Solid wood and laminate wood flooring, what are their pros and cons? Here are some aspects you could make a comparison:
Solid wood flooring is a highly attractive, premium building material that has undeniable more prestige than laminate.
Top-quality laminates now have a more random repeat pattern and they integrate a surface grain texture to make the flooring even more realistic, but the mimicry is far from perfect.
Better in appearance: solid wood
Giving to the values and features of solid hardwood, it requires professional worker to install. They’re not made to float over existing floors. And rental of special tools such as a floor nailer or stapler is required.
Laminate flooring is very easy for owners to install themself. There is no need for fasteners or glue since the flooring float over a thin layer of foam underlayment.
Easier for installation: laminate
Hardwood flooring can last a lifetime—or even longer with proper maintenance. If they become damaged, they can also be sanded and refinished for several times.
With good care, most laminate floors can last for 15-25 years. But the top layer of laminate floors is better than solid wood in resistant to scratches, stains, and dents.
Longer for durability: solid wood
Hardwood can be repaired by sanding imperfections and refinishing. If they become overly scratched, they can usually be refinished to restore their former beauty.
Water-resistant, so it’s okay to mop them with water. Laminate flooring doesn’t repair easily. If they’re damaged, they can’t be sanded or refinished and must be replaced.
Easier for care: it depends
Hardwood flooring is made of harvested trees; pricing depends on the type of wood you choose. In general, hardwood is considerably higher to buy and to install.
Laminate wood flooring is made-made materials. Not only are the materials themselves cheaper, but the cost of laminate wood installation is less than hardwood installation.
Better for cost: laminate
Review these pros and cons, and be realistic about demands; high traffic, moisture, sunlight and so on, that will make sense. Consider all the factors — and make a more suitable choice.