Hardwood or Laminate?
If your current flooring is looking like it has seen better days, maybe it’s time for a change. The problem many people stumble across, however, when they do decide to do some home improvement of their flooring is – hardwood or laminate?
“That is a question that many of our customers ask us every day,” notes Darrell Jones, the manager of Floors on Crowfoot in the city of Calgary. Jones says that it is not a simple question, as even the so-called experts appear to be divided on the issue. While many real estate agents, designers and home decorators would recommend hardwood floors, believing that it adds more value to your home than laminate, Jones points out that laminate is not only much easier to install than hardwood – coming with a very simple “click to install” system – it also is not as easy to leave a dent in as hardwood, thanks to being constructed with a range of different materials under extreme heat. Laminate also comes in a much wider variety of styles than in the past – when oak and maple appeared to be the only choice of look available – with looks that mimic that of hardwood, of real wood, ceramic tile and even cork flooring. Moreover, Jones also points out that laminate is also a lot easier to keep clean than its hardwood equivalent, and that while hardwood certainly has strong benefits and advantages, customers also need to be aware the humidity of their home needs to be regulated, as a dry atmosphere could damage the hardwood and end up requiring wood floor restoration.