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Whether you’re looking to capture the beauty of the Australian outback with spotted gum timber flooring or are looking for a more traditional oak finish, there’s nothing quite like the aesthetic of timber floors to take your home to the next level. When it comes to choosing new flooring, a lot of people aren’t sure whether to opt for hardwood or laminate. Do you opt for a wood-look finish or go for the real deal? Let’s take a look!

Hardwood is more visually appealing

Although laminate is designed to mimic the aesthetic of genuine hardwood, nothing beats the real deal. Hardwood has flaws and imperfections which give it real character and even the best quality laminate can’t compete with the warmth and character of hardwood. If you’re not convinced, go and take a closer look at both options – you’ll see the difference straight away.

Hardwood is longer wearing

When it comes to durability, hardwood can’t be beaten. When you choose good quality hardwood flooring and you maintain it correctly, it can last generations and becomes a part of your home. Genuine hardwood is also able to stand up to punishment that laminate simply can’t. Keep in mind that laminate flooring tends to last a maximum of 10 years.

Hardwood can be resurfaced

Over time, both laminate and hardwood floors will begin to show signs of wear. However, the beauty of hardwood floors is that you don’t need to replace it once scratches and surface damage become too noticeable. Instead, you can get your hardwood floors sanded back and refinished. This restores them to their original glory and you can continue to enjoy the look of your floors. Laminate can’t be refinished – once there’s too much damage, it needs to be replaced.

Hardwood increase resale value

Even if you’re not planning on moving any time soon, it’s good to consider the impact on resale when making big design decisions like your flooring. Hardwood floors are a huge selling point when it comes to putting your home on the market, as long as they’re well maintained.

Hardwood offers cost-effective options

Laminate has the edge over hardwood flooring when it comes to initial cost. However, the fact that hardwood lasts much (much!) longer makes it a good investment. Also, opting for genuine hardwood doesn’t mean that you need to use solid wood floorboards – engineered options have a hardwood veneer and are cheaper than solid hardwood.

At Kustom Timber, we provide premium engineered European oak flooring for a timeless and beautiful finished product. We’ll have the perfect product to suit your lifestyle and our team can carry out an expert installation. We have a range of colours and styles, including our Outback range which features blackbutt, brush box, grey ironbark, blue gum and spotted gum timber flooring.

Visit the Kustom Timber showrooms today to view our full range of engineered oak flooring.