Pros and Cons of Hardwood vs Laminate Flooring Pros and Cons of Hardwood vs Laminate Flooring

Are you looking at the differences between hardwood vs laminate flooring? If you are currently on the search for a new floor and you are unsure whether to choose a laminate or a hardwood, here are a few things to consider.

Manufacturing Characteristics

Laminate flooring is made with 4 different layers, where each of the layers are designed to do a specific job. One layer may provide the flooring pattern, whereas another layer may provide durability. Laminate is made from different materials including resin, responsible for making sure the laminate lasts and wears well. As a contrast, wood flooring is either engineered, or not engineered. If it is man-made, then it is likely to be manufactured with several layers that include the pre-finish shine and sometimes you will find a wood floor made with renewable sources. 

Installation and Repair Characteristics

Laminate floors tend to be a little easier to initially install. However, that being said, wood floors can always be repaired. Laminate floors are not a surface that can easily be repaired. If you have dogs or cats in the house, you may want to consider a hardwood floor over a laminate floor surface.


If not installed properly, the laminate will shift over your concrete floor and you will see 'cracking' in between some of the tiling. Some of your wood flooring that is exposed to UV rays, over time will change color and become a much lighter finish. With proper care, and with a routine maintenance or refinishing plan, your hardwood floors will last a lifetime.

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