This post is for anyone torn between investing in hardwood flooring or installing wood look laminate. To get to the bottom of this dilemma, the experts at Floor Coverings International of Charleston will match these two against each other to see how they compare. Keep reading to learn which one will emerge as champion!

Round One: Performance

brazilian cherry hardwood floor, floor coverings international charlestonHardwood is known for its durability and long lasting performance — particularly varieties that rank higher on the Janka hardness scale. It really shines when it comes to handling heavy foot traffic without wearing. However, hardwood is also susceptible to warping if exposed to high levels of moisture or high temperatures.

While wood look laminate can’t quite match the sheer hardness of quality hardwood, it does have it’s own set of strengths. Because it’s a synthetic material, laminate flooring is better able to handle moisture and temperature changes. Its construction also makes it more resistant to scratches and dents.

Round Two: Cost

wood look laminate, floor coverings international charlestonA major benefit of wood look laminate is its relatively low cost compared to hardwood. This is because it is both less expensive to produce and easier to install. Wood look laminate is a solid choice for owners who want flooring quickly or have smaller budgets.

Hardwood tends to be more expensive and require expert installation, however it is also an excellent long-term investment that will look beautiful for decades to come. Hardwood flooring is a favorite for owners wanting to boost the value of their property or add a sense of luxury to their space.

Round Three: Maintenance

cleaning wood floor, floor coverings international charlestonThe best way to care for hardwood flooring is to sweep and damp mop regularly to remove debris, use furniture pads to prevent scratches, and to quickly wipe up spills. You will also want to make sure the wood is periodically refinished according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Maintaining wood look laminate is pretty similar to caring for hardwood flooring — routinely sweep, damp mop, use furniture pads, etc. One difference is that you need to invest in laminate-safe cleaners as oils, soaps, varnishes, and wax will create a dull film on the laminate surface. Wood look laminate doesn’t require refinishing, but it does require special color-matching products to cover up the appearance of scratches and nicks.

The Victor?

To tell the truth, there isn’t a clear winner in this comparison. Hardwood and wood look laminate are actually very different flooring products and each has its own set of benefits and precautions depending on the project. If you’re torn on which one to choose, contact us for a free design consultation. Our floor experts can help you decide which is the perfect flooring for your space!

Floor Coverings International of Charleston proudly serves the Charleston, Mount Pleasant, and the Lowcountry areas. Call us today to learn more!

Photo Credit: Mark Bernard (top), Sever180 (middle), Stokkete (bottom).