Laminate flooring while it may be a fraction of the price of wood and can look good aesthetically has a few flaws. Laminate is made up of wood fibers not solid pieces of wood, therefore it acts more like cardboard when it gets wet. If our crew arrives at a site where a laminate floor has been affected by water, the first step would be to remove the floor, whereas if we were to walk into a home where hardwoods were affected we would attempt to dry it before considering removal. One in 55 homeowners will have a loss from water damage or freezing every year, so if you are thinking that will not happen to me know that you have a 1 in 55 chance every year of having some form of water damage.
Laminate is the flooring of choice by many DIY homeowners because of the ease of installation but, if you are looking for durability and long lasting flooring, hardwoods would be the smarter choice. Once laminate wears through you will have to replace the whole floor, whereas if you install hardwoods they can be refinished.
This photo is from a home that had a pipe break on the main level and made it’s way to a basement where there was laminate. As you can see the laminate swelled around the edges and that damage is irreversible. We had to remove the laminate whereas; the hardwoods on the main level were able to be dried.