it will only need regular cleaning to keep it looking fresh and new. The cleaning will also be different with laminate as opposed to hardwood flooring. You can simply mop, sweep, and wipe down laminate while with hard wood you will have to sweep, mop, and shine the hardwood to maintain its finish.

Hardwood laminate is also less expensive than hardwood flooring. This is because the laminate is less expensive to make and the flooring is easier to install. The synthetic materials that are fused together to create laminate are not as expensive as the raw wood that is cut, cut to fit flooring, and then finished. The laminate is also less expensive because there is less long-term maintenance. To keep your wood scuff-free and beautiful you need to refinished and buff your floor periodically. Every few years you will need to refinish otherwise your hardwood will become dull, chipped, and discolored.

Bad News

While hardwood laminate can be beautiful it is not as long lasting as hardwood that is maintained properly. If you live in a humid or temperate climate laminate can warp during the summer months. If this is the case the only way to guarantee that your floor will be repaired is by replacing the laminate. This can be a huge headache and can cost you much more over time. Laminate can also hold moisture between the laminate and the floor. This can also cause them to warp. If you want to install laminate do so properly with plenty of time and attention or hire a professional to install the flooring.

While hardwood can be a beautiful addition to your home it can be better to use hardwood laminate if you are on a budget or will not have time or finances to care for hardwood over time. Be sure to consider all options when choosing your flooring and talk to professionals so you will be able to make an educated decision.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com