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Laminate vs Hardwood Flooring

How Does Laminate Flooring Compare to Solid Hardwood Flooring?

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Laminate vs Hardwood Flooring
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Laminate and hardwood floors are like night and day. While laminate is often touted as a reasonable substitute for hardwood flooring, it's not even close.

My personal opinion: If you can at all, purchase solid hardwood flooring. While it has a higher up-front cost, it will serve you better in the long-run. But laminate flooring does have its own strong points.

Laminate FlooringSolid Hardwood Flooring
DIY Install?Very easy. Many types of laminate flooring even snap together--no glue.Difficult for non-professionals to install.
CostLaminate wins. You can buy laminate flooring for as little as a dollar or two per square foot.It's difficult to find any solid hardwood flooring for under $3-4 per sq. ft.
DurabilityExpect 10-15 years of use.Hardwood flooring will last a lifetime and more.
Refinish?Laminate flooring cannot be refinished.Solid hardwood can be refinished dozens of times.
Resale Value?Some premium laminate flooring has moderate resale value.A well-maintained hardwood floor has better resale value than laminate.
Appearance?For a distance, quality laminate flooring is indistinguishable from the real product.Solid hardwood floor is attractive--even cheaper types like red or white oak.
Below-Grade Installation?Laminate flooring can be installed below-grade.It is not recommended to install solid hardwood flooring below-grade
Moist Environment?Similar to the question above. Laminate behaves moderately well in moist areas such as bathrooms.Not recommended in moist areas.

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