Know the Pros & Cons Before Make Any Decision
So you have decided to shake things up a bit at home, the office or business? When it comes to décor and picking out a new laminate floor is in the running as one of the ways you can revamp your interior décor. Now all you have to decide is if laminate flooring will be right for you. Here are the pros and cons of laminate flooring that will help you make the right choice.
Pros of Laminating
- Easy to install. In comparison to other floor designs, laminate is so easier and faster to install. Why? Because the laminate floor boards are curved in such a way that they interlock. This makes them easy to assemble and fix. Plus you can ‘float’ most laminate flooring over pre-existing floor types saving on installation costs. While other floor types need to be nailed, glued or stapled to the floor, over two thirds of laminate come in a glueless click model saving on installation cost and time.
- Laminate flooring is relatively cheaper than most flooring alternatives and yet it still delivers highly durable and efficacious flooring options. On any price range you are guaranteed to get a laminate flooring option.
- It’s durable. Laminate is made up of sturdy, scratch-resistant and durable material. The surface is veiled by resin coating and strong external layer making it suitable to high traffic areas or residential where there are young kids or pets.
- Variety of quality. Laminate can be tailored to meet your exact needs. If you are in a high traffic scenario such as is the case in government buildings or offices you can opt for thicker laminate flooring that has a bigger AC rating. Alternatively, if you just want to revamp your bedroom or living room which doesn’t experience as much traffic as the office, you can focus on getting the laminate you want without worrying about its thickness.
- Easy to maintain. Laminate is stain and moisture resistant making cleaning it fairly easy. Plus the material doesn’t trap dust or any other allergens. Again, the underlayment helps trap moisture and prevent mold from sprouting.
Cons of Laminating
- Does not apply to everything. As much as laminate flooring is versatile, it is not feasible with every situation. For instance laminates don’t go well with areas with tones of moisture like bathrooms, laundry rooms or outdoors. While they are moisture resistant, laminates are not water proof and once moisture seeps underneath the surface and along the edges, the swelling of the flooring can ruin the entire floor.
- Wood like but not actual wood. While they might look like hardwood, laminated floors don’t feel or sound like it. Unlike hardwoods which are attached directly to the sub floor, there is usually a small gap between sub floor and laminate hence the difference in sound and feel. While you can minimize this effect by buying a thicker underlayment, laminate will still not resonate completely with hardwood floors.
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