Laminate Flooring vs. Wood Flooring
The great debate Laminate vs. Wood flooring for your new home? Well I would start with today’s Laminate is not what you may be used to. Back in the day we only had Pergo the original and the one that invented Laminate Floors 35 years ago. It was a very poor solution and was not convincing as a wood floor. Three boards ended in the same spot on each board. No micro bevel meant if any water got in it would make the board swell and looked terrible.
Today’s Laminate has an incredible look and truly is a replacement for wood floors. Laminate is a floating floor so big gaps in the dry winter months are a thing of the past! And scratch resistant ability makes these floors look great for years. They truly are a solution to wood floors with little or no maintenance which is what we are looking for today.
Wood floors on the other hand have natural beauty but look the very best when the Home Builder leaves. Then every scratch shows up right now, unprotected dining chairs add to the mess with gouges. Then the first winter when interior moisture goes down to 25% then wood floor boards shrink and gaps in the floors appear. Within months of moving in you can see the floor going downhill.
Laminate floors are made of high strength high density fiberboard which is water resistant. On top of that is a design layer which is where a picture of real wood is adhered to the core to look real. The top layer of wear layer is where the entire superior scuff and scratch resistant cover is placed and make this floor so easy to live with.
Visit any Michael Lee model home and see today’s’ Laminate at work. The natural beauty fits into any décor. You will be amazed at its beauty and may ask “is this wood?” as many people do. The flooring of today is Laminate for a maintenance free lifestyle and better living. It truly is a product you can live with.
Wood floors on the other side are not being cut with the same old growth that we were accustomed to years ago. That doubled with the dry interior that we experience during Minnesota winters make it a bad choice for new homes. On top of that the finishes are no way as strong as the top layer of a typical Laminate floor today!