Laminate Vs. Real Wood Flooring

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Hardwood flooring can add a great deal of quality and value to your home, as well as warmth to the room you choose to install it in. Many people will hire a professional to install the flooring but with the right tools you can easily do this job yourself and save a lot of money in the process.

When installing hardwood flooring in your home you will be faced with some big decisions to make regarding the kind of material you want to install. In today's market, the most popular options are laminate wood or real wood. Both have their pros and cons, which will be discussed in this article.    

Laminate Flooring

The major benefit of laminate flooring is in the price. You will pay much less than you will for real wood, which is an obvious benefit to the homeowner. Additionally, the installation process with laminate flooring is much cheaper and much easier as it requires less tools and materials. You can install it over any existing surface, whether it be concrete, tile or another surface because it works as a floating system that doesn't need to be adhered to the subfloor. The last benefit of the laminate flooring is with its wear and tear value. This flooring will not chip or dent in the way that real wood will over time. 

The cons of laminate flooring are primarily in the value. As soon as this type of flooring wears out or becomes damaged then you will have to rip it up and replace it, which can add an unexpected cost to the home owner. Additionally, many people dislike the synthetic look that comes with laminate floors.

Real Wood

With real wood flooring there are several benefits. The primary benefit is the aesthetic quality, which will bring value to your home and add a much warmer feel than that of laminate. Because of this, many people prefer real wood floors. Real wood is harder to install and more expensive, but it will last in your home for decades providing you take care of it and regularly give it a new finish. You'll be able to see every scratch and dent in the real wood surface but many people consider these imperfections to add quality to the floor and value to the home.

There is a pro and a con to each material. Depending on your personal situation and your budget you can make the best decision for your home.  For more information, contact companies like Kenmark Hardwood Floors Inc.

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