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COMPARE HARDWOOD AND LAMINATE

Learn more about the differences between hardwood and laminate flooring.

WHY HOMEOWNERS LOVE HARDWOOD

Hardwood brings a natural warmth and beauty to a room. It creates a strong, reassuring presence and reminds us of our connection to all the natural wonders outside our front door. Who doesn’t love a floor designed by nature?

Hardwood floors come in a wide variety of wood species, from dramatic exotics to traditional hardwoods, so it’s easy to find one to complement your décor or design style.

For enduring natural beauty in your home, hardwood is the obvious flooring choice.

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WHY HOMEOWNERS LOVE LAMINATE

Laminate has come a long way from the “plastic”-looking floors of the past, with their cheap, faux-wood designs and their second-class status.

Today’s laminate floors use sophisticated technology to capture the look of real woods and stones, as well as unique and unexpected materials like metal, concrete, and weathered wood. Along with stylish designs, laminate floors offer high durability and versatility, which means you can install laminate anywhere in your home.

For bold, innovative visuals and unbeatable durability, laminate is the obvious flooring choice.

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HARDWOOD AND LAMINATE COMPARISON CHART

Features Solid Hardwood Laminate
Floor Look & Feel Real 3/4" thick solid wood with unique color variations and grain patterns. Bruce premium floors have the Magnum Plus HDF™ Core, which gives your floor a more substantial feel and the optimum in sound absorption.
Selection Wide selection of species, colors, textures, gloss levels, widths, and lengths. Wide selection of hardwood, stone and ceramic looks, colors, textures, gloss levels, widths, and lengths.
Scratch, Stain & Fade Resistance Very good, varies depending on the species and finish. Excellent resistance to scratching, staining, and fading.
Floor Life Expectancy Lifetime Up to 50 years
Can Be Refinished Yes No, not needed. Highly resistant to wear, fading, and staining.
Can Be Repaired Yes. Planks can be replaced if necessary. Yes. Planks can be replaced if necessary.
Care & Maintenance Easy routine care: vacuum, sweep, and clean up spills Easy routine care: vacuum, sweep, and clean up spills
Installation Glue-down, nail-down Glue-down, floating
Level of Skill to Install Glue-down: fairly easy for skilled DIYer, but can be messy.
Nail-down: Best installed by a professional
Glue-down: Fairly easy for a skilled DIYer, but can be messy
Floating: Easy for a skilled DIYer
Location Solid hardwood can be installed on or above grade, except for areas with extreme moistures, such as bathrooms. Laminate resists moisture and shifting humidity levels, so it can be installed anywhere in the home. But extra precautions must be taken when installing in bathrooms.
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