When it comes to investing in new floors, you are faced with the choice between
laminate and wood flooring. Comparing the differences can be daunting at first, so here is a quick guide to the benefits and drawbacks of each type:
Simply, laminate flooring is a synthetic product that looks like real wood due to the textual image that is imprinted on the top layer. The core
layer consists of tightly compressed fiberboard material and melamine resin. There are many types of laminate floors, ranging from inexpensive to higher-end wood-textured grains that are
difficult to discern from the real thing. Often referred to as a floating floor system, the surface of laminate is more durable, scratch resistant and easier to clean. However, once it is
damaged, it becomes more difficult to repair. While it is considerably cheaper than wood flooring, it does not add as much value to your home.
Solid hardwood flooring is made up of long wood planks that have been harvested from trees. Natural wood gives off a warmer vibe and has its own
character quirks, but you pay more for this authenticity. While it is easier to damage, it can be refinished, so it ultimately lasts longer. There are numerous options within this category based
on grading, traits, finishes, color and strength.
Durability can be increased and the price maximized by choosing engineered
flooring. This modern option applies a sawn wood lamella finish to the top of several layers of
high-quality plywood or high-density fiberboard. The thin veneer is more easily chipped and delaminated, and it can only be sanded once. However, it is more resistant to moisture and retains a
comparable resale value to solid wood floors.
The Global Alliance showrooms are stocked with dozens of laminate, solid hardwood and engineered hardwood floor options as well as basic and premium underlay choices that carry a 50-year aging
resistance. You can even find the perfect trim and moulding all in one convenient location!