Laminate flooring is much cheaper than hardwood or engineered flooring, but shares the same look at the more expensive options. It offers the same great look as hardwood at a fraction of the price. While vinyl and laminate flooring have a stigma of being cheaper materials, advancements in flooring manufacturing processes have made these flooring types affordable and of much higher quality than ever before. Most can’t even tell if they are looking at hardwood or vinyl or laminate floors.
Solid Wood Floors:
Solid wood flooring is 100% wood, and has a very natural look and feel. It can add value to your home, resists wear and tear, and can be sanded multiple times. It is susceptible to moisture and water damage, and can warp in humidity, or expand during a flood. If that happens, it’s very difficult to return to it’s original shape. The best hardwood floors for dogs are typically maple, Brazilian Walnut, or Bamboo.
Laminate Wood Floors:
Laminate wood flooring is artificial wood. It’s made of fiberboard with an image print layer, sealed with clear protective film. It’s UV-resistant and less expensive than solid hardwood but has a lower-quality feel. It also cannot be sanded down to refinish and has a lifespan of around 25 years. It’s popular for dining rooms and kitchens. It’s a cheaper option to more expensive flooring. Laminate floors tend to scratch more but are easy to clean and resistant to moisture.
Vinyl floors are made from PVC plastic, and are moisture resistant. They are best for bathrooms and kitchens. Durable and inexpensive, they can look like tile, wood, or stone. They are is made completely out of PVC plastic and is an excellent option for moisture-prone areas like bathrooms and kitchens. It is durable, comfortable and inexpensive. Vinyl plank flooring and vinyl floor tiles can also imitate stone, tile and wood. However, it is fairly easy to spot vinyl flooring as synthetic. Install luxury vinyl plank and sheet vinyl flooring in areas where moisture is a concern. The disadvantages of vinyl flooring are worth considering for homeowners. Vinyl flooring is difficult to repair if it tears or scratches because you cannot refinish it. And while it imitates more expensive products, it is still usually easy to spot vinyl flooring. This means it might not add to the value of a house, as most buyers would prefer to remove vinyl flooring and replace it with something of a higher quality. Low-quality vinyl flooring is also susceptible to fading and discoloration from sunlight.
Engineered wood floors:
Engineered Floors often has a plywood-core substrate and a genuine hardwood veneer as its uppermost layer. Engineered wood floors are more impervious to humidity than regular hardwood, meaning that it’s less likely to expand, warp and buckle, according to Consumer Reports. However, it can dent easily. The best engineered hardwood has a thicker veneer, as well as a quality that allows it to be sanded down and refinished to increase its lifespan. It can be as durable as solid hardwood, and it’s often an affordable choice for many homeowners.
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