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When Laminate Flooring Makes a Good Wood Floor Alternative

When Laminate Flooring Makes a Good Wood Floor Alternative

There’s something homey about the look of a hardwood floor. The colors, natural beauty, and rich texture make this flooring material one of the most popular – at least that was the case until recently.

Now, more homeowners are looking for a hardwood floor alternative. The cost, delicate nature of wood floors, and high maintenance all make this traditional flooring material a little bit more burdensome. If you’re on the hunt for new flooring, here are a few times when you might want to consider laminate flooring as a good wood floor alternative.


Hardwood floor is notorious for scratching easily. From scratches by the legs of furniture to scrapes from your pets claws running across the floors, hardwood does not hold up easily to this type of damage.

Laminate flooring is scratch resistant. Although scratches can still occur, it is harder to break through laminate’s protective layer and damage the look of the floor. If your home has pets or kids, laminate flooring makes a durable alternative to hardwood.

Traditional Hall by Roswell Photographers Barbara Brown Photography

Traditional Hall by Roswell Photographers Barbara Brown Photography


Who has time to maintain a floor? With hardwood floors, you have no choice but to spend money, time, and effort keeping the floor protected with oils and chemicals so that it does not get damaged or worn out too quickly.

Laminate flooring is different. Cleaning is easier because all that’s needed is a damp mop or cloth. Maintenance is easier because you do not need to regularly reapply chemicals to keep the look and shine of the floor. If you hate cleaning but love the look of a well-maintained wood floor, laminate is your best option.

Scandinavian Hall by Vancouver Interior Designers & Decorators Shift Interiors

Scandinavian Hall by Vancouver Interior Designers & Decorators Shift Interiors

Easy To install

Installation is a pain – especially with hardwood floors. There are so many moving components that make hardwood floor installation a little bit more difficult. Often, homeowners have to hire professionals to install this type of flooring. Laminate is more DIY friendly. The unique click and lock installation method makes it fast and easy to lay new flooring.

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Replacing Damaged Flooring

Similar to installation, laminate flooring is also easy to replace. Hardwood flooring might require that you replace your entire floors if they become damaged. Laminate flooring allows you to replace only one plank at a time.

To replace laminate, simply pull up each plank in the reverse way that you installed the flooring until you get to the damaged area. Then, swap out the damaged planks with new ones and reinstall the flooring you just pulled up. It’s fast, easy, and convenient.

Save Money

Wood flooring is perhaps some of the most expensive flooring available. It costs a lot to make and to maintain. It is also expensive to install.

If you’re looking for a way to save money on your next flooring project, laminate flooring is one of the best alternatives. It’s inexpensive to purchase and install, yet high quality enough to look great for years to come with minimal maintenance. It’s the ideal flooring for families with refined taste on a budget.

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Are you looking for a new type of flooring? Weigh the pros and cons of laminate vs. hardwood flooring and decide if this is the best alternative for your home. Need help deciding? Call us at 1-800-520-0961!

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About Kimberly Crossland

Kimberly Crossland is a guest writer for Bestlaminate's Blog and founder of the She has an unnatural obsession with the power of words, which is really cool because she can speak two languages: English and Danish. Her other job titles include wife and dog-walker.

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