Choosing Hardwood, Vinyl or Laminate Flooring

When choosing flooring for your home, you have plenty of options. Among these choices, hardwood, vinyl and laminate are three of the most popular materials. These different types of flooring each have distinct benefits that make them preferable for a variety of different needs. After learning more about the benefits of each with this review from Home Surplus, you’ll be ready to choose which is right for your home.

Durability

One important factor to consider when choosing flooring is how long it will last. On one hand, vinyl and laminate flooring is more resistant to scratches and shows less wear in high-traffic areas than hardwood. Hardwood can also fade in places that are continually exposed to sunlight, while vinyl and laminate flooring has a protective UV coating on the top layer. Yet hardwood is expected to last a lifetime, while laminate offers a more limited lifespan overall.

This means that you should assess how much wear-and-tear you think your floors will undergo. For example, animals’ paws can lead to scratches, so if you have pets, vinyl and laminate flooring may be the right choice. If damage due to pets, children and heavy traffic isn’t a concern in your home, hardwood offers a great option that should last for years to come.

Repairs

Throughout everyday life, accidents happen. When one of these accidents damages your floor, like spilling a staining liquid or dropping something heavy, you’ll need to get it fixed. How easy that repair will be is partially determined by which flooring option you choose. In general, hardwood can be refinished and sanded as much as you want, meaning you shouldn’t have to replace a plank. In contrast, vinyl and laminate flooring cannot be refinished or sanded. It’s also made up of pieces that snap together, making it hard for individual planks to be replaced. However, due to its resistance to a variety of damage, there is generally a minimal need for repair.

Cost

How much each type of flooring costs will probably play a large role in your decision. Since vinyl and laminate flooring is made up of a composite of fiber layers with the appearance of natural wood on top, it is less expensive than hardwood. The process of shaping hardwood panels from raw lumber takes more effort and labor, resulting in higher costs. The general rule to follow is that hardwood will run you twice as much as laminate, but that can vary depending on the type you choose. You’ll need to weigh the cost of the initial investment in your flooring against the eventual need for replacement to determine which is right for you.

While the price per square foot may not seem that different from one another, when you see how much space you need to fill, it can add up. For a small area, you may be comfortable choosing from the higher end of the range, but the larger the area, the more it adds up. When keeping costs in mind, please take into consideration the size of the room and the amount of traffic in the area.

Resale Value

The type of flooring in your home can have a great effect on its resale value. Because of its durability and natural beauty, hardwood flooring will have a more positive impact on your resale value than laminate, as long as it has been well maintained. However, high-quality vinyl and laminate have also been shown to have considerable resale value as well, and many flooring warranties are transferrable to new owners. It can also be very attractive to buyers who are concerned about damaging hardwood floors due to a number of lifestyle factors.

Find the Right Flooring for Your Home

Now that you are aware of the differences between hardwood and laminate flooring, you can make a better decision about which type will be the best fit for your home. No matter which you choose, Home Surplus offers hardwood, vinyl and laminate in a wide array of styles and colors to suit your needs. If you’re ready to upgrade the floors in your home, contact us today to learn more about all our available flooring products.