Disadvantages of Laminate Flooring
The lure of laminate flooring can be quite strong. In surface appearance, laminate flooring does look a great deal like its more expensive cousin, genuine hardwood flooring. This alone has persuaded many consumers to opt for laminate. Laminate, however, is quite often a synthetic product made from a variety of durable plastics; in many cases it is not real wood at all. This means it has several serious drawbacks.
The Luxury Angle
Perhaps the most serious drawback to laminate flooring is the fact that because is it not usually real wood, it does not add the same kind of value to your home that traditional hardwood can. While laminate may look very wood-like, responsible homeowners would have to admit to prospective buyers that they have installed a laminate product. This has a tendency to immediately lower the perceived value level of the home and can result in a lower bid or offer for the dwelling.
Some laminate does have a thin layer of real wood on the top, but even when this is the case, it is still not the quality, luxury product that real hardwood flooring can be.
The Maintenance Angle
A true hardwood floor can last a lifetime and even longer because real wood can be sanded down and resurfaced multiple times. Procedures such as floor sanding and finishing can do more than rejuvenate old or scratched wooden surfaces, it can also allow homeowners to change colours drastically or adopt different surfacing preferences from smooth to roughly contoured.