Hardwood and laminate are two of the most popular flooring choices on the market today. They both give homes a warm, attractive look, and each one has its own set of pros and cons. The style of flooring you choose will really depend on your individual priorities. Fortunately, our Floor Coverings International Northshore experts can help you decide on the right type for your Vancouver home. Let’s start by taking a look at some of the common benefits and issues with each type of flooring.
If budget is one of your top priorities, then laminate may be the best option. It is generally less expensive than hardwood. In fact, you can find some laminate that is extremely inexpensive. However, there are hardwoods available at a value price too. Much of the cost depends on the grade of flooring. If you find a less expensive grade, some hardwoods may be priced less than laminate. In general, hardwoods will cost you more.
If you want flooring that will hold up for years, then investing in hardwoods may be your best choice. Hardwoods last for decades, and if maintained properly, they can potentially last for 100 years or more. If one of your planks is scratched or damaged, it can be sanded and refinished to restore its look. Laminate is not as easy to repair. In fact, you may have to replace the plank altogether.
If you are remodeling your home to sell it, hardwoods are probably a better option. Studies show that homebuyers prefer hardwood flooring over laminate when choosing a home to purchase, and they will pay more for a home with hardwood floors. While laminate is still a popular choice in flooring, it does not add the same level of resale value to your home. So, if you want to get a good return on your investment when you sell your home, hardwoods are your best choice.
For more information on hardwood, laminate, and more, give us a call! Floor Coverings International Northshore offers free consultations to homeowners in North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Burnaby, and beyond.
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