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Hardwood vs. Laminate Floors

Hardwood floors have been used in houses and even in palaces for centuries. Laminate floors, however, are a modern invention that is around 30 years old. (Laminate floors consist of laminated blocks of various designs, including those that have the appearance of hardwood flooring.)

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Benefits of Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors come with their own benefits. They feel more real and they sound like wood (because they are real wood), giving the entire house a royal feel. A hardwood floor has a more natural feel than a laminate floor. Laminate floors have a thick pad underneath, which makes it feel spongy and floating while hardwood floors provide a sturdier, firmer feel. Often the cost of putting up a hardwood floor and a laminate floor is almost the same. It is for this reason that hardwood floors are seeing another surge in popularity.

Benefits of Laminate Floors

On the other hand, the popularity of laminate floors is rising everyday. This is because it looks and feels almost similar to hardwood floor. It is durable and easy to install. Hardwood floors are more difficult to install and expensive to repair if damaged. A laminate floor is much easier to maintain and clean than a hardwood floor. There are no limitations regarding where they can or cannot be laid.

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Also, laminate floors are available in various designs and are very easy to fix on any type of floor. Besides, because of the special laminates and treatment given to them, they do not wear easily. They do not get damaged easily either. And even if they do get damaged, it is easy and cheaper to replace them than it is to replace hardwood floors.

Life of the Product - Hardwood vs. Laminate Floors

When it comes to the life of both types of floors, however, it is hardwood floors that seem to last longer, as compared to laminate flooring. However there are many laminate floors available on the market today that also come with the same lifetime warranty. However, if one has pets in the house that can cause scratches on the floor, hardwood floors are preferable.

Factors to Consider about Laminate Floors

Cheap laminate floors are a great alternative to hardwood. Why? While hardwood is beautiful and durable, laminate offers both qualities for far less. Even installation is much cheaper, as homeowners can usually do it themselves. This makes laminate a wise choice for budget-conscious buyers. Today's laminates are well-made, resistant to wear and tear and affordable.

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Cost Factor

Cost is an important factor to consider when purchasing any floor. Cheap laminate floors are a great value because they give years of performance for less than the cost of hardwood. Another factor is cost of installation. Many people fail to add this into the square foot price of their flooring, and thus get an unpleasant surprise at estimate time. Hardwood, like tile and carpet, should only be installed by professionals. These types of flooring require expertise in handling the materials and in knowing what kinds of underlayment, adhesives, etc. are needed.

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Laminate, on the other hand, is specifically designed to be easy to install with minimal tools and skill. Some cheap laminate floors even come with the backing already attached, so that you only have to lay it down and lock the pieces together. Also, laminate is usually glueless, so there is no need to handle strong adhesives. This makes laminate even more cost-effective when compared to hardwood.

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Care and Maintenance

Care and maintenance of laminate flooring also compares favorably to hardwood. While hardwood is durable, it is prone to scratching, dents and heat and water damage over time. Cheap laminate floors have hard, non-porous surfaces that repel water and won't dent. And, while hardwood requires refinishing every few years, laminate needs only a regular mopping to stay looking like new.

Summary - Hardwood Floors vs. Laminate Floors

The Advantages of Cheap Laminate Floors Make Them a Wise Choice When weighing the benefits of all types of flooring, think about the look you want to achieve. Hardwood has timeless beauty, but today's cheap laminate floors have come a long way in recreating the elegance of real wood. Good quality laminate comes in a wide variety of styles and grains, meant to imitate the richness and variation found in real wood. It is a real alternative to hardwood because it has an authentic look yet it fits into almost any budget.

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In the end, your budget and needs will determine which type of flooring is right for you. Cheap laminate floors have become the flooring of choice for many people who want to get the most value for their money. They are durable, beautiful and easy to maintain. And, with more styles and features than ever before, they allow you more options for getting the look you want. They are a stylish and cost-effective alternative to hardwood.

Article Source & Arthur: Jimmy Sturo

Article Source & Arthur: Elizabeth Hrusch

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