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Laminate or Hardwood Flooring in Your Sharon MA Home for Sale

Laminate or Hardwood flooring in your Sharon MA home for sale

Homeowners in Sharon MA often ask about whether they should replace their floors with laminate or hardwood flooring as they prepare their homes for sale. Old carpeting or damaged floors detract from a home's value.

If you are thinking of upgrading your flooring as your prepare your Sharon MA home for sale, read Debbie Gartner's post to learn more about laminate and hardwood flooring. Debbie is the owner of Floor Coverings International in Westchester NY. An especially important piece of information is knowing that laminate flooring should not be installed in areas where your Sharon MA home gets moisture.

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what is laminate flooringLaminate flooring is imitation flooring made to look like real flooring – usually made to look like hardwood, and occasionally meant to look like tile flooring. Laminate floors have come a long way and many actually look quite real. Laminate flooring is made with recycled hardwood, so it’s a “greenish” product, and while it often looks real, it isn’t. On top, it has a digital picture of flooring, covered with a melamine wear layer which gives it scratch protection. Underneath, it has a high density core board to give it strength.  


Laminate flooring is a floating floor, meaning that is it not directly attached to the subfloor underneath. Rather, the pieces of laminate click together and lock into place. They are then secured to the floor at the edges with the base molding so that the laminate floor will stay in place. Underneath the laminate, you install a sound/moisture barrier underlayment both to muffle sound and to prevent the laminate from wearing down by rubbing in the flooring underneath.  

 

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Many customers mistakenly think that laminate is waterproof. Since it’s made with recycled hardwood, it is not waterproof. You can read more about that here: Is laminate flooring waterproof? If you are looking at an area that has a lot of water, moisture or gets humid, it’s best to avoid installing laminate here. Laminate can absorb moisture easily; it’s kind of like a sponge (think about how cardboard absorbs water), and once laminate get wet, it’s permanently ruined.   Laminate flooring is easy to clean, and it is great for customers with asthma or allergies. Cleaning and maintenance are the same as hardwood – just use a regular hardwood cleaner. 

Advantages of laminate flooring over hardwood floors:

  1. laminate floating floor brazilian cherryLaminate flooring generally costs less than hardwood – both the materials and the labor
  2. Laminate floors are more scratch resistant than hardwood, so many prefer this for high traffic areas, or if they are concerned about kids or pets scratching the floor.
  3. Because laminate flooring is a floating floor, it sometimes gives you more flexibility as to where you can install it. Laminate flooring can go on top of tile or concrete floors (if the floor is level), and laminate flooring can be installed below ground level (if there is no moisture issue).
  4. You can install a sound barrier (e.g. cork underlayment) underneath laminate, so it can allow you to install laminate flooring in some apartment buildings that may typically require carpet (note: the same can be done with floating hardwood floors).

Advantages of hardwood flooring over laminates:

  1. laminate flooring barrel oakHardwood flooring is a real product and most customers prefer this as it’s natural
  2. Hardwood flooring improves your home’s value
  3. Solid hardwood flooring will last longer than laminate flooring. Some engineered hardwoods will also last longer than laminate, but this depends on what type/brand you get.
  4. Solid hardwood flooring can be sanded and refinished. So, if you want to restore floors you can. If you want to change the color of the hardwood – either now or years from now, you can. If you have some areas that get water damage (or pet stains), you can usually weave in new hardwood to those sections and sand and refinish the floor and it will look good as new.

 

Other useful laminate articles:

If you live in Westchester County NY and you are interested in laminate flooring, give The Flooring Girl a call at 914-937-2950. (For out of state customers, please call 914-407-3899.) View Westchester Flooring in a larger map

What is laminate flooring? Laminate flooring for Westchester County NY

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The Flooring Girl logoDebbie Debbie Gartner - Westchester Hardwood FlooringGartner, Owner

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Floor Coverings International Westchester NY

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3 commentsNina Rogoff • January 21 2013 07:15AM

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Nice looking home, good luck with it. Hope you sell it soon.

Posted by Jeri & Henri Gutner, CRS,GRI (Keller Williams) almost 2 years ago

Good morning, Nina.  Thank you so much for reblogging this and your sweet intro.  I really appreciate that.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring (Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Stamford CT) almost 2 years ago

Debbie, you do such a great job at educating your customers about flooring! No wonder Floor Coverings International and The Flooring Girl are the number one flooring choice for consumers in Westchester County NY!

Posted by Nina Rogoff, Your Hometown Realtor in Sharon MA (RE/MAX Executive Realty - ) almost 2 years ago

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