When deciding between laminate and hardwood flooring for your home, there are several things to consider before clicking “add to cart.” While you may be thinking beauty is all you need, remember that flooring is an investment that will last for a long, long time.
For example, does your lifestyle require a floor that’s waterproof? Or do you have pets and need a floor that’s scratch-resistant? Once you ask yourself these type of questions, you’ll realize finding the right floor isn’t as easy you might expect. That’s OK. After you follow our tips in this simple guide, you’ll feel more confident in choosing the floor that makes the most sense for your home.
The difficulty level of installing a new floor is something to keep in mind. If you’re not the DIY type, you’ll need to factor in costs for hiring a professional to install. It’s also worth mentioning that laminate and locking engineered hardwood flooring can be installed at all levels in a home, however, solid hardwood cannot. Be sure to keep that in mind when choosing.
Installing hardwood flooring can be challenging if you’ve never done it yourself. You’ll need special tools, time and patience to successfully install it. However, Pergo has designed locking engineered hardwood flooring with click lock joint planks, like laminate, that makes installation much easier than it once was. So if you’re confident in your DIY skills, then don’t let the installation difficulty level deter you from tackling your next project.
Today’s technology for many laminate floor manufactures, including Pergo, has made installing laminate flooring easier than ever. Thanks to locking planks that require no glue or nails, installation can be done over a weekend, even if it’s your first DIY project. Plus, you’ll save money by doing it yourself.
Cleaning and Maintaining
In general, hardwood and laminate flooring are both simple to clean and maintain. However, there are a few important differences to note.
Hardwood flooring can easily be cleaned with a dust mop or vacuum. But you won’t be able to use a wet mop for hard-to-remove stains, as it can permanently damage the hardwood. For spot cleaning, a simple household vinegar solution will do the trick. And if you are worried about scratches, some solid hardwood floors can be refinished to remove any imperfections. Just check the manufacturer’s warranty to make sure refinishing is covered before getting the sander out.
Laminate flooring can be forgiving when it comes to water. While it’s not usually recommended that you use a wet mop to clean laminate, you can on select laminates, like waterproof Pergo TimberCraft with +WetProtect and Pergo Outlast+ with SpillProtect. For other laminates, you can use a slightly damp mop with a cleaning solution sprayed lightly on it. Also, because most laminate flooring is resistant to scratches, you’ll never have to worry about sanding or refinishing it.
If you have kids, pets or both, then durability will play a huge factor in determining the right floor for your home.
While hardwood flooring is durable and looks stunning, it is, however, susceptible to scratching and dents just like any wood surface. Thankfully, not all floors are created equal, as Pergo’s hardwood flooring features a wear layer that offers up to 5x the durability of ordinary hardwood floors. So keep that in mind when weighing out your options.
Big dog, small dog. Messy child, tidy child. Laminate flooring can handle it since it’s engineered to be durable. In fact, most are scratch- and stain-resistant, while some are even waterproof, so it’s the perfect flooring for pets.
Hardwood and laminate each come in a variety of different styles, colors and textures. It’s only a matter of asking, “which one will complement my home the best?”
It doesn’t get any more real than hardwood flooring. You’ll notice every natural knot and grain, reminding you that you’re walking on a piece of nature at home. So if authenticity is your thing, then go with hardwood. To get an idea of how natural hardwood flooring looks, check out Pergo’s collection that includes Hickory, Maple, Oak and Walnut hardwood styles (each sold exclusively at Lowe’s).
Laminate flooring does an excellent job of capturing the look of real hardwood. Whether your style is rustic or contemporary, there’s basically a laminate style to match any look.
Now that you know the key differences between hardwood and laminate flooring, you should be ready to take the next step in your search for the perfect floor for your home. Just remember that it really comes down to what you want in a floor. And be sure to check out all available Pergo locking engineered hardwood (sold exclusively at Lowe’s) and laminate flooring.