Information on Choosing Hardwood / Laminate

Hardwood Flooring and Laminate Flooring

Great Flooring for Your Home

Hardwood Sailing Ship Medallion with Installer

Hardwood flooring and laminate flooring are both good flooring choices, although if your budget allows you to spend the extra money, it is usually a good idea to go with hardwood flooring.

Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood Flooring has been in use inside of homes and buildings for hundreds of years. Hardwood flooring is a classic and can hardly become outdated. It creates a sophisticated feel to any room.

Some of the Many benefits of hardwood flooring:

  • Easy to keep clean
  • Requires very little to no maintenance
  • Added value to your home
  • Creates a very clean environment as it barely traps dirt and dust
  • Resilient – lasts a long time
  • Most can be refinished, doubling or tripling the floor’s usable lifetime
  • Wide variety of sizes, colors, species, methods of construction, and installation types

The overwhelming majority of wood that is sold and installed today is pre-finished. Pre-finished wood has a better finish than what you can achieve in the field and it installs with little to no dust or hassle to your existing home.

Warm Family Room with Area Rug

Pre-finished wood should have multiple coats of finish, an Aluminum Oxide wear-layer, and be UV-cured to create a harder finish. A professional should be consulted to be sure you are using the right species in the area that you are interested in as each species has its own pros and cons.

Please check out the National Wood Flooring Association for more information on species, manufacturing types, and other hardwood flooring information.

Important note: When purchasing hardwood make sure that you are purchasing it from responsible hardwood flooring manufacturers, and from reputable flooring companies that can help you with the warranty process should there be any issues.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate Flooring is a popular choice for those who want an economic alternative to Hardwood Flooring or have a situation where Hardwood Flooring is unable to be installed. Laminate Flooring, unlike hardwood flooring, is designed to not scratch or dent. It is very easy to install, easy to clean, and durable.

Please check out the North American Laminate Floor Association for more information on Laminate

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