Click-lock laminate flooring vs. solid hard wood flooring

Answered by Brett ~ February 16, 2012 ~ No Comments

Are click lock installed hardwood floors as durable as traditional hardwood flooring? Which product is better?

Jadon ~ Cleveland, OH

Brett Kulina

Jadon, as is the case with many flooring products, the specific brand and type of flooring you choose will indicate its overall durability. In general, properly installed hardwood floors and click-lock laminate floors are both very durable. In fact some laminate flooring manufacturers now offer click-lock flooring that is made with a real wood veneer, so the finished surface of the floor looks (and wears) just like traditional hardwood flooring. Depending on the thickness of the wood veneer, some brands of engineered click-lock flooring can even be sanded and refinished, which means that the lifetime of the engineered product can match that of traditional wood flooring.

When you are selecting a type of flooring for your home, you may want to consider factors other than just the product's durability. One of the major advantages of click-lock laminate flooring is that it is very straightforward to install. Often referred to as a "floating" floor system, this type of flooring does not need to be nailed or glued down to the sub-floor, but rather the floor boards lock together and sit in place on top of a foam underlayment. If you are covering a cement sub-floor, then click-lock flooring may be much simpler to install. On the other hand, traditional hardwood flooring needs to be glued or nailed to the sub-floor, which can increase the time needed for installation.

Another important factor to consider when selecting your new floors is the overall aesthetic that you want for your home's interior. Almost all engineered flooring products come factory finished, which requires each floor board to have a small micro bevel along its edges. This means that the seams between the floor boards are much more visible than those in a hardwood floor that is installed, sanded, and finished on site. Of course, factory finished hardwood flooring usually has the micro-bevel as well.

Perhaps you should visit a flooring showroom in the Cleveland area so that you can compare prices and the specific characteristics of the available brands of click-lock flooring and traditional hardwood flooring. Because there are so many options to choose from, you should have an overall budget for your flooring project, know the amount of material required, understand the specifics about installation (who and where), and have a general idea of the aesthetic that you want.....these specifics will make your shopping much easier!

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