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Laminate vs Hardwood
Laminate wood flooring looks and feels like hardwood, but there are important differences. How exactly is laminate different than hardwood? Let the experts at Hicks Carpet One help you out!
First, laminate is not made from wood, but rather resin, fiberboard, and other synthetic materials. The wear layer provides the surface with scratch and scruff resistance, and the core and base layers add extra strength, stability, and some water resistance. The decorative layer has a high-resolution image of real hardwood, and this is why laminate wood flooring looks like hardwood.
Laminate wood flooring can have the actual feel of hardwood as well. You can opt for random ticking that resembles an oak floor, enhanced wood grain that may or may not correspond to the wood image, or registered embossing for an authentic feel that matches the wood image.
Nonetheless, laminate needs to be maintained similarly to hardwood. The surface needs to be swept regularly, and it’s best to avoid moisture. But, because of laminate’s unique construction, it is certainly stronger, more durable, and even more affordable than hardwood. Plus, laminate’s installation process is easier than hardwood, since most laminate planks can be installed without nails or any adhesive!
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