Laminate Flooring vs. Hardwood Flooring
You’ve probably heard of the term Pergo Floors. It’s a single name brand in laminate flooring and it looks just like hardwood. Laminate flooring is a durable floor that can take a beating. If you have children or pets, laminated flooring gives your home the rich look of hardwood but greatly limits the “worry factor” about scrapes from toys, shoes and pet claws scratching or denting the surface. It is not real wood, at least not in the way that hardwood and engineered woods are. It’s comprised of a thin top layer of resin-infused paper, all on top of a wood-chip composite. The resin-infused paper is an actual photograph of wood. You can examine it with a magnifying glass and still be fooled.
Laminate floors are generally used when a floating floor is desired or required. They won’t warp or fade from sunlight. Compared to hardwood and engineered hardwood, laminate is the least costly in terms of purchasing and installation. The downside to laminate is it can chip. The chips can be hard to fix. They can never be sanded. Laminate floors also require installation of a pad underneath. This is important to prevent echoes while walking on it.