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What is the Difference Between Laminate & Hardwood?


Laminate is essentially a photograph of wood applied to a High-Density Fiberboard (HDF.) It gets covered with a clear wear layer that is usually formulated with aluminum oxide.

Typically, laminate has a superior wear and scratch resistance compared to wood.

Shaw Basque Sage Laminate


The advantage for wood is it can be refinished down the road, giving it a longer life span; however, a good laminate can last well over 25 years.

Another pro for wood is that it is somewhat more water-resistant than laminate. If laminate is saturated with water and it penetrates the joints and/or gets under the floor, there is almost no saving it. Wood, however, can withstand and sometimes bounce back from certain amounts of water exposure that laminate otherwise would not be able to.

Shaw Sequoia Hickory Bearpaw Mixed Width Hardwood

Both Have a Place in Your Home

Both have their place in the flooring wood depending on your needs and desires!

If you have any questions about floor covering, you’re invited to call us anytime (888) 910-6585.  Our flooring consultants are all very knowledgeable about the business.  We have dedicated our business to educating consumers.

We’ll be happy to help you in every way!

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