Laminate flooring is a beautiful, cost-effective flooring option that has become increasingly popular in recent years, especially given the availability of water-resistant and waterproof collections. If you?re considering installing laminate floors?in your home, it?s important to learn more about this type of floor in order to make an informed decision. Read on for our tips on the pros and cons of laminate flooring to see if it is the right choice for your space.
Pros of Laminate Flooring
When it comes to the benefits of laminate?as a flooring material, just about everything you?ve read or heard about laminate is true. In fact, it?d be hard to find a flooring material with a larger upside than laminate. Here?s a list of the benefits you?ll enjoy if you install laminate floors in your South Florida home.
Laminate flooring is very durable, more so than hardwood, which makes it both pet-friendly and kid-friendly and a great option for high-traffic areas. To add to this advantage, it can also withstand exposure to sunlight for a long period of time and not fade.
Laminate is Easy to Clean
Need another reason to love laminate flooring? Good because we have one; it?s very easy to clean. There are no special instructions or materials needed for maintenance. Dust and spills can easily be eliminated with a vacuum, broom or even a slightly damp mop. Isn?t that so easy? With this simple maintenance, your laminate flooring will last for years.
In the past, it was easy to tell that laminate was artificial wood. But today, with technological advances, it?s now difficult to tell the difference between laminate and hardwood. This makes it a great option for anyone who wants the look (and even feel) of hardwood without the increased cost and maintenance requirements.
Laminate is Less Expensive Than Wood
That?s right! Laminate wood flooring can look and feel like the real material, but without the higher price. This makes it perfect for the budget-conscious homeowner. We could all go for an option that?ll save us some money, right?
Laminate Floors are Easy to Install
Another advantage of laminate flooring is that it?s pretty much the easiest flooring to install for the typical DIYer. A lot of that is due to the fact that laminate forms a floating floor, meaning it doesn?t have to be nailed, stapled or glued to a subfloor. The other reason laminate is so easy to install has to do with how the planks attach together. While laminate can be great for a DIY project, it?s also worth being safe and spending a few extra bucks to get it installed correctly by a professional.
Cons of Laminate Flooring
Like any flooring material, there are also some disadvantages. But don?t worry, there aren?t many.
Potential Moisture Damage to Your Laminate Floor
At its core, laminate flooring is made from a composite material called high density fiberboard (HDF), which can be more susceptible to water damage than natural wood. Once HDF is exposed directly to standing water, it breaks down and expands. One that happens, a standard laminate floor would be compromised and will have to be replaced. Traditionally, that fact has limited the areas where laminate can be installed, ruling out places like bathrooms where regular exposure to water is commonplace.
In response to this issue, manufacturers have developed water-resistant and fully waterproof laminate options. Water-resistant laminate is a great option for spaces where some moisture is present and spills might occur, like in the kitchen. Waterproof laminate designs, on the other hand, hold up well in heavy moisture areas like the bathroom. At Quantum Floors, we carry a wide selection of both water-resistant and waterproof laminate flooring options to fit the needs of your space.
Laminate Flooring Can?t Be Refinished
While hardwood floors can be refinished, laminate flooring is the opposite. Since it has the fiberboard core and thin wood-look layer on top, you don?t have the option of refinishing it. Because once that thin layer gets worn out, the whole floor will have to be replaced.
Now you can see why laminate flooring continues to grow in popularity throughout South Florida homes today?it?s durable, easy to clean and maintain, has an authentic hardwood aesthetic, is budget-friendly and DIY-friendly.
Does this make you ready to add laminate to your home? Then make sure you stop by one of our showrooms to pick out the perfect laminate flooring for you! At Quantum Floors we don't just cover floors, we cover details. From concept to installation, you've got our ear and we've got your back.