It is very important to choose the flooring of a house according to your lifestyle and benefits. Wood flooring gives a natural and stylish look to a room and there are mainly two types of wood flooring which are hardwood flooring and laminate flooring. Here is some of the outlook on exactly what they are and their pros and cons.
Hardwood laminate flooring
Hardwood laminate floors are made by compressing the wood at high temperatures and placing a laminate over it. There are mainly four layers to a hardwood laminate floor.
Wear layer is the top most layer which protects the floor from stains and scratches.
Design layer is the layer which provides a realistic and high end image of a wood.
Inner core layer is made up of wood fibres and it is moisture resistant and keeps the floor strong and stable.
Backing is the layer which protects the floor from damaging.
Hardwood floors are made from exotic and beautiful planks made from single piece of timber of trees.
Pros and cons of hardwood flooring and laminate flooring.
Cost of the flooring
If you are looking for wood flooring and the budget is short just go for hardwood laminate flooring. Hardwood flooring is very costly compared to laminate flooring. Back in the 1970s when laminate flooring came in to being, it just looked like plastic or low class of wood and was an alternative to hardwood flooring due to the high cost of hardwood flooring. Over the years with the help of technology laminate flooring has satisfied the homeowners by giving realistic touch of wood.
Which flooring decorates the house best?
Hardwood flooring wins in this case. As the planks of the hardwood flooring are harvested from beautiful and exotic trees, naturally hardwood flooring provides the best look. Hardwood laminate flooring also decorates the house beautifully but do not provide the unconventional and natural look provided by the hardwood flooring.
Hardwood laminate floors are more durable than that of hardwood flooring. Hardwood laminate floors are most resistible to wear and tear. If there are kids in the family try for the laminate floors as they are most resistible to scratches and stains than the hardwood floors. Hardwood laminate floors are also moisture resistant. Hardwood floors are least resistant to wear and tear as they are not protected well enough. Hardwood laminate floors are resistant to ultraviolet rays due to sunlight proofing. Hardwood floors should be used with caution. Laminate flooring could be used in kitchens and bathrooms as they have water proofing.
Hardwood floors are repaired easily through refinishing compared to laminate flooring. After finishing the repair the new planks might not suit with the old planks in both the cases.
Hardwood laminate flooring has the upper hand in wood flooring with very little disadvantages.