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Hardwood Floor VS. Laminates

Your favorite hardwood floor has a competitor and a tough one. The competition comes from laminates that is well known for its appearance, durability, ease of maintenance, and modest cost. That is why it is a real dilemma for the homeowners when it comes to choosing between hardwood floors and laminates. To make sure you choice gets simpler, we have given the comparison of both the options so that you can choose the best for your requirements.

A typical conventional hardwood floor installation is a laborious job demanding intensive labor. Laying a hardwood floor is a complicated process, as the hardwood is nailed into place with a special tool that eases the nailing. Whereas, laminates are assembled by snapping tongue and grooves together by means of small amount of glue in the groove. There are also some innovations in laminate flooring that are glue-less.

Once laid, Hardwood flooring requires sanding, staining and 5-7 applications of finish whereas laminates are pre-finished and do not require finishing application.

Refinishing is another part where laminates seem to beat the hardwood flooring. A typical hardwood floor requires re-finishing after extensive use. This is to bring back the luster and shine back to the floor. This is a time and money consuming process, which is not necessary for the laminate flooring.

Maintaining hardwood floor requires special attention whereas laminate flooring only requires wiping with a damp cloth.

For those, who want both the convenience of laminate flooring and feel of hardwood, there is a new blend of laminate flooring with actual hardwood top.
 
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