Choosing new flooring, but confused about the differences between wood and laminate? Here are a few items to consider as you start your decision process.
Lifestyle: Children and pets don’t function well with wood floors. Spills and scratches can quickly move wood from beautiful to distressed, and maintaining a wood floor requires prompt attention to even a small amount of moisture, as well as an annual application of a wax or polyurethane coating for finish in place applications. A good quality laminate will continue to look new despite family challenges, and can be maintained with a damp mop.
Home Value: In higher-end homes, wood, tile or stone is the flooring of choice. Although resale may not be part of your current plans, because of the long life of flooring, you should always keep resale in mind when making your choices. In family-style neighborhoods, laminates will be a welcome choice for a homebuyer.
Personal Preference: Be sure to visit homes or spaces with both laminate floors and wood floors that have been in place for a good number of years. Wood develops a patina of scratches and dents, as well as some uneven fading, that some like very much and others dislike. A top-quality laminate will continue to look like-new, but some people don’t care for the repeating pattern that is part of even the best laminate floors. See what you prefer.
Once you have addressed these issues, take the time to visit with us. Our sales team is well informed on the newest products, and their advantages and disadvantages. Make a list of questions and concerns, so that your final decision is well-considered and you are happy with the outcome. We are happy to help with any questions you may have!