Hardwood VS. Laminate Flooring

By December 9, 2015 Info Articles No Comments

When people are picking out the right type of flooring for their house, they may be faced with a dilemma of choosing between the two most common type of flooring, which is hardwood and laminate flooring. Hardwood is durable, stylish and far more resistant to different weather conditions compared to laminate. There are plenty of similarities and differences between these two types of flooring, but these are quite difficult to understand if you are not an expert in interior design and renovation. That’s why we are going to simplify and lay down the key differences for you to make a wiser choice when picking hardwood flooring over laminate.

Why choose hardwood over laminate flooring?

Hardwood Floors Stouffville OntarioLaminate flooring is a type of synthetic flooring which is designed to be a replica of wood flooring. The basic substance that makes up laminate flooring is melamine resin along with some fibre material. On its topmost layer, there is a printed wooden texture to give it its final look.

Hardwood flooring on the other hand is made up of real wood and has several layers of plywood. It is often finished off with a stain on its topmost layer. Unlike laminate flooring, hardwood flooring retains its wooden look for years. If you are going for that look for your house and would like to choose laminate flooring, bear in mind that sometimes they may come at a higher cost to retain the quality for many years to come.


When we base the comparison solely on the appearance on both these types of flooring, hardwood flooring wins the round hands down. Laying down different layers of real plywood gives this type of flooring a very unique grainy appearance which laminate flooring lacks. Laminate flooring has a standard wooden print on its top layer which is repeated for every 5 to 10 tiles. This makes it look very artificial over the long run. It is indeed impossible to replicate the intricate texture of hardwood flooring.

Longevity & Durability

The durability of each type of flooring depends heavily on how much the floor is used and damaged. Laminate floors are held together by binding the Resins with substances like aluminum oxide under heavy pressure and high temperature settings. This makes them slightly harder than hardwood flooring. Hardwood flooring which is made up of natural wood is less resistant to heavy weight bearing which can cause dents on it. However, any damages on your laminate flooring are easily visible over the artificial wooden look. Small scratches and dents on your hardwood flooring blend in very easily with the natural woods and are easily hidden. This makes it more convenient for you as you do not need to spend for repairs too often!


Hardwood flooring which is made up of natural woods tends to react better to changes in the humidity and moisture in the air. It is more “breathable” than laminate flooring because of the natural pores in the wood. This makes hardwood flooring very suitable for climates where temperature and humidity varies from season to season.

Ease of Maintenance

Hardwood flooring is much easier to repair compared to laminate flooring. Laminate flooring is made up of layers of various substances compressed together under high pressures so tearing them apart into layers to repair them is impossible. Also, laminate flooring cannot be smoothened with sanding or refinished. This makes repairing and maintenance of laminate flooring really difficult. Whereas hardwood flooring can be repaired easily with refinishing or sanding if just its surface is damaged. This can be done as part of maintenance as well to give it a better finish and shine after a few years of installing it.

If you want to know how hardwood flooring in Newmarket can benefit your home, give us a call at 905-895-7001!