It’s a well-known fact that hardwoods have a high perceived value to most homebuyers, but if you look at families building custom homes you may be surprised to find that they’re choosing laminates. There are many reasons why hardwoods are a more valuable product and even more reasons why laminates are actually more practical. Read on to find out which is best for your household.
All in all there is no doubt of the stigma attached to laminate flooring as being lesser quality, but if you look at the pros and cons closely you’ll see the livability and cost benefits far outweigh any quality concerns. You’d be smart to take some time to think about whether laminates could work in your household.
- Laminates are a manufactured material, making them extremely durable. If you have pets or small children, this is the way to go.
- They resist stains very well.
- You won’t have a problem finding a laminate that you like due to the wide array of designs and colors they’re available in.
- Economically, laminates are much more affordable than natural hardwood floors.
- Laminates tend to be easier to install yourself.
- Laminate flooring isn’t going to add as much perceived value to your home as natural hardwoods will.
- If you do damage, wear, or scratch your laminates, they cannot be sanded and refinished for a fresh appearance.
Now, it’s very obvious why natural hardwood flooring is the more desirable choice. Buyers generally perceive homes with them to be of higher value, but let’s explore exactly why.
- Higher resale value due to buyer perception that hardwood is more valuable.
- They are softer to walk on than laminates.
- Because they retain heat, they make for a better insulated home.
- If your natural hardwood floors have been damaged, stained, scratched, or are worn or aging, they can be easily sanded and refinished for a brand new look.
- They are a natural material so are softer than laminates and more susceptible to scratches, stains, and wear.
- This is the more expensive option of the two by a long shot. Be prepared to spend $8-$14 per square foot on materials and an additional $4-$8 per square foot on installation.
- Natural hardwoods are vulnerable to moisture and humidity and will expand and contract with changes in the weather so an in home humidifier is necessary.
Alternate flooring options
Maybe a hardwood or laminate flooring option just isn’t for you. That’s okay because there are numerous alternatives for you to choose from that will give you the same amount of livability. Some of these options may seem unusual, but you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t consider them just because they’re different. Housing trends and buyer preferences are ever changing, and being an early adopter to a new trend could pay off. Here are a few really interesting alternative flooring options for you to consider.
This alternative flooring material can be bought in sheets or tiles and is soft underfoot. It works great for bathrooms, garage floors, entry ways, kitchens, and exercise rooms. You’ll have a wide variety of colors and patterns to choose from and it doesn’t fade or wear easily.
This is a very green option, meaning it’s more eco-friendly than other options. You have endless choices for how you want to achieve a desired look including: stains, dyes, colored hardeners, and paint. For a more modern or industrial design aesthetic it’s a great option that’s extremely durable and long lasting.
This extremely pet-friendly flooring rivals a natural hardwood option. It’s best for virtually any room aside from bathrooms. The subfloor underneath must be perfectly smooth to avoid visible imperfections in the uniform look of bamboo so professional installation is vital.