Hardwood vs. Laminate Flooring

Lindsay ~ 22 March 2006

Hardwood vs. laminate flooring, which to choose? That’s the question for many homeowners looking to get rid of their old dirty carpets (you know, the allergy-prompting carpets that smell of mold, mildew, and three generations of pets). Personally, I don’t care much for laminate (it has a fake sound when you walk on it–just not the same as wood), but for many, it’s a question of price. I dug around on the Internet and found a handful of articles that discuss the differences, in case you’re trying to make up your mind. (I’ve deliberately picked articles that aren’t on a laminate or hardwood flooring manufacturer’s site–gotta watch for bias out there.):

  • Thoughts on Flooring Materials (a nice article that actually takes a look at carpeting, vinyl, stone, and ceramic, as well as hardwood and laminate)

  • Wood vs. Laminate: the Great Flooring Debate (short and sweet, this one also touches on what “engineered wood flooring” refers to).
  • Information sheets on hardwood floors and laminate from the World Floor Covering Associations (not a “versus” kind of article, and a little up beat–they like everything–but hey, it’s got pictures)
  • Laminate vs. Engineered Wood (A forum post, but there’s always someone knowledgable in the Garden Web forums, so this one–as usual–is worth a read)