Kernersville laminate hardwood floorToday, we’re taking a closer look at the difference between hardwood and laminate flooring by comparing two of our projects from the past year. The first project is a laminate flooring installation for a family in Kernersville, NC, and the second project is a hardwood flooring installation we did at a beautiful home in High Point, NC.

At Floor Coverings International Triad, we get many questions about the difference between hardwood flooring and it’s popular counterpart, laminate. These two materials might look almost identical, but the truth is that each comes with a completely different set of advantages. Check out our project photos below to see real, local examples of how these materials compare—and don’t forget to schedule your free in-home consultation if you’re interested in learning more about starting a project of your own!

“River Vista Hickory” Laminate in Kernersville

Kernersville laminate hardwood floor

Believe it or not, the images you see here are not solid hardwood, but high-tech laminate flooring that perfectly replicates the look and feel of natural hickory flooring. Laminate is composed of multiple layers, with a high-density fiberboard core, a waterproof bottom layer, and a high-wear surface. Laminate is stronger and more climate stable than just about any solid hardwood plank flooring, and it’s quick to install. And while laminate isn’t totally waterproof (check out luxury vinyl if moisture resistance is your top priority), it does offer better protection against moisture than regular hardwood.

Kernersville laminate hardwood floor

Choose laminate if you have pets with sharp claws, kids who like to play on the floor, or if you just want to live on a super low-maintenance surface. The real selling point of laminate is its wear-layer: an invisible protective surface, which is usually made of melamine, aluminum oxide, or some combination of the two. Combine that with a gorgeous image design layer (aka the “Décor Layer”), an extremely accurate image of wood, stone, tile, or some other natural material printed on paper, and you’ve got a floor that perfectly combines form and function

Solid Oak Hardwood in High Point

Kernersville laminate hardwood floor

Still, no matter how much you love the toughness of laminate, there’s nothing quite like solid hardwood. When your planks are sanded and stained on site (a process known as “on-site finishing”), you’ll have a floor with unmatched beauty, warmth, and aesthetic appeal. Plus, most species of oak are extremely durable—more than strong enough to stand up to years of wear. And if your floors ever do get scratched, scraped, or worn down, you can always refinish them—up to seven times, in fact—instead of replacing the whole floor.

Kernersville laminate hardwood floor

Get In Touch With Us To Learn More!

The easiest way to browse products, learn about your options, and get your questions answered in person is to schedule a free in-home consultation with the Floor Coverings International Triad mobile showroom! One of our team members will come to your home anywhere in the greater Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point area to provide you with the simplest, most enjoyable home-improvement experience you’ve ever had. Contact us today!

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