Laminate vs. Hardwood Floors: What’s the Difference?

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When it comes time for a large-scale home improvement project like flooring, you’ll want to make the most informed decision that you can. For starters, if this flooring will be installed on the main floor of your home, it’s smart to choose between hardwood or laminate, as carpeting on a main floor is impractical for busy family life. Here are some differentiations between laminate and hardwood flooring to help you determine which option is a better fit for your home.


Of the two, hardwood flooring is the more expensive option, but the upgraded costs come with a high-quality product. Hardwood floors are made from natural wood, while laminate is a synthetic product. Laminate is generally a fiberboard, about four layers, and often has the appearance of wood with a resin on top to seal it. It is less expensive and makes a great option for homeowners looking to reduce costs.


Both laminate and hardwood floors are very durable; they can both be cleaned easily and will not buckle at the slightest spill. However, excessive, untouched water spills may compromise both. A negative of laminate flooring is that if after years of wear and tear, there is nothing you can do to refinish or polish it – it will have to be replaced. On top of that, you will likely only get a maximum of 10 years out of laminate flooring. Hardwood floors, on the other hand, can be sanded and refinished, and they shouldn’t need to be replaced except in cases of major property damage, like a flood in your home. Hardwood floors are also much more resistant to impact than laminate.


A huge factor that goes into your choice between hardwood or laminate flooring is what you are wanting out of your floor. Is this a temporary home for you, but you still want clean and sturdy flooring to live on for now? Or, is this your forever home that you plan on being in indefinitely? If it is the latter, hardwood flooring is worth the higher upfront cost. Some Hardwood floors, if maintained properly can last you a lifetime.  They can be easily repaired, and, if you do decide to move in the future, it is highly sought after by potential buyers.

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At Starwood Distributors, we are proud of both of our hardwood and laminate flooring options and are available to answer any questions you may have about either material. We will help you determine the best flooring option through a free, in-home consultation from representatives at any of our locations.

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