Spring is an ideal time to work on home improvement projects, and there are few better ways to upgrade your home than by replacing old flooring. While there are numerous flooring options to choose from, two of the most popular options are hardwood and laminate. Here’s a guide to help you choose between the two.
Hardwoods are widely beloved for their natural beauty and classic allure. The aesthetic value alone may be enough to persuade some to purchase natural wood flooring. The caveat is because hardwood is harvested from natural resources, it is more expensive than man-made materials. The price depends on the type of wood you choose; rare woods are more expensive than those that are widely available, for instance.
While it has a higher initial price tag, hardwood’s desirability and longevity can add value to your home. This allows you to recoup some of the cost if you sell. Furthermore, although wood is susceptible to fading and scratching, you can restore your floors to like-new condition with sanding and refinishing. With many materials, restoration isn’t that simple. Hardwood is also an eco-conscious choice as it lasts for many years and can be repurposed. You can easily clean hardwood by sweeping or wiping with a microfiber cloth to remove dust and debris. Once a week, moisten a mop with a specialized hardwood floor cleaner to mop the floors. Don’t use water as this can damage the wood.
Laminate can be a more budget-friendly alternative to hardwoods. While it costs about half the price of natural wood, high-quality products can look quite similar to the real thing. Laminate is an excellent choice for busy families with high traffic. It is resistant to scratching and wear, although when damage does occur, you’ll need to call a contractor to repair it. Restoration often involves replacing the boards on which the laminate is set. Like hardwood, it needs to be cleaned with the proper cleaners and is not moisture resistant. But overall, it is lower maintenance than its natural counterpart. With proper care, laminate can last 15 to 20 years.