Laminate Flooring Versus Carpet: Part One

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Most landlords have to undergo the painstaking process of renovating or upgrading their property at one point or another. Unfortunately, it’s often after something unpleasant has happened, such as a flood or fire, or even damage from tenants.

Once the aftermath of the damage has been assessed, carpets are often one of the most frightening sights, and that’s usually because they’re covered in all types of mess.  So, then the question emerges, carpet or laminate flooring, and which is the most practical choice for rental properties?

Laminate flooring has become the epitome of modern style for many residents. You could safely say that they are very high in demand, which should not come as a surprise. They are cost-effective, require relatively little maintenance, and can make an ordinary room standout in  style. To play devil’s advocate, some would say a carpet looks cleaner, feels much more homely and is so much kinder to bear feet.

What’s the difference between laminate and hardwood?

It’s important to distinguish the difference between hardwood flooring and laminate flooring. For some reason, many people do not understand the difference, and in fact, many think that they are the same thing. It cannot be stressed enough that even if it looks the same, they are different in many ways, most notably when it comes to the price. (

  • Hardwood Flooring - Solid hardwood floors are made of planks milled from a single piece of timber. Unlike laminate, they are panels of real wood that are used for flooring. They range anywhere in price from reasonable to quite expensive.
  • Laminate Flooring - Laminate flooring is made to look and feel like traditional hard wood flooring, but don’t be fooled; it is actually a thin layer of decor paper placed under a super durable protective film. The paper that makes up the top layer is actually a photographic image of a certain type of wood. This picture is then glued and pressed to a high-density backing board. It is almost always cheaper than hardwood flooring.

For the  landlord who is providing a tenancy in a low-to-mid range property, the question should be laminate versus carpet. Hardwood flooring should not be spared on anything short of top-tier properties, and remember that hardwood flooring is an 

Finally, before putting yourself through the debate on spending money on new carpets or laminate flooring, it might be worth checking underneath the existing material, as there could already be quality flooring  sitting there untouched.

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