Getting your flooring done, whether it’s for a new home or for a home you’ve lived in for some time, is a big commitment, and you’ll want to make sure it’s done right the first time so you don’t have to deal with the repercussions of choosing a poor flooring option for your home.

Ultimately, your decision will come down to choosing either a hardwood or a laminate floor. But how will you know which one is right for your home? In this blog, we’re going to talk about some of the benefits of both laminate and hardwood flooring so you can feel more confident about the decision you make.

What is laminate flooring?

Laminate flooring, sometimes called floating wood tile, is a synthetic flooring option held together with lamination. Laminate flooring is designed to look and feel like hardwood flooring without the drawbacks of hardwood flooring. However, like anything, there are downsides to laminate flooring as well. Make sure you understand both in order to be able to make an educated decision.

Pros:

Laminate floor is made by composite wood being compressed together at a high temperature. Once that’s done, a hardwood image is placed over it to give it the appearance of a hardwood floor. Believe it or not, this type of flooring is not only cheaper, but laminate floor installation costs are typically much cheaper than hardwood installation. Additionally, due to the way that laminate flooring is produced, it’s more durable and is resistant to scratches, moisture, and general wear and tear.

Cons:

The biggest downside to laminate flooring is, given to the fact that it’s artificial wood, it typically won’t look as genuine as a real hardwood floor. Another downside is that they don’t last as long as hardwood floors and can’t be stained.

What is hardwood flooring?

Hardwood is the traditional flooring option. There are a lot of different types of wood available to you such as domestic or exotic hardwood, various hardness levels, solid wood flooring, and engineered wood flooring. Check with your flooring expert to figure out what’s best for you and your home.

Pros:

Unlike with laminate flooring, you’re getting the real deal. Hardwood isn’t combined with other materials or covered in a laminate, you’re getting a product that is 100% wood. Because of that, you’ll be able to stain your floor to give it the color and shine that you desire. If well-maintained, hardwood floor can last a lifetime whereas laminate flooring typically lasts around 20 years.

Cons:

Although hardwood floors are the more costly option, there are a variety of wood types out there that will cause your price to vary as well as your installation costs. There’s oak, maple, teak, and many more, so make sure you do your research to find out which one won’t break the bank but will still look good in your home.

Another con to hardwood flooring is that it requires regular refinishing work every ten years or so in order to maintain its shine and color. Hardwood floors are more likely to be damaged by moisture and should not be installed in bathrooms or kitchens because of this.

Hopefully, now you have a better idea of which type of flooring you want. If you have any additional questions, or you’re ready to start installing either a laminate or hardwood floor in the San Francisco area, contact Mongalo Designs today! We are experts at installing both hardwood and engineered flooring for commercial and residential projects. Also, don’t hesitate to contact us for all your sanding, refinishing, sealing, and polishing needs. We’re always here to help you get the floor you’ve always dreamed of!