SOLID WOODEN FLOORING VS LAMINATE WOODEN FLOORING
There is no doubt that wooden flooring is a constantly popular choice for floors, giving a natural warmth that adds a dash of class to any room. Original hardwood floors are a major selling point for older houses, but for newer houses laminate wooden flooring is a more attractive feature.
It is not always as easy to choose between these options, you have to weigh up the pros and cons. What factors should be kept in mind when redoing the floors of your home? And how should you go about deciding which option is best for you?
Choosing the best flooring option
Just like anything else in life, personal choice, practicality, price and durability are major influencing factors. Each home owner has their own requirements – some may be looking for a tough-wearing floor while others may be searching for the wooden flooring that perfectly matches their cupboards.
Whatever the case, keeping these tips in mind will go a long way in helping you make an informed decision:
- Durability – using high density fibres rather than wood slabs, each plank contains multiple layers that add to the strength of the floor, as well as a printed layer that is designed to look like a natural wooden floor. On the surface is a UV resistant layer that ensures the floor can withstand sunshine, heat, and typical wear and tear.
- Installation – planks are usually fitted with click technology, which means that no glue is required for bonding. The floors can be fitted yourself, or by a professional, with installation being a fast and painless process.
- Affordability – this option ranges in price depending on the number of planks required, the quality of the material and of course the installation. Generally it works out to be far more affordable compared to traditional wood planks.
- Replacement – this can be tricky if you are using older laminate styles that do not snap together. With our quality laminate wooden flooring products however, loose or damaged planks can be replaced far more easily. And as these floors are designed to last, replacement is not a big concern unless major damage occurs.
- Durability – these planks are made entirely from wood, and can be sanded or treated either before or after they have been placed. Once solid wooden flooring begin to lose its shine, it can be varnished or treated by a flooring professional – wear and tear is fairly standard however. As wood is not designed to be wet, swelling and expansion can be a risk in the event of spills or leaks. In sunlight, hardwood can also fade or even cause minor surface changes.
- Installation – planks are installed onto the sub-floor using bolsters, which allow the wooden flooring to breathe and make room for swelling. In homes that have existing hardwood as flooring, it is a lot harder to replace planks with other types of floor. Tongue and groove is the most common installation process used.
- Affordability – as these floors are made from trees, pricing can be on the higher side. This is even more so when exotic woods are used as opposed to pine or other standard wood types. Installation costs are also higher due to the process, while upkeep costs may also come into play when floors are damaged or subjected to regular wear and tear.
- Replacement – hardwood does not always need to be replaced. If damage is on the surface and minimal, sanding and treatment can be done instead. In the event of rot or woodlice or other more serious damage, replacement will depend on the age of the floor and whether individual planks can be replaced without affecting the rest of the floor in appearance.
Ultimately, the decision comes down to how you want your flooring to function in your home. After weighing up the advantages and disadvantages of each, you should find it far easier to decide which flooring is right for you.