A brand new floor can completely transform the look of your home. Many Monmouth County homeowners absolutely love the look of hardwood floors. We love them too, but we know that many people debate whether or not the high initial price is worth it. Our experts at Floor Coverings International Monmouth County have broken down the pros and cons of hardwood and laminate, so you can determine which is right for your home.

Hardwoodhardwood floors monmouth


With a classic look, hardwood floors are a perfect fit for any home. A simple shift in design can give traditional hardwood floors a modern update. Hardwood floors can remain beautiful for decades. While some species are more susceptible to scratches, our experts at Floor Coverings International Monmouth County can help you pick a hardwood with a high Janka score. With a little bit of simple maintenance, your new hardwood floors will shine, scratch-free.


The primary drawback to hardwood floors is the relativity high initial cost. Purchasing hardwood floors will be more expensive than carpet or laminate. However, hardwood has an extremely high return on investment. It is more long lasting than most flooring materials and will increase the value of your home.

Laminatelaminate flooring monmouth


Laminate is the best affordable flooring alternative to hardwood. It is durable and water-resistant, meaning that it flourishes in moisture-prone areas of your home. If you want a wood-look flooring in your bathroom, laminate may be the way to go. Its durability also means that it is great for homes with pets. If the initial price of your new flooring is the largest factor in your decision, then laminate flooring is a great option.


While laminate flooring is an amazing affordable flooring option, it’s not as long lasting as hardwood. Unlike hardwood it cannot be re-finished or re-stained. As the wear and tear of everyday life effects the floor over time, there’s no way to repair it. Regularly cleaning and maintaining the floor will help it last longer, but there is no way to permanently extend the life of laminate.

Start in Monmouth County Today!

Do you know what flooring you want in your home or do you still need some help figuring out which pick is right for you? Either way, we’re here to help. Schedule a free, in-home design consultation with one of our expert Design Associates to find the perfect floor for your home. We’re proud to serve the greater Monmouth and Ocean County area.

Photo Credit: © Artazum, solepsizm