Hardwood Flooring vs. Laminate

Hardwood-Flooring-vs.-LaminateAhhh…..wood floors!  They’re beautiful.  They feel good on your feet.  You can dance on them.  They’re easy to clean.  There are so many wonderful things about wood floors.  That’s why they are so darned popular in both homes and offices alike.

When installing a wood floor in your home or office, there is a growing debate about which flooring is better:  Hardwood or Laminate?

Hardwood floors can add real value to a home because it is a naturally beautiful, non-allergenic product.  Hardwood flooring can come as pre-finished or unfinished solid wood cut from a tree, or as pre-finished and some unfinished engineered wood that is glued and laminated together.  Some hardwood floors are now offered with a click-lock, glueless tongue-and-groove locking system that requires no messy glues or nails.  On the maintenance side, hardwood floors can scratch easily, are slightly more difficult to maintain, and can be bleached by too much sunlight.

Laminate floors require less care and are naturally durable.  Installation can be a snap!  Friedman’s offers Shaw Laminate products that use less newly harvested wood than conventional hardwoods. Inside, Shaw Laminates are made with 4 layers and have an exclusive OptiCore™ – an environmentally friendly laminate coreboard that’s strong, stable, and moisture resistant.  Because laminates are so durable, their warranties can last up to 5, 10, or 15 years.

Regardless of whether you choose hardwood or laminate flooring, you will have a gorgeous floor that will add value to your home or office.  For all your flooring supplies, advice and help, come visit us at Friedman’s online or at one of our Santa Rosa, Sonoma, or Ukiah stores, where you’ll get the lowest price and local advice.

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