I recently bought a new home in Tulsa, OK, and one of the reasons why I bought it was because it was a bit of a fixer-upper. While the fireplaces, room sizes, and storage were perfect, the home definitely needed some updates including the floors. This is why we chose hardwood floors for our new home.
Making the Choice
Before investing in wood floors, I looked into the differences between wood and laminate. In doing so, I found that both have pros and cons that range from how they look to price. I also discovered that both flooring options have changed a lot over the years.
The Pros of Laminate Flooring
The laminate floors of yesterday were only available in a few color and style choices. The material has always been an affordable choice, but in the past, you could tell whether a floor was wood or laminate as soon as you came into contact with it. Today, it’s not as easy to tell the difference. The things that will tip you off are the glossy texture of laminate’s top layer and too much wood grain regularity.
In the category of cost, I found that laminate floors are less expensive than wood. I came across low-end options that I could have installed for around $550. High-end choices were as much as $7,000, but the average cost of a quality laminate floor is right around $3,000.
The Downside to Laminate
A major bummer with laminate floors is that if water is left standing on the surface, then that part of the floor will likely be damaged beyond repair. Unlike wood, you can’t sand or refinish a laminate floor. Instead, all or at least part of the floor must be completely replaced. If one didn’t plan ahead for this possibility by purchasing an additional box or two of their chosen laminate flooring, then they may not be able to match it later on, resulting in the need to replace the entire floor.
The Pros of Hardwood Floors
I went with real wood floors because in the end, they are just timeless. Wood has distinctive knots, unique organic grains and a natural texture that a laminate floor will never be able to copy because of how it’s manufactured. With wood flooring, I gained the ability to stain it in different colors and finishes. I can also add more wax if I want it to look shinier.
Hardwoods are easy to keep clean. I do have to use specially formulated cleaners when I want to mop them, but I can keep them clean most of the time with light vacuuming and sweeping. Also, I really like the fact that if they start looking dull and scratched, then I can just refinish them. I can even change the look of my floors by staining them a different shade, which gives me plenty of affordable style flexibility.
Installing my hardwood floors was easy since they came prefinished. I found out that my floors can last for at least 20 years if I take good care of them. There are even some floors out there that have lasted for more that 100 years, so my floors may still be in place for the next person who owns this home.
The Drawback of Wood
For me, cost was the biggest downside to installing wood flooring. In the course of my research, I found that stronger woods cost more. Also, exotic wood definitely comes with a higher price tag than domestic. Finishing, treating and waxing wood floors increases the cost as well. The average cost of putting in a hardware floor in a 1,000 square-foot home is about $8,000.
In the End
While I was tempted by the cost, options and durability of laminate, it just couldn’t take the place of wood’s natural look and feel. I intend for the wood floors in my Tulsa home to last for years. Not only are they sure to stand up style-wise, but they will also hold up against everyday wear and tear.
Brücke Flooring knows it’s not easy to trust your home to a group of strangers. We appreciate that trust and work hard to keep it intact. At Brücke Flooring in Tulsa, Oklahoma, we give every job the “White Glove Treatment”.