Laminate Flooring

What is laminate flooring?

Laminate flooring is a synthetic material that is made of four to five layers. Their layers include a base layer, a medium layer that has high-density fiberboard which is the thickest, a decorative layer and a top protective layer. A fifth layer may be added to boost the durability of the laminate flooring. Laminate flooring has evolved over the years to be among the top flooring options. There are many colors and designs that are currently available in the market. You need to know the advantages and disadvantages of laminate flooring so that you can make an informed decision.

Laminate floor pros and cons

Pros

They are easy to clean spills and dust. Laminate flooring has a protective layer that stays shiny and prevents staining. You only need to vacuum or sweep the floor for regular cleaning.

You can enjoy pocket-friendly prices for high-quality laminate flooring. You are guaranteed to get a practical look of hardwood or tile at an affordable price.

The installation process of laminate flooring is pretty easy. Modern laminate flooring only needs to be interlocked. This is a plus since you can save on installation if you make it a DIY project. The corners are tricky to interlock and you may need help.

The floors are made using eco-friendly practices. Laminate flooring is made using wood. The wood may be recycled planks or fresh wood. You can also remove your laminate floor and place it in your new house when you move.

Reputable manufacturers offer warranties for their laminate floors. The normal period is 1 year but you can find a lifetime warranty for premium quality. Make sure you ask about the warranty before you buy your new laminate floor.

The precise resemblance to hardwood or tile makes laminate floors attractive. The floors are printed using a precise 3D machine to achieve the close resemblance to traditional floors.

Cons

The water will keep into the floors and cause it to expand. You be careful when handling fluids if you have a laminate floor. You should also ensure that spills are wiped as soon as possible.

Laminate floors cannot be refurnished. This means that once your laminate floor is worn out at the top you have to replace it. Stains, dents, and scratches cannot be repaired. You can buy planks to replace the damaged areas.

If the installation is not done well then patterns will be repeated wrongly. Laminate flooring comes in several panels that have to be done in a certain order for the floor to look natural.

Laminate flooring will not increase the resale value of your home. You can look for alternative flooring options if you want to increase the value of the house.

Hiring laminate flooring pros

It is highly recommended to hire a professional floor installer to do the installation. You can check online ratings and reviews on Angie's List for floor installation pros near you. Get several quotations for your installation project and choose what suits your budget. It's best to contract a professional who is bonded and licensed to ensure that your project is completed.

You need to visit several stores and see the prices for their laminate floors. You can search online at websites of reputable companies. Doing an online search allows you to make inquiries and get a quotation for comparison purposes. Laminate floors look amazing. They are easy to maintain and install.

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