Laminate flooring gives you the look and feel of exotic hardwood without impacting upon exotic or endangered species. Laminate flooring features among the best cost options than any other flooring on the market. Laminate flooring will save you money in the long run since it won’t need to be replaced it for years. It costs less than half the price of solid wood floors and cheaper than carpet.
Wear resistant and eco-friendly
Unlike wood, which can dent, laminate flooring is almost impervious to dents and scratches. Unlike other floors such as carpet, marble or solid wood, laminate flooring is fade resistant in sunlight. The laminate flooring gets the amazing durability from the incredibly resistant melamine plastic wear layer. This layer is used for the top surface of laminate floors that greatly improves its durability. The “wear layer” also protects the photographic layer underneath. Floor depot offers a very generous 10+ year warranty on the wear layer.
Withstanding up to 1,200 pounds of pressure per square inch, the tough core-board beneath makes laminate flooring a truly versatile product. The HDF core of a laminate floor plank is made of either ecologically sustainable pine trees or post-industrial wood waste. This is a huge advantage of laminate flooring as it is environment-friendly.
Since Laminate flooring installations do include underlayment, it gives the flooring a slightly springy feeling, making it easier to stand on for long periods, such as when standing at a stove or sink.
There is a wide variety of high-resolution tree species designs, patterns, and textures for laminate flooring to choose from, that looks like real wood. Often laminate flooring buyers have mentioned that they did not see the need to pay double the price for a real solid wood floor. The absolute bounty of design, pattern, and species makes laminate flooring a go to choice for interior designers and architects. The fact that the designs are not restricted by price is a strong advantage of laminate flooring for the price conscious buyer. Unlike real hardwood, which comes with many imperfect pieces that need to be discarded or re-engineered, there are no defects in laminate flooring. Every board is of consistent quality and appearance.
There is no need for any special glues because laminate flooring is a snap fit, with the tongue and groove click systems you literally snap fit it together. It also doesn’t matter what your subfloor is, as laminate flooring does not need to be glued or nailed down. It floats, implying it can be laid on top of wood, plywood, concrete, tile or vinyl flooring. Installation of the laminate floor is the one the quickest floor installations.
Cleaning and maintenance
Since the laminate flooring does not need any wax or polish to clean, it is a relatively simple process. It will just require a dust or vacuum, followed by a wipe over with a damp cloth or mop.
People with allergies benefit from laminate flooring since it is quick to clean and does not retain dust like carpet. It is also a very hygienic product due to its airtight locking system and plastic exterior, creating a shield against moisture. It does not expand or solid wood floors. In the event, moisture does get in, or permanent damage is caused to the surface or core-board, laminate flooring is easily replaced.