Bringing wood and its many beautiful tones into your home’s floors creates a more warm and natural look. When making this design choice, you can either go the traditional hardwood route or opt for laminate, which has evolved to be equally as beautiful. Some of the main factors that differentiate the two are their function, manufacturing, and, of course, cost. It is fairly obvious the more expensive of the two options is hardwood, sometimes almost by 50% depending on the types of material used. There are many factors that go into this reasoning, but either way, each choice offers desirable characteristics that can enhance a space. Choosing one depends on your specific wants and needs, and most importantly, your budget.
Laminate flooring has come a long way since it was first invented in the 1970s. It no longer has a plastic look or feel, but has transformed into a quality material that can deliver the classic hardwood style you crave at a much more affordable price. Laminate flooring is made of pressed composite wood, a fairly inexpensive material. The hardwood look is then achieved by transposing an image of it over the pressed wood.
Along with the price, there are many positives to choosing laminate. It is highly durable, making it resistant to moisture and scratches, giving you the option to have it in rooms more prone to these things. It is also known to be very easy to maintain and clean. On the downside, it will never be true wood and cannot pass for it. Choosing it over hardwood could reduce the value of your home when it comes to real estate.
The process of obtaining hardwood materials is much more extensive. It must be harvest from real trees, which can take a very long time to grow, and then be properly treated and prepared. This is one of the main factors that gives it the larger price tag. Because of its higher quality, too, the installation in general will be more expensive.
The price, however, is usually well worth it. You can’t beat the look of natural wood. It can increase the value of your home exponentially, making you money in the long run, and it can be repaired with sanding, unlike laminate. The negatives, though, are that it damages more easily, even with refinishing, and does not always work in every room, depending on traffic levels.
So, whichever road you decided to take, it is best to understand each materials pros and cons and plan for how they will fit into your budget. Either way, your home will look beautiful and sophisticated. To get started today, call Pittsburgh Flooring Company at (412) 564-4105.