Is hardwood or laminate flooring right for your home?

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.

Smart Floors: TORLYS Eco-Smart Flooring


TORLYS produces more than just laminate and vinyl, but there’s something special about their manufactured product. TORLYS Smart Floors come in a variety of materials, but they all have one thing in common: an especially high ecological and health standard. TORLYS Smart Floor laminate uses patented Uniclic joints that eliminate the need for chemical glues, nails and creates virtually no dust. There are no VOCs and meets the California (Section 01350) indoor air quality standards (one of the toughest in the world). Smart Floors even contribute LEED credits in new construction.

Smart Floors are just another way that TORLYS has upped the standard of sustainability over and above their Reduced Footprint Mandate. To find out more about their huge selection of Smart Floors, come down to our showroom at 2920 A Moray Ave. in Courtenay.

Canadian-Made: Laurentian Hardwood


Laurentian Hardwood is manufactured by Canada’s leading flooring company, Shnier. This beautiful flooring is created specifically for Canada’s climate using our own domestic species. As a company with a long-standing history in Canada, Shnier works hard to maintain an inclusive corporate culture that promotes the well-being of its employees. The result is a group of people who create a high-quality product that they are proud to see in your home.

To find out more about our Canadian-made hardwood flooring products, come down to our showroom at 2920 A Moray Ave. in Courtenay.

World Leaders in Sustainable Flooring


What is a unique flooring experience? Tarkett is driven to be the leader in sustainable flooring after 130 years of innovation. As one of the first companies to join the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s ‘Circular Economy 100’ program in 2013, Tarkett uses a closed loop circular design model by using good materials that respect health and the environment, optimizes the use of resources like water and energy during production, making sure their products are friendly to the user’s health and wellbeing, and recycling products.

We also carry Euro Ceramic Tile, the leading distributor of fine ceramic, porcelain and natural stone across Western Canada. Euro only works with the most reputable manufacturers in the world, bringing you beautiful and sustainable flooring made of long-lasting, natural materials. Not only are ceramic tiles durable, they are VOC free and do not release toxic compounds into the air.

You can find out more about Tarkett vinyl in our showroom and find even more sustainable flooring solutions: 2920 A Moray Ave. in Courtenay.

150 Years of Quality: Godfrey-Hirst Carpet


Comox Valley Floor Centre is proud to carry Godfrey-Hirst residential carpet, one of the top 10 carpet manufacturers in the world. Founded in 1865, Godfrey-Hirst has established a standard of quality over its 150 year history that is hard to beat. It is manufactured in Australia and New Zealand with state-of-the-art processes and technologies using both natural and synthetic fibres.

Come down to our showroom today to see the many amazing features and colours offered by this quality brand: 2920 A Moray Ave. in Courtenay.

Kentwood Hardwood Flooring – Uncompromising quality


Why we’re proud to carry quality hardwood flooring from Kentwood
When it comes to choosing hardwood flooring for your home or office, finding hardwood that looks great is only part of the equation. You also want a hardwood floor that is built to last, designed to preserve the air quality of your space and manufactured in a sustainable manner. And of course, your hardwood should look unequivocally stunning.

That’s why we’re proud to carry Kentwood Hardwood Flooring.

Spectacular hardwood flooring

When Kentwood opened its doors in 2003, its founders set an incredibly high standard for quality. Kentwood specializes in hardwood floors that celebrate the infinite variety and natural beauty of real wood, make a bold design statement and are manufactured to last a lifetime.

The company’s collection of hardwood flooring includes a dizzying array of colours, species, designs and textures that evoke the awe-inspiring landscapes of Kentwood’s West Coast home. From its connoisseur-level Couture Collection to its more budget-conscious Elements line, Kentwood Hardwood Flooring provides an elegant look to any space.

Environmentally friendly wood flooring

While Kentwood sets an impeccable standard for quality, it’s not willing to sacrifice environmental stewardship to get there.

Kentwood Hardwood Flooring lives by a wide-ranging corporate environmental program that touches every aspect of product development and manufacture. From responsible forestry and focusing on flooring that’s built to last a lifetime, to supporting organizations that promote responsible land use and encouraging its customers to adopt environmentally friendly practices, Kentwood does everything it can to minimize its environmental impact.

Hardwood flooring that won’t harm air quality

We’ve all heard about how off-gassing from new flooring and other products can affect the indoor air quality of a home. Not so when it comes to Kentwood Hardwood Flooring.

In its commitment to preserving indoor air quality and formaldehyde emissions, Kentwood goes far beyond current regulations. In fact, it tests all of its engineered flooring against the air quality standard that’s widely considered the strictest in the world: California’s CA Section 01350. LEED considers this standard to be the best indicator of a floor’s ability to contribute to high indoor air quality.

To learn more about the indoor air quality in your own home, watch this short video from Kentwood: “What’s Your IAQ?”

At Comox Valley Floors, we have the largest flooring stock anywhere on Vancouver Island. Come down to our huge flooring showroom and warehouse in Courtenay to see Kentwood Hardwood Flooring for yourself!