Selecting the right kind of flooring can be confusing, as there are so many choices available, each having its own pros and cons. In many cases, property owners solely rely on building contractors to choose the type of flooring material and the quality for them, with the most popular flooring installed in homes today being timber flooring and laminate flooring.
To make the best educated decision, property owners could benefit from a step-by-step comparison between timber and laminate flooring, to decide on what will not only look better in their home, but to determine which type will stay that way for years to come?
Comparison between Laminate and Timber Flooring
Visual appearance – it is probably the most important feature on the list. Most homeowners gravitate to the natural, rustic wood-look. However, laminate flooring can look just like timber, from a glance. Here are some things to consider between the two.
Timber: For obvious reasons, nothing can truly compare with the natural hardwood look and feel of ‘real’ timber. Its natural appearance is sought after for every kind of interior design. Basically, it’s beautiful and timeless.
Laminate: While some flooring, at first glance, may appear to be timber, it isn’t. Low quality laminates look obviously artificial, although, high-end laminate flooring can look like real timber, but it can never have the same texture or achieve the finish that original timber can have.
Durability – this is important because flooring repair and maintenance can be costly, especially as years go by, so careful consideration of the type of flooring now can spare property owners from regretting not choosing a hardier flooring material in the beginning.
Timber: Hardwood is naturally resistant to wear and tear. Although, untreated timber is susceptible to scratching, most floor professionals offer treated timber floors that can resist moisture and scratches better. Ultimately, if cared for properly, timber floors can last forever.
Laminate: It is prone to wear and tear, but it is easy to clean. However, unlike wood flooring, it cannot be repaired and resurfaced to look like new again. Because of that, it can’t be expect to last very long, especially if laminate flooring is in a high traffic area.
Price – this is always a concern, especially when one is under a tight budget. However, it is critical to consider costs in the long-run, such as taking into consideration the life span of the flooring and the estimated repair and maintenance costs. In this regard, laminate flooring is cheaper than timber flooring, but it will not last as long.