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The Real Reason Laminate Flooring Is Better Than Hardwood
The Difference
Homeowners often choose between engineered hardwood, which includes a bottom layer of cheaper plywood topped with a layer of wood veneer or laminate. Laminate flooring is a thinner alternative that is made up of a fiberboard bottom, a graphic overlay or “photo” of your desired wooden look, and a coated “wear” layer for protection.
Save On Costs
The average cost of solid hardwood flooring without installation is $8 per square foot while laminate flooring is between $1 and $3 per square foot. If it’s quality that you’re looking for, keep in mind that the cost of higher quality laminate is about the same as cheaper hardwood.
Easier DIY Installation
If you want an easy DIY experience, laminate can easily be installed over your existing floor, and you won’t have to hire a professional like with hardwood floors. The planks come finished, so all you have to do is cut each piece to the desired size and interlock them in place with their simple tongue and groove system.
Achieve Looks for Less
Nowadays, laminate flooring effortlessly blends the photo layer with a realistic texture that mimics hardwood. What this means is that if you want to try more expensive or exotic flooring like bamboo, you can achieve that with laminate for a cheaper price while still obtaining a luxurious floor.
More Durable
Laminate floors contain aluminum oxide in the top protective layer, which will protect your floor from scratches and weathering from the sun. Hardwood floors don’t have this layer, so they will stay scratched until you sand and refinish them and may also experience discoloration from the sun over time.