What are the pros and cons of laminate flooring verses hardwood flooring? Have you ever heard of Pergo Floors? Although it is a name brand of laminate flooring, it looks just like hardwood. This 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.
It can be installed in a kitchen or bathroom or basement. If you do install engineered hardwood floors in any of these areas, I would recommend using glue between the slat boards to prevent spills from penetrating through.
Laminate floors are used when a floating floor is 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 require for you to install a pad underneath. This is important to prevent an echo from walking on it.