Hardwood vs. Laminate Flooring – Which is Best?

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Most Albuquerque flooring companies that offer hardwood installation Albuquerque services also do laminate wood flooring.
Laminate floors are cheaper than genuine hardwood floors and in many cases look just as nice as genuine wood; even so, hardwood flooring has its own unique advantages. Following is an overview of both flooring options for one’s consideration.

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Hardwood Flooring
There are many types of hardwood to choose from, with some common options being pine, maple, redwood and bamboo. These floors come in different colors and the cost depends not only on the wood chosen but also on the size of the room in question.
While hardwood flooring can be pricey and difficult to install, it also lasts a lot longer than laminate flooring and as such adds considerable value to the home. While hardwood can be repaired by sanding it down and refinishing it, damaged laminate flooring must often be replaced in its entirety.

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A homeowner who has a limited budget to work with may feel that laminate flooring is his or her only option. However, this is not always the case. As was noted above, the cost of hardwood flooring depends on various factors. A homeowner who takes the time to shop around may be able to purchase genuine hardwood flooring at a good price.
Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring, like hardwood flooring, is available in multiple shades and styles. It is affordable and easy to install. What is more, laminate wood flooring is environmentally friendly.

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Laminate wood flooring can be used for the kitchen or bathroom as it is not susceptible to water damage. Additionally, this type of flooring is also very easy to clean. However, as was noted above, it is not very durable. A scratch or dent can entirely ruin the look of the room. Choosing the right type of flooring for any room of the home is very important, as flooring can be not only costly but difficult to replace on a regular basis. A homeowner who is considering either laminate or genuine hardwood flooring will want to consider costs, ease of installation and ease of maintenance before picking a flooring type. While no one type of flooring is inherently better than another, there are often factors that will make a particular type of flooring the best option for a particular homeowner.

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