In recent years, laminate flooring has become a go-to-option for those that want a beautiful, sustainable, and affordable flooring type. If you are unfamiliar, laminate flooring is a material that can mimic the look of other types of flooring with almost perfect precision. Sometimes it can be hard to tell if the material is laminate or the material it is based on, and that shows how good the quality of laminate can be.
Laminate, due to advances in technology, has continued to evolve into a premier flooring material. It is not the perfect flooring material, because there is no perfect material for every single home situation. As with every type of flooring that you may think about purchasing, there are some pros and cons of laminate flooring that you should be aware of before considering it for your home. Here is a list of those pros and cons as you are deciding which type of flooring you will go with.
One of the key benefits of laminate flooring is that it is very affordable. If you compare the price of laminate flooring to the price of real hardwood flooring, the difference is huge. You will be able to install laminate flooring in your entire home for a fraction of the price that real hardwood or stone would cost you. Because it is so cheap, you can also order replacement pieces in the event of damage to your floor. That is much harder and more expensive to do with hardwood floors or floors of other materials.
Easy to install
If you are someone who likes to work on do-it-yourself projects, laminate flooring should be the flooring type for you. Laminate flooring comes in planks that are specially made to snap together while you install them. To make the process even easier, you can install most laminate flooring over existing flooring types. This is because you have to put down a very thin foam layer that will protect your new flooring. Be sure to not leave spaces between each plank while installing your laminate because that could lead to unfortunate water damage.
Near the top of the pros and cons of laminate flooring list is how beautiful this flooring type can look inside your home. Each style of laminate flooring has a core layer that supports the plank, with an image layer on top. This image layer can be made to look like exotic wood, stone, and many more different styles. No matter what look you want for your home, you are likely to find it with the different styles of laminate flooring that are available.
Potential moisture damage
One unfortunate downside of beautiful laminate flooring is the fact that it is somewhat susceptible to water damage. It is important to consider where you are putting laminate flooring and make sure that it is not in areas with constant moisture present. A good rule of thumb would be to clean up water immediately after you see it on your laminate flooring. This will minimize the potential damage that water can cause to your laminate flooring.
Fortunately for those that are worried about water damage, we carry Mohawk waterproof laminate flooring. This laminate flooring is developed with new technology that allows it to last much longer when faced with constant moisture. Be sure to consider this type of laminate flooring as you are making your flooring decision.
Hard to repair
Because laminate flooring is not real wood, it is not able to be repaired like real wood is. Once your laminate planks are worn out, it is best to buy replacements rather than sand or buff them down. These practices could potentially cause more damage than necessary to your floors, so be sure to have replacement planks on hand for these unfortunate times. Many laminate floors also come with warranties that will protect your floors during their lifecycle.
As with most flooring types other than carpet and a few others, laminate flooring can be a bit cold-to-touch during certain parts of the year. This is not the biggest con out there, but it is still something to think about. We also recommend filling your rooms with rugs so that they do not become slippery, especially when they are wet.
Come get your laminate!
Laminate flooring is a good option for homes on a budget. It is very versatile and can add so much beauty to your home! We are big fans of the laminate brands that we carry, especially Mohawk waterproof laminate. Come visit us today and pick out your amazing new floor.