Top 10 Reasons to Install Laminate Flooring in Your Home
If you’ve been considering redoing floors in your home, chances are laminate flooring has come up in your research at least once. Hardwood and laminate floors offer homeowners a similar look, but each has its perks and pitfalls. If you’re leaning toward laminate floors, perhaps these benefits will sway your decision. Here are our top ten reasons for installing laminate floors in your home.
10) It’s more conveniently sized than hardwood.
Hardwood planks often come in lengths of eight or 10 feet, sometimes even longer. While this can offer a smooth, streamlined look, it’s also difficult to transport, carry and install planks of wood that size. Laminate, on the other hand, is generally sold in convenient four-foot strips. They may also be offered in tile-form, depending on the style you’re purchasing and the vendor you are buying from.
9) Laminate offers the look of hardwood without the high cost.
If you’re in love with the look of hardwood floors but are finding that the project might be too costly, laminate offers you a similar look to hardwood, but at a fraction of the cost.
8) Many styles are available, including simulated wood and more.
If color and style choice are a big concern, you’ll be happy to know that laminate is available in a variety of different colors. It can be produced to look like many different types of wood, and is sometimes available in styles that mimic the appearance of ceramic and natural stone flooring.
7) It’s easy to clean.
Have kids or pets? The wear layer of laminate flooring is not only resistant to staining and spills, but it’s also very easy to clean. It’s designed to be easily swept and mopped, and unlike hardwood, is resistant to water damage.
6) It’s easy to install.
Laminate flooring can be installed over virtually any existing floor (except carpeting, of course). As long as a moisture barrier is in place, it can be installed at any grade, and after an underlayment has been rolled out, the planks simply snap together. An entire room can be finished in a day or two—the perfect weekend project.
5) It’s very durable.
Laminate flooring is resistant to stains and smudges due to dirt and mud, and also resists UV fading—a particularly important aspect for flooring in homes that get great natural light.
4) It’s resistant to damage from expansion and contraction.
Where hardwood floors are adhered to the subfloor, laminates are simply locked to one another. This means that in the event of changes in pressure and temperature in the home, laminate flooring material can expand and contract without buckling and snapping against the subfloor. Hardwood floors, when installed, have to allow extra room for expanding and contracting.
3) It’s good for people who have allergies.
Laminate floors are naturally resistant to the growth of mold and bacteria, and because they are easily cleaned, they can be dusted regularly without issue.
2) It’s versatile and can be used in any room.
Hardwood is not recommended for bathrooms, due to the risk of water damage, but laminate can often be used in these rooms without issue. It can withstand the environment’s humid nature as well as water splashes, and because it’s stain resistant, you won’t have to worry if you drop a bottle of nail polish on it, for instance. However, it should be noted that though laminate can resist water damage, it’s still not a good idea to leave puddles of water on it for any length of time, as the water can seep into seams and cause damage.
1) It’s a perfect do-it-yourself project.
If one of your concerns is having to hire contractors, you’ll be happy to know that laminate flooring can be installed yourself—it’s designed to lock together easily, making it ideal for homeowners who enjoy the challenge of a DIY project.
Still not sure if laminate flooring is right for your home? Contact P.C. Hardwood Floors today—we’re happy to answer any of your questions about hardwood and laminate flooring.