Laminate Flooring Comparison

Laminate Flooring Comparison

Buying the right floor for your home is not an easy task and reading though a laminate flooring comparison is essential. There are many options you may be interested in and before you make that final decision, it is important to know all about each of your options.

There are several options, and price is not the only aspect to consider. We understand that your decision about new flooring should be done with consideration of many factors like: color, style, durability, easiness of installation and maintenance as well as health factors and finally the price. We are determined to make sure you get the right floor for your situation.

That is why we have created this comparison guide- you can see the advantages and disadvantages of each type of the floor; from laminate flooring to carpet. We would like to help you to make an educated decision. Read our summary comparison of laminate flooring vs other floors.

 Laminate FlooringSolid WoodVinylCeramic Tile  Carpet
FadingWill not fade, UV resistantCan fade in direct sunlight, leaving outlines of rugs and furnitureYellows can fade in direct sunlightFading resistanceCan fade in direct sunlight
WearWill not wear throughCan show wear in high traffic areasLess expensive types wear easily, show extensive wear in high traffic areasWill not wear throughShows wear in high traffic areas
StainsWill not stain, chemical resistant- use acetone to remove hard to remove spotsStains easilyIs subjective to stainsGrout stains easilyStains very easily
Burn resistanceYesNoNoYesNo
Dent/Scratch ResistanceDent, scratch and chip resistantDents common with high heels and heavy furniture, can scratch easilyDents can be common with heavy furniture and appliancesDent, scratch resistant. Can chip and crackFlattening under furniture
MoistureMoisture resistant if cared properlyCan wrap from excessive moisture exposureMoisture resistantMoisture resistantSensitive to moisture. Moisture can be trapped underneath. Impractical to use in kitchen and bathroom.
CareEasy care, low maintenance, surface does not hold dirt and no polish or refinish is needed.Requires sporadic polishing, sanding and refinishing.Easy care, must be replaced oftenEasy. Hard to clean grout.Cleaning is not removing all the dust and allergens. Sporadic professional cleaning service.
Health factorAllergen freeAllergen freeChemical ingredients can trigger allergy reactions. Not recommended for people with allergiesAllergen freeTraps dirt and dust – not recommended for people with allergies
InstallationEasy, DIY  friendly and not special sub-floor preparation neededComplicated , in most cases is done by experienced hardwood installer. Very expensive.Self stick are DIY friendly. Sheet vinyl in most cases is installed by experienced floor installer.Professional installation. When installing over wood sub-floor, special preparation is needed. Very Expensive.Professional installation
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