05 Apr Hardwood or Laminated Floors | Reno Hardwood Flooring Experts
With a lot of flooring choices available, it can be difficult to choose what type of flooring will best fit your home. At Truckee Meadows Hardwood Flooring Company, we understand flooring. Our hardwood flooring experts can help you help you choose the right type for your home. So what flooring do you choose when looking at hardwood and laminate?
Hardwood Flooring Vs. Laminate
Hardwood is naturally beautiful, but it’s expensive. Engineered wood, made up of multiple plywood layers with a top layer of hardwood veneer, is quick to install. And synthetic laminate can mimic the look of many different wood species for a fraction of the price. When deciding which one to choose, consider not just the cost but also the return on your investment. Here’s some help with the decision.
Hardwood Flooring Cost
There’s nothing like a beautiful wood floor to bring a “wow” factor to your home. But those good looks come at a cost. Expect to pay per square foot than you would for carpet. But while the up-front cost may be higher, hardwood flooring can have a great resale value. A recent study of homebuyer preferences from the National Association of Realtors found that 54% of home buyers were willing to pay more for a home with hardwood flooring.
Hardwood Flooring Resale Factor
Wood is easy to clean and maintain, and unlike engineered products it can be sanded and refinished multiple times, which means it retains its value for the long haul. A majority of real estate agents surveyed by the National Wood Flooring Association said houses with hardwood flooring are easier to sell, sell for more money and sell faster.
Laminate Flooring Cost
There is not much difference in cost between solid hardwood flooring and engineered hardwood, but the same isn’t true of laminate flooring. Laminate is easy to clean, scratch-resistant, and can be installed in places where natural wood can’t go. And though it doesn’t last as long as hardwood, it costs 50% less on average to buy and install.
Laminate Flooring Wear and Tear
But there’s no getting around the fact that laminate, while it may do a great job imitating wood, has few of the qualities of the real thing. In high-traffic areas it can show wear and tear, and laminate can’t be sanded or refinished for an updated appearance. Because of its lower price point, laminate also won’t do much for your home’s resale value.
Opt For Hardwood Flooring
So which type of flooring is better for you? To get the most bang for your buck, stick with hardwood. Potential buyers will find it more desirable—and you get to enjoy its natural beauty for as long as you own your home.
Our Team of Flooring Experts Is Ready To Help
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about hardwood flooring or laminante or any of our installation services. For the best in hardwood floor, visit our showroom on Cheney St. or contact us today for a quote. We look forward to working with you!