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The Low-Down on Laminate vs. Hardwood Floors

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Published at Friday, August 04th 2017. by in Flooring.

Perhaps because their look is often so alike (many argue that it's practically impossible to distinguish between quality laminate and hardwood flooring: others disagree). laminate and hardwood are often compared as viable flooring alternative.

Proponents of hardwood argue that it's the best choice, while proponents of laminate sing its praises with wouldn't trade for anything. Deciding which type of flooring is best for you depends on a variety of factors. In this article, we'll break down the advantages and disadvantages of each so you will be better able to make a decision as to which type of flooring truly fits your design style and your lifestyle.

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WHAT IS LAMINATE FLOORING?
Laminate wood flooring (and called floating wood tile) is a multi‐layer synthetic flooring product that's fused together and a lamination process. Laminate flooring reproduce wood and a photographic applique sheet below a obvious protective layer.

WHAT IS HARDWOOD FLOORING?
Hardwood flooring is any commodity manufactured from timber that's designed for employ as flooring, either structural or aesthetic. Hardwood floors arrive in a variety of widths, stains, grains, and woods.

ADVANTAGES OF LAMINATE FLOORING
Laminate floors are “soft“ underfoot.
Laminate flooring “gives” a little when it's walked on because the laminate itself is installed atop a layering of acoustical underlayment. This adds a part of cushion to the completed floor.

Laminate floors afford a genuine vibe for less cost.
Laminate flooring is typically less expensive than hardwood floors. This is a huge benefit to people who want the genuine look of wood but who have a lower charge point. In fact, laminate wood installation price is on mean 50% more than hardwood.

Laminate floors are durable.
existence manufactured out of pressed wood, laminate floors are tough with resistant to scratches, moisture, and daily wear and tear.

Laminate floors are simple to clean and maintain.
Unlike hardwood floors, laminate floors require no additional topcoats or wood oils once installed: simply clean with regular floor cleaner and you're on your way. Laminate floors don't require polishing, neither do they yellow or fade from sunlight above time.

DRAWBACK OF LAMINATE FLOORING
Laminate flooring is artificial.
Laminate flooring, especially the lower standard stuff, tends to look less visually appealing than correct hardwood. Some laminate flooring “wood grains“ look more artificial than real, which detracts from the beauty of any position.

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