Laminate flooring is a multiple layered composite flooring product that is made to resemble the look of natural wood floors. There are many advantages to laminate floors and their popularity is gaining. Many home owners that are interested in new hardwood floors are not even aware of the laminate option. Here is an overview of the flooring option to help you make an more informed choice.
Are you a fan of Brazilian Cherry, or love the look of bamboo floors? Regardless of the natural wood you prefer, there is a laminate floor that will match. To the naked and untrained eye identifying the difference between a laminate floor and natural wood floor is very difficult discern. The grain marks and textured look that represent hardwood floors are also present within laminate flooring.
Natural wood is a more sensitive material than its laminate counterpart and requires more attention and maintenance. Hardwood floors will experience occasional scratches and dings and as a result will need to be sanded and coated with a protective layer. Laminate floors do not require that level of care because the material is more resistant to damage than natural wood. Moisture issues are often present with hardwood floors as well, and by going with the laminate options you can rid yourself of this concern. Laminate material does not absorb moisture like wood planks do and the fluctuation in local temperature does not need to be taken into account during installation.
Laminate floors are also slightly less expensive than natural wood floors, both for installation and for maintenance. Since laminate floors are a synthetic product the material is not as expensive as natural wood to purchase. As noted earlier, laminates require less maintenance throughout their life and this also limits the cost of the floor over time.
Metro Atl. Floors is a huge fan of both wood flooring options and considers choosing between the two to be splitting hairs. Depending on your home and what interests you, either floor material could be suitable. We encourage you to discuss the options in greater depth with your flooring professional when you do decide to start the floor renovation process.