Info to help you make a decision about flooring options

So you’ve determined that you want a clean, finished, “woody” look. That’s a great first step. Now what? Choosing between hardwood and laminate.

Auugh . . . more decisions!!!

Like with many home design decisions, selecting flooring that works best for your home and lifestyle can be made easier by looking at some pros and cons. Here are a few things to consider when comparing hardwood and laminate flooring.

Advantages and disadvantages of laminate flooring

Laminate flooring typically is designed to imitate the look of wood but is in fact a multi-layer synthetic. Its core layer is manufactured primarily from melamine resin and fiber board with a top layer that’s an imprinted textured image made to look like real wood.

Over the years, laminate flooring has come a long way. It’s more durable and better-looking than ever, and affordability remains its most appealing aspect. Because of its strength, most laminate is very resistant to scratching, fading, staining and moisture. It’s also quick and fairly easy to install. And in terms of maintenance, laminate flooring is a breeze.

However, like any manufactured synthetic product, laminate is not as eco-friendly as a natural wood product both in terms of production and eventual disposal. And its life expectancy tops out at about 20 years.

Pros and cons of hardwood flooring

Obviously, the look and feel of real wood flooring is something that has no comparison. Wood adds value to any home, and its price reflects that fact. Unlike laminate, each piece of wood is one of a kind, so your floor’s grain patterns will be unique.

Installation and finishing can be more time-consuming and some maintenance is typically required every few years, but over time it has excellent longevity. And, opposed to laminate, spot repairs and refinishing are easily dealt with.

Deciding between hardwood and laminate? Talk to the experts at Comox Valley Floor Centre

Both laminate and natural wood flooring are available in a wide range of styles, finishes and price points. Depending on which rooms you are considering, and your particular housing situation, one option may be more suited to your home and lifestyle than another. Kids and pets, high-traffic areas, transition or retirement home – there are plenty of things to keep in mind!

Our experts will help you decide what works best for you and can make sure the installation proceeds smoothly. At Comox Valley Floor Centre, we carry the largest selection of stylish and affordable flooring options on the Island.

Come by our Courtenay location and we can discuss all your residential and commercial flooring needs. Or just give us a call at 250-897-1166 and we can set up your free in-home estimate. Let us help you create the look you want.