Laminate Flooring Advantages that will Blow Your Mind!
The advantages of laminate flooring are mind blowing, but it is also important to consider the disadvantages so you can make an informed decision about choosing laminate flooring for your space.
Laminate Flooring Advantages:
Laminate flooring benefits your wallet better than any other flooring option on the market. It is less than half the price of hardwood and cheaper than carpet. It will also save you money in the long run because you won’t need to replace it for years. Unlike hardwood, marble or carpet, laminate flooring does not fade in the sunlight and is resistant to stains, impacts and scratches. This is due to the incredibly durable melamine plastic wear layer laminate flooring manufacturers use for the top surface of laminate floors.
When you combine this with the tough core-board beneath which can withstand up to 1,200 pounds of pressure per square inch, you will start to see how truly versatile this product is, and laminate flooring advantages don’t stop there because there’s more.
Installing laminate flooring is a piece of cake. This is a huge benefit to the avid DIY’er. There’s no need for any special glues because “laminate flooring is a snap”, with the tongue and groove click systems you literally snap it together. It also doesn’t matter what your subfloor is because laminate floors do not need to be glued or nailed down. It simply floats, meaning it can be laid on top of wood, plywood, concrete or even existing vinyl flooring. Most laminate floors can also be laid over radiant heated concrete slabs.
Furthermore, with the wide variety of high-resolution tree species patterns and laminate flooring textures to choose from that perfectly mimic real wood, you may find yourself asking the question: “why would I even consider paying double the price for a real hardwood floor?” The sheer abundance of choice that is not restricted by price is truly one of the strongest advantages of laminate flooring.
Once you’ve installed your laminate flooring, in a dining room, bedroom, office, restaurant, or bustling high street store, soon enough you’ll need to clean it. Well guess what? Cleaning laminate flooring is as easy as pie! You won’t need any wax or polish. It will just require a dust or vacuum, followed by a wipe over with a damp cloth or mop.
Laminate flooring benefits people with allergies because it’s quick to clean and doesn’t absorb dust like carpet. It is also a very sanitary product due to its airtight locking system and plastic exterior, creating a shield against moisture that wants to get in. It does not contract or expand like real hardwood does and if moisture does get in, or permanent damage is caused to the surface or core-board, laminate flooring is easily replaced.
So with all the advantages of laminate flooring above, I’ll bet you’re wondering what the disadvantages are? Well there aren’t many, but before you read them there’s one more surprise advantage you may not have expected – laminate flooring benefits the environment.
The HDF core of a laminate floor plank is made of either ecologically sustainable pine trees or post-industrial wood waste that would otherwise have been burned or dumped in a landfill. Laminate flooring, in a nutshell, gives you the look and feel of exotic hardwood without impacting upon exotic or endangered species.
Laminate Flooring Disadvantages:
Laminate Flooring can be noisy, particularly for neighbors in an apartment complex because vibrations through laminate floors can tend to carry through to the floor below.
Although it is very scratch resistant, heavy dogs with big claws could inflict damage into the wear resistance layer, so we advise that dog owners considering to buy laminate floors should either install the floors in rooms that are out of bounds to the dogs, clip the dogs’ claws regularly, or buy laminate floors with a high wear resistance level such as AC3 or AC4.
It is not recommended to install laminate flooring in a house that has high moisture. Neither is it a good idea to install in a bathroom where pools of water are common. If moisture gets into the HDF core-board it can swell or get infested with mildew and must be replaced.
Once damaged, laminate floor is not easily repaired. It can’t be re-buffed, sanded down, or polished like hardwood floor. Planks that get damaged generally must be totally replaced because once the wear resistance layer is scratched too deep then it will leave the HDF core open to moisture or dirt.
Some laminate flooring surfaces such as Piano Finish Laminate Flooring or High Glossy can be slippery and lead to injury.