Hardwood flooring is a great upgrade to pretty much any room. However, there are many different types of hardwood. They come with different price tags, installation requirements, and maintenance needs. Basically, you need to do your research and find the type of hardwood that is best for your home. Solid and laminated hardwood floors have a lot of similarities, but they have some key differences that you want to consider before making any decisions for your home. This article explains the main differences between solid and laminated hardwood floors:
Solid hardwood is usually the most expensive way to buy hardwood floors. That is, the overall cost of a solid maple floor will be higher than the cost of a laminated maple product. It should be noted that both solid and layered floors can be found in all the most popular wood species with the most current and trendy finishes.
Solid hardwood is definitely a luxury product, but it has certain advantages. First of all, solid hardwood is more attractive to home appraisers. Basically, it will increase the value of your home. Some people think that solid floors feel more solid under your feet. It is not really possible to determine if this is true. This mainly depends on how your floors were installed and how thick the planks are.
The biggest drawbacks of solid hardwood are that it is not as flexible and it is more susceptible to warping. Water damage on a solid floor is going to be a little harder to fix.
Laminate hardwood is well liked because it looks just like solid hardwood once it is installed, but it costs much less. Laminates have a layered construction. The top layer of the plank is real hardwood, but the lower layers consist of thin plywoods. These are all glued together for a strong, but more flexible and lighter product. This a huge advantage when installing on old construction where the subfloor is not perfectly flat.
As mentioned, you can find a layered laminate product in all of the same species and finishes that are available when shopping for solid products. The main draw of a laminate floor is the reduced cost. The maintenance and durability of both products will be very similar. Think about your price range and choose the product that fits best. In the end, you will probably be happy with either product as long as you have it professionally installed.
Contact a company like McSwain Carpets and Floors for more information and assistance.