How To Select The Right Wood Flooring For Your Home — Gowdy Flooring

How To Select The Right Wood Floor For Your Home

Wood flooring is one of the most desired flooring options for residential homes. It is not hard to understand why people love it so much. With a natural aesthetic and pleasing feel underfoot, wood flooring offers a timeless look that is hard to rival. Homeowners who want that aesthetic without the steep initial cost often choose laminate flooring. It is important to keep in mind that both flooring options come with pros and cons. To help you determine if hardwood or laminate flooring fits your current lifestyle, home, and budget consider these factors: cost, construction, upkeep, potential return of investment and life expectancy.

Generally laminate flooring is considerably cheaper than hardwood flooring. Additionally, laminate wood installation costs are, on average, half of hardwood installation costs, which means that hardwood is more expensive to both purchase and install. The price of a given hardwood floor is largely dependent on the species of trees. The more exotic (and rare) the trees, the more expensive the flooring.


Hardwood flooring is made from harvested trees. Laminate wood flooring is made from composite wood or high density fiber (HDF) and melamine laminate backing pressed together at high temperatures. Then the composite wood is covered with an image or photograph of the wood of your choosing (i.e. bamboo, hardwood, knotted wood). This process makes the final product less expensive than hardwood flooring. Occasionally you will find companies that use real wood veneer. As hardwood is a natural product, it can fade over time. Most laminate flooring has built-in UV protection.

The quality of laminate floors can vary considerably. Some people do not feel that the aesthetic of laminate flooring is as appealing as hardwood and the textures may not always look real. But a good quality laminate flooring can be a beautiful, less expensive solution to your flooring need.

Between wear and tear and occasional accidents, it is inevitable that flooring does have to be repaired from time to time. In general, laminate is easier to clean on a regular basis. However it is not easy to repair. If you have laminate flooring that came as individual pieces that snapped together, you may be able to replace specific pieces. However, due to the age of the floor and the sunlight that it has received, it can be tough to match laminate pieces exactly. In comparison, it is easy to repair hardwood flooring by sanding and refinishing out imperfections, which means that it will last for many years to come.

The routine maintenance for both laminate and hardwood flooring is exactly the same. Vacuum your floor. If you are cleaning a floor that is excessively dirty, sweep first then vacuum. Use a non-residue hardwood and laminate cleaner with a microfiber cloth mopping system to finish up.

Life expectancy

How much wear and tear does the flooring in your home have over a typical year? Do you have a quiet home with two adults who are at work all day or a busy household with multiple pets and young children? You must be realistic about the wear and tear of your floor in order to calculate an accurate life expectancy estimate.

Due to its construction process, laminate flooring is more durable, which means that it is more resistant to scratches, and general wear and tear than hardwood flooring. Hardwood is highly susceptible to scratches. It can get damaged in excessive moisture conditions, and it shows wear easily, particularly in areas of the home that are heavily trafficked (i.e. entryways, hallways). However, with proper care, hardwood floors can last as long as 100 years, while you are lucky to get a couple good decades out of laminate flooring.

Potential return on investment

The bottom line is that nothing says high quality quite like hardwood. While many people are pleased with the lower price point and aesthetic of laminate, hardwood always wows potential homeowners. Depending on the type of hardwood flooring, it can add considerable value to a home.

Gowdy Flooring is the go to resource in Amarillo for wood, laminate, natural stone, and porcelain or ceramic tile flooring as well as carpeting. We are happy to assist you with your residential and commercial flooring needs in every way that we can. Check out our other pages to get more information about our full line of products and services. Send us a message by clicking on Contact Us or give us a call at (806) 353-6226. Or better yet, come by our showroom at 5205 S. Coulter St. Amarillo, TX.

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