Solid wood flooring is one of the most popular features in a home and a favourite among the interior designers. The stunning natural grain appearance makes a room look very tasteful and full of class. Among the known solid wood types used in Malaysia are Merbau, Burmese teak and Belian. Some people also still opt to use laminated flooring to get that similar look at a much cheaper price.
Have a look at the pros and cons below to determine which one suits your home and budget.
Laminate: Laminate wood flooring is made from composite wood pressed together at high temperatures. After that, a layer image of solid wood is then covered over the composite wood to form the laminate, making it cheaper. In average, the cost of installing laminate wood is 50% less than solid wood.
Solid wood: These planks are made entirely from harvested trees and the pricing depends on how exotic the tree is. Thus, the cost of solid wood can be much higher.
Laminate: Laminate wood is more durable and can withstand scratches and moisture better than solid wood. Laminate flooring is also easier to clean on a daily basis. Keep in mind that even though laminate is more durable, those of lower qualities may have fake looking grains that will put off any eye. The grains may be similar to different on each plank so when placed together they may not match, suggesting clearly to anyone that the floor is not made of real wood.
Solid wood: Solid wood is prone to any scratches, can get flawed from overwhelming moisture and will show depreciation especially in the most used areas in your home. On the other hand, solid wood is pleasing to the eye and depending on the type, it can add great value to your home.
Laminate: It is not that simple to repair laminate flooring. A renovation contractor will tell you that depending on sunlight exposure and age, the new piece may not properly match the rest. Therefore, the aesthetic could be disturbed.
Solid wood: Solid wood can be easily repaired by sanding and refinishing out the flaws. This in fact gives solid wood a plus one over laminate.
Now that you have a rough idea on solid wood and laminate flooring, you also need to count in some factors like lifestyle, young children and pets that could have a major effect to your decision in choosing the right wood flooring. Seek for advice on house renovation from a renovation contractor to find out what is best for your home.