It’s a question we often receive. What’s the difference between hardwood and laminate flooring?

If it's something you've considered as well, then we want to take this time to tell you more about it. There are some essential differences, and once you know what they are, you'll be ready to decide which is best for your home.

Laminate flooring is a little different

Laminate is often considered a type of engineered wood flooring, but there are some differences between these two that are important to understand. The most significant difference is that engineered flooring has a piece of natural hardwood flooring on top that can be stained, finished, and refinished.

Engineered flooring is also thicker than laminate for an experience that is more closely related to solid hardwood flooring. It even requires acclimation before installation, just like solid woods.

Solid hardwood flooring also has the most extended lifespan, which can easily exceed 100 years or more with proper maintenance. Engineered flooring can offer an average 30-year lifespan, while laminate's lifespan comes in at an average of 15 to 20 years.

If it’s longevity and increased home value you're looking for in a floor covering; solid wood is always a great choice. Laminate, however, is perfect for affordable yet stunning visuals and durability you can customize to meet your specific requirements.

Find your hardwood flooring today

L & P Carpet is a family-owned flooring store with an outstanding inventory of materials that are sure to meet your flooring needs. Our associates are trained, knowledgeable, and dedicated to putting your needs first for a great flooring result.

If you are a resident of Anna, Marion, Carbondale, or Benton, IL, we invite you to visit our showroom in Anna, IL, at your convenience. We’ll make sure you find the best hardwood or laminate flooring that caters to all your preferences and requirements.