February 24, 2006, Newsletter Issue #5: Hardwood Floors vs. Laminate Floors

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The selection you make when choosing the flooring for your home is one that should be based on your personal preference along with the value that the new floors will add to your home. If you are looking for a wood look for your floors, you can choose between hardwood floors and laminate surfaces. Hardwood floors are exactly as they sound. Planks of hardwood that are arranged to create a singular surface. You can make any patter you like with hardwood floors, but the more intricate the pattern, the more costly the project. Hardwood floors will last a long time, however, they are quite expensive and should you need any repair, are expensive to fix as well. Laminate floors are also just as they sound. Thin strips of wood are laminated to particle board backings in order to create a hardwood floors look without the harder installation and higher costs. Laminate floors will last long if cared for well, and are far easier to repair if a piece should become damaged. Lastly, the costs between hardwood floors and laminate floors are hardly comparable. If you are on a budget and want the great look of hardwood floors without the cost, go with a good looking laminate and most people will never know the difference.

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