Are you redoing the floors in your home and finding the battle between hardwood versus laminate difficult to duke out? Here are some pros and cons of each of the opponents to help make your decision a little easier.
Resale Value: Buyers are willing to pay top dollar for homes with solid hardwood. Although the initial cost is pricey, sellers generally see a return on their investment.
Variety: There are several different types of wood to choose from and the finishes seem endless. Whether you are a cherry, oak or walnut fan – all can be sanded and stained to meet your latest style whim.
Cost: Installing hardwood will not be an inexpensive upgrade. Expect to pay prices from $4 to over $12 per square foot. Don’t forget to factor on top of that the labour, stain, trim mouldings and underlayment if you’re putting in a floating floor.
Maintenance: Pets nails and children’s toys making constant contact with the wood will mean that you need to refinish your floors from time to time. Keep in mind that some varieties are softer than others and will blemish more easily.
Cost: Laminate is a cost-effective alternative to solid hardwood flooring and can mimic the look quite effectively. Expect to pay about $1.50 to $4 per square foot.
Installation: DIY’ers will install laminate themselves thanks to the interlocking pieces that snap into place and float over a home’s sub-floor. Laminate is also quite versatile and can be installed in almost any location.
Design Limitations: The look of this man-made material is set by the manufacturers so you won’t be able to customize as much as you can with natural hardwood. Laminate cannot be stained to meet a homebuyer’s preference, something to keep in mind if you’re putting your house on the market.
Resale Value: Laminate is not a natural material and doesn’t carry the same high resale value that a solid hardwood would when it comes time to cash in on your investment.
At the end of the day, your home will benefit from installing either hardwood or laminate – both are seen as an upgrade to carpet. It’s up to you and your budget to decide which contender will win this home makeover battle.