Whether you are remodeling your kitchen or building a new home, deciding on how to finish your kitchen floor requires some basic knowledge and comparison to figure out which material best fits your lifestyle and home. Two popular choices are hardwood or laminate flooring.
What is Laminate Flooring?
Laminate flooring has several layers of synthetic material that have been fused together through lamination. Often simulating a stone or wood, laminate flooring consists of a clear protective layer with an appliqué layer on top. Usually laminate flooring is made out of fiberboard materials and melamine resin. Other reasons to choose laminate flooring include its low cost, ease of installation, and easy maintenance. Laminate floors are durable and outlast other flooring materials.
What is Wood Flooring?
Wood flooring is a durable, environmentally friendly type of flooring fashioned out of timber for aesthetic or structural purposes. There are many types of wood flooring, but normally it is made with oak, walnut, or other hardwood. Solid wood flooring, hardwood flooring, rotary-peel, sliced peel and engineered flooring are some types of wood flooring available under the category.
Pros and Cons
What is the difference between laminate and wood flooring?
- Laminate flooring is a flooring product where several layers of synthetic flooring have been fused together with a lamination process. Wooden flooring is a flooring product where the floorboards are made out of timber.
- Laminate flooring makes use of fiberboard materials and melamine resin. Wood flooring mainly uses hard timber; however, products such as bamboo can also be used.
- Laminate flooring is more cost effective and easier to maintain than wood flooring.
- Wood flooring is more environmental friendly than laminate flooring.
- Hardwood flooring is usually guaranteed to last a lifetime, whereas laminate flooring will need to be replaced every 10-15 years.
- The appearance of wood flooring is more elegant than laminate flooring.
What is the cost difference?
The cost of domestic hardwood ranges from $8 to $12 per square foot, uninstalled, for pre-finished, standard width. Installation costs depend on local rates of hardwood flooring installers.
Laminate flooring costs range from $1 to $7 per square foot, uninstalled, with the higher cost reflecting better quality, more realistic-looking designs. If an underlayment is needed, add $1 to $2 per square foot.
Another consideration when choosing between laminate and hardwood floors is resale value. Hardwood flooring is very popular with buyers.
Irish Accents & Renovations can help you decide on which flooring materials will work best for your individual needs and tastes.