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Choosing Hardwoods or Laminates

Hardwood FlooringYou’re ready to update your home, and have decided that wood is the flooring option for you. But how do you choose between hardwoods and laminates? When making your flooring decisions, it’s important to know the differences among the products available so that you’ll be happy with your decision for years to come.

The major difference between hardwood floors and laminates is simple: one is wood, and one is not. Laminates are composed of multiple layers of press board. The top layer is actually a photographic image of wood that has a protective finish on it. Laminates are less expensive than wood floors because they are not truly wood floors. In addition, unlike wood, laminate floors cannot be refinished, and will need to be replaced when they begin to show wear.

Both wood and laminates are beautiful products that are easy to maintain, but in the long run, only real wood floors will add beauty and value to your home for years to come.

The National Wood Flooring Association is a non-profit trade organization of nearly 3,700 wood flooring professionals working worldwide to educate consumers, architects, designers, and builders in the uses and benefits of wood flooring. The NWFA can be contacted at 111 Chesterfield Industrial Blvd., Chesterfield, MO 63005, or at 800-422-4556 (USA) or 800-848-8824 (Canada).

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