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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.
I personally wouldn't advise people to choose laminate flooring. To me it has now become dated and there are more luxurious vinyls available such as Karndean, Amtico etc. These are not only more cost effective but also easier maintenance and do not run the risk of chipping. I am at present trying to convince a friend to not spend vast amounts on hardwood flooring but in fact use one of Karndeans new ranges as it looks fantastic. Just my point of view on laminates thats all. Nice blog by the way!!
I am trying to find instructions on installation of snap & lock style hardwood flooring. I am under the impression that it is similar to the "floating floor". I understand it is wood venner laminated on particle board but it is supposed to be easier to install than typical hardwood due to the snap & lock system, similar to tongue and groove. Could you advise?