Wood Worries: Should I Replace Hardwood with Laminate?

Did you know that hardwood flooring can boost your home’s selling price by almost 2.5%? Money aside, wood floors could make a homebuyer choose your home over a similar house. Even if you’re not planning to sell your home any time soon, your flooring affects much of your daily life. It impacts your home’s design, its warmth, and even how easy it is to clean. While hardwood is often considered the ideal flooring, it’s not always the right choice. In fact, there are some situations when it makes sense to replace hardwood with laminate.

Read on to learn what other questions to ask yourself before you choose between hardwood and laminate.


Is the Hardwood Floor Damaged?

If your hardwood floors have water damage, splintering, or large gaps, you should replace it with new flooring. These are structural issues that can get worse with time.

If you’re just tired of their appearance, you can get them professionally refinished in a different shade. This is much cheaper and less disruptive than a total replacement. Plus, you’ll still keep the resale value of having hardwood floors.

Is the Flooring In a Room Where Water Damage Is Possible?

If you do need to replace your flooring, consider the water exposure of the room you’re putting it in. Bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms are all places where water damage is possible.

In that case, laminate would be a better choice. While it’s not an ideal choice for wet places like bathrooms, it can stand up to water better than hardwood. Plus, if there ever is water damage, laminate is much cheaper to replace.


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Do You Have a Limited Budget?

Hardwood flooring often costs 2 to 3 times as much as laminate flooring. If you’re working with a limited budget, laminate flooring is the more affordable option.

If you’re looking for more durability, you can find better-quality laminate at a higher price point. But, it will still be cheaper than the cost to replace hardwood flooring.

Are You Planning to Install It Yourself? 

When you’re comparing hardwood vs laminate flooring, they come with very different installation needs.

Installing hardwood requires skill, knowledge, and the right equipment. If you try to do it yourself, you’ll need to rent a floor stapler and you risk the expense of damaging the wood flooring.

Laminate flooring is a common DIY project. You’ll need to put down foam underlayment, but you won’t have to worry about nails or glue. The planks simply click together.

Do You Have Pets?

If you have dogs, laminate may be a better flooring choice than hardwood. Laminate flooring has a durable finish that can stand up to heavy traffic and spills, like the ones you might get from pets or small children.

Pet nails often scratch or dent hardwood flooring, but lighter wood floors do a better job of masking scratches than dark wood.

Will You Replace Hardwood with Laminate Flooring?

Deciding to replace hardwood with laminate can be a tough decision. On one hand, you can’t beat the beauty and longevity of hardwood. But, laminate is often much more affordable, DIY friendly, and can stand up to wear and tear.

No matter which decision you make, you’ll get to enjoy the signature look of wood flooring.

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