Many companies – including those who claim to produce high-end reclaimed wood flooring – have decided to re-direct some of their efforts into manufacturing what is marketed as high end laminate flooring. Goodwin will never venture into this market for several reasons. While we prefer to stick with sustainable, durable, high-quality antique wood flooring, we are often asked the differences between wood and laminate. This letter from a homeowner converting from laminate to real wood was published by Hardwood Floors. It does an excellent job of explaining the differences from someone who knows first-hand:
Laminate cannot replace true wood, and there is no wood that is richer, more beautiful and of as high of quality as River-Recovered® or reclaimed heart pine and sinker cypress. Compare a sample of our wood against any other finished wood in the world and you will clearly see why Goodwin is the industry gold standard.