Flooring samples in WadsworthMany Wadsworth homeowners have difficulty choosing between laminate and hardwood flooring. Each option has its advantages; here’s a quick head-to-head comparison from Floor Coverings International Medina to help you make your decision.

Appearance

Both hardwood and laminate flooring are available in a wide variety of styles, with many varieties of laminate designed to mimic real hardwood. However, although laminate flooring can look quite attractive, a trained eye can recognize the difference.

Cost

Most laminate flooring is going to be considerably cheaper than real hardwood flooring. However, hardwood flooring is often a worthwhile investment since it will add to the value of your home and make it more appealing when it comes time to sell.

Durability

Hardwood flooring will last for centuries with proper care, but laminate flooring tends to last just over a decade with the same level of care. Beyond that, both have their pros and cons for durability. Hardwood flooring has better impact resistance and can be refinished, but it gouges more easily than laminate. Neither does well with moisture, so it’s important to clean up spills right away.

Installation

Laminate flooring typically has a faster and less messy installation process. The boards can usually be clicked together, and they don’t have to be acclimated like real wood. Hardwood floors will take more care and skill for installation, and may need to be finished on site depending on the product you choose.

Care

Daily and weekly maintenance for both are the same with daily sweeping and weekly mopping with appropriate cleaners. Hardwood floors should be sanded and refinished when they start to look worn down.

We hope this comparison has helped you decide whether laminate or hardwood floors are the better choice for your Wadsworth home. If you still have questions, you can also schedule a free consultation with Floor Coverings International Medina.

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