Unlike laminate floors, hardwood can be refinished, stained and treated. If laminated floors are installed in high traffic areas and poorly cared for, their lifetime can be drastically cut short. Once a laminate floor is put in your home, it can’t be refinished. Some areas may be repaired, but the process is not always easy. Hardwood flooring is an overall better investment for your home.
Hardwood floors range widely in material cost. Size, manufacturer and type of wood used are price determining factors. Costs between $1.00 and $7.00 per square foot of material are not uncommon. The cost of a contractor’s installation may be between $2.00 and $5.00 depending on the process and needs of any sub-flooring issues. Long term solutions and budget factors are the key to making informative decisions regarding your home’s flooring needs.