Laminate wood flooring is a popular alternative to traditional hardwood flooring because it is cheap, easy to install, and still beautiful to look at. We have installed laminate floors in countless homes in the Detroit area, so we are now well aware of its benefits and drawbacks. Before you decide to use laminate wood floors throughout your home, consider the pros and cons listed below.
Same Look For Less Money
The main reason why most people choose laminate wood floors over hardwood for their kitchen remodeling is because they are much more affordable. If you are working with a budget or you simply don’t want to spend a lot on flooring, laminate wood products can give you the look you want without spending a fortune. Laminate flooring has come a long way over the last few decades, and it really does look like real wood now. Nevertheless, it does have some downsides.
Easy Scratching And Bubbling
Laminate floors are a lot softer than hardwood floors, so they scratch and bubble more easily. If you have a heavy piece of furniture like a piano or a large entertainment center, that furniture may leave an indention on your floors over time. If you have a lot of traffic coming in and out of your home, you may notice that the floors scratch up over time. You can always use oil to revitalize it, but you’ll have to deal with the scratches until then.
Because laminate flooring is machine made, it is more likely to all be the same color pattern. With hardwood, you might end up with planks that are much lighter in one box than they are in another. Your flooring installers should mix these up to avoid noticeable changes in the floors, but it is something to keep in mind. If you want a guaranteed color all the way around, faux wood may actually be a better option.
Because laminate wood is softer and easier to scratch, it tends to need replacing faster than hardwood. Many historic homes still have their original wood floors because hardwood can stand the test of time. As long as it is properly conditioned, you could use it in your home for decades to come.
Don’t choose laminate flooring just for the price point. Make sure it makes sense for your home as a whole. If it does, we will gladly come out and install it for you. Whether for your basement remodeling or new additions, the right flooring really sets the stage for a great living space.