Today, laminate flooring is becoming a popular choice for homeowners due to its durability and cost effectiveness and because it’s more environmentally friendly and easy to install. In the same prospective many people look to solid hardwood because of its natural beauty and use of all natural materials. So which one is better? It really all depends on the homeowners style. Here at Welbilt we provide our homeowners with hundreds of selection choices so they can enjoy a floor that looks, feels and sounds like they have always imagined without having to empty their wallet. Below we have listed some pros and cons when choosing wood vs. laminate.
Laminate flooring is made of highly pressurized wood fibers, agricultural waste and resin. A decorative paper is added to the surface and covered with a durable melamine resin. The special backing creates a moisture barrier, making it the ideal flooring choice for kitchens, bathrooms and basements.
- Laminates’ 3 rating levels
- Low-use – is perfect for the bedroom or rooms that have low traffic
- Average-use – is for the rooms that the whole family frequents, but where the flooring wouldn’t receive as much abuse, such as living rooms and dining rooms.
- High-traffic – is designed for just that, heavy traffic. This rating is ideal for rooms where durability is most important, such as kitchens, bathrooms and utility rooms.
Solid Wood flooring
This type of flooring is comprised of solid pieces of wood, but homeowners may want to consider which room they are planning to place it in. Solid hardwood floors do not hold up to water and moisture well. When placed in a high humidity environment, the boards will warp and buckle over time. Homeowners should check to see if the materials were obtained in a sustainable forest in order to maintain an environmentally friendly project.
Hardwood is made similar to laminate its top layer consists of a thin piece of natural wood covered by several layers of veneer. Both engineered hardwood and laminate flooring are comparable in durability, but there’s a distinct difference in price-point. We’d love to help you build a home that’s just right for your family. For more information please call us @ (610) 916-2020. Our main office & design center is located on 15 Orchard Lane Leesport, PA 19533. Happy Building!