Today there are many flooring options and increasingly thanks to advances in the industry. Two of the most sought after options are the solid wood and laminates. The latter are an excellent alternative to solid wood, much cheaper and similar in appearance. However, it is by no means the same product, there are important differences between laminate flooring and parquet or solid flooring.
Some of these differences are:
That is the main difference. The solid wood floor, as its name suggests, is a piece of wood, which can be machined or treated, but which is ultimately solid wood.
Laminate floors are an industrial product whose main raw material is wood, although it is not the only one. In addition, the wood used is basically a fiberboard. Among the other materials we find photographic paper or decorative foil, melamine or resins.
In the case of solid wood, the resistance varies widely depending on the species chosen. There are woods such as ipe or teak that offer great resistance to knocks, humidity, etc. And others much less resistant.
Laminate floors are very resistant, as long as they are not of poor quality. They have resistance to shocks, scratches and moderately humidity. They are not susceptible to attack by fungi or insects.
Solid wood gives elegance to any room. Nature offers a wide variety of colors, tones and textures. Even choosing the same species, we know that no two pieces of solid wood are the same.
Laminate floors can be found imitating the appearance of a wide variety of woods, however, the differences between the boards will always be limited and many will be repeated.
A growing trend is changing the natural color of the wood in the floors. The goal is to achieve gray or white floors, among other colors. In the case of wood, the use of finishing is necessary. For laminates, manufacturers only needed to change the design of the paper.
While laminate floors require little or no maintenance, solid wood does.
Laminates can be cleaned simply with a mop. Wood requires special products and be very careful in case of spillage of liquid to avoid stains.
One of the great virtues of solid wood in relation to laminates is that it can last for decades and even centuries if the care is correct. The average life of a laminate floor is 20 years, although it is not difficult to find manufacturers that already offer a 30 year warranty.
Although it depends on the quality of the wood and the laminate floor in question, the normal thing is that the solid wood floor is significantly more expensive. In addition, the longer the extension, the greater the difference due to installation. This is much easier for laminate floors.