Laminate vs hardwood flooring

Laminate Flooring vs. Hardwood Flooring in Stuart, FL

Here are some key differences between hardwood and laminate flooring

Perhaps the most crucial decision to be made when installing new flooring is determining the right material. The kind of flooring you choose will determine its cost, durability, aesthetics, maintenance, and more, so you'll want to do some research first before settling.

One of the first things you may ask yourself is what's the best option between laminate and hardwood? Here are some things you should know to help you weigh the pros and cons of these extremely popular floor styles.


Hardwood flooring can be made from several different types of wood with the most popular species being oak and maple. In addition to different types of woods, there are also enough finishes that wood floors can range from lightly colored unfinished wood to rich, dark brown or red coloring.

The look of hardwood is so popular that most laminate floors are manufactured to resemble real wood, and the resemblance can be uncanny. Usually, the top layer of laminate is a photographic pattern of wood or stone, but laminate floors are actually composed of several layers that protect the floors from moisture while providing stability. 


The durability of hardwood will depend on several factors including its hardness and whether it's finished. Leaving your floor unfinished will save you money in the short-term, but finished hardwood is more durable and resistant to moisture.

While all hardwood is prone to water damage, laminate is not, and is therefore a more likely option for bathrooms and kitchens. There's also very little maintenance required for laminate, whereas hardwood needs to be periodically refinished and waxed to maintain its appeal and long life. Ultimately, however, well maintained hardwood will last decades while laminate usually needs to be replaced after 15 or 20 years. 


It should come as no surprise that hardwood is the more expensive option. It’s worth noting, however, that because hardwood is more durable, it’s likely more cost-effective over the long run than laminate. Also, there’s a lot of variation between the costs of the different types of hardwood, with harder species generally being more expensive than their softer counterparts.

Whether you’re installing hardwood floors or laminate, you’ll want the highest quality materials possible. To learn more about your flooring options, call the professionals at Flooring USA in Stuart, FL at (772) 463-6400.

←back to the main blog page