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Laminate or real wood flooring: the pros and cons

Looking to give your home a makeover but don’t know where to start when it comes to the many different types of flooring? Considering a wooden floor but can’t decide on whether to choose laminate or real hardwood? Then look no further than our guide to the pros and cons of laminate and real wood flooring.

Laminate and real wood floors have very different characteristics and are suited for different purposes. Two major things to bear in mind when making your decision are your budget and the room you wish to install the floor in. To help you decide, we’ve compiled a list of the positives and negatives of both types of flooring:

Laminate Flooring Pros

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Laminate is a lot cheaper than real solid wood flooring so if you’re on a budget then this could be the type of flooring to choose. Laminate comes in a range of colours and styles and can be made to imitate the look of a real wooden floor. Most people who aren’t flooring connoisseurs won’t be able to tell that your floor is not hardwood when you purchase a good quality laminate floor. Laminate is easy to clean and dirt can be easily removed with something as simple as a damp cloth. As well as being easy to maintain, laminate flooring is easy to install and can even be installed yourself without the need to pay for a fitter.
Laminate flooring can even be installed in bathrooms as laminate flooring can now be finished with a waterproof coating. Laminate floors are perfect for most household rooms, particularly bedrooms or areas that are not too busy.

Laminate flooring cons

Despite the fact that laminate flooring can look like a real wooden floor; it won’t be able to imitate the durability of a solid wooden floor. As laminate floors are thinner than hardwood floors, they do not last as long and cannot be sanded when they begin to look worn. If laminate breaks it can be difficult to fix and will often need to be replaced.

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Real wood flooring pros

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As solid wooden floors are made of real wood, such as oak, they look naturally beautiful. Different types of wood have different colours and characteristics so there is a style to match every décor. Wooden floors are an investment and their quality can even increase the value of your home. Real wood floors are durable and can last a long time. They can be topped with a finish to protect them from damage and expand their lifespan further. If you wish to change the look of your wooden floor years down the line or remove the worn surface of the floor, wooden floors can be sanded down and refinished to give the floor a completely new look.

Real wood flooring cons

With all the pros listed above, it will come as no surprise that solid wood flooring comes at a price and is a lot more expensive than laminate flooring. Real wood floors are also more difficult to install, meaning if you want a good job doing, it is wise to employ an expert to install a real wood floor on your behalf. Engineered wooden floors, which are a combination of plywood and a solid wood top layer, could be a cheaper alternative to a solid wooden floor with the durability that laminate flooring cannot give.

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