P.C. Hardwood Blog

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.

42 Responses to “Top 10 Reasons to Install Laminate Flooring in Your Home”

  • Adrienn Red says:

    Nice blog here! Because laminate can be installed as a “floating floor,” meaning it doesn’t have to be nailed, stapled, or glued to a subfloor. Keep sharing.

  • Just wanna tell that this is invaluable , Thanks for taking your time to write this.

  • Robert N. Watson says:

    I just want to know that normal hardwood flooring is change into a laminate hardwood flooring?

  • Cindy says:

    Your explanations and reasons for installing laminate floors have made my choice of what type of floor I need easy, this is a great find.

  • This list spells out all of the great benefits and features of laminate flooring. While solid wood flooring can be sanded down and refinished many more times than laminate, I often wonder why people choose any other type of flooring besides laminate. It’s easy to install, easy to maintain, and very affordable.

  • Wow nice blog! Laminate is easy toinstall and easy to maintain, and it’s designed to replicate the natural color, grain and texture of real hardwood.

  • This is a great informational article! I enjoyed reading this material. Thank you for putting a unique spin on this topic and giving me more factors to consider. I like your views and your style.

  • This is the reason solid wood is not recommended for high moisture or coastal areas. But in the same way is preferable for hilly areas as it stay warm when the floor gets very cold

  • Scott says:

    I had no idea that laminate flooring is UV resistant! I can see why this would be really nice for areas of the house that receives a lot of natural lighting and would change the other types of floor if it were there. My mom is wanting to remodel her kitchen next spring. I’ll have to talk to her about the benefits of this kind of floor.

  • Amy James says:

    Bona is the most recommended cleaning product by hardwood professionals. It’s perfect for hardwood flooring (any type – prefinished, site finished, solid, engineered), cork, bamboo and laminate.

  • I came across your post here and would like to add that when we are painting on a laminate floor, it is great to know that a drop here and there will come off easily. As careful as we may be, it happens. Thanks for the informative info on laminate flooring. Can pass this onto my customers also.

  • Carlos Cody says:

    Generally many people prefer to install the laminate flooring as it include many more benefits. Basically laminate flooring is less expensive. Compare to other material the installation process of laminate flooring is easy. Laminate flooring is easy to clean as this type of flooring is waterproof. Also laminate flooring are available in wide variety of colors and shapes and from that you can choose according to your needs and preferences. This type of flooring you can choose for all your rooms such as bedroom, bathroom etc. And by installing this type of flooring you can save money and time.

  • Perfectly explained about laminate flooring. I have been in this industry from 30 years and have satisfied my clients with all these key points which are about laminate flooring and its benefits.

  • Woody Linksu says:

    Incredible points. Sound arguments. Keep up the great work.

  • Great blog! Laminate Flooring is really easy to install than other floor types and also less expensive than traditional hardwood. I like your post.

  • I never knew that laminate could be installed over virtually any existing floor. Finding something that is this easily installed would help ensure that you can get it done fairly quickly. I’m renovating my home and looking to install new flooring, thanks to your advice, I know that laminate would make a good option.

  • This piece of blog contains minute details on laminate flooring, its advantages, affordability and maintenance. It is indeed a very convenient option for flooring.

  • wood website says:

    really interesting stuff! I have bad allergies and explain these benefits to people as well.

  • It’s good to know more about laminate flooring. We’re considering having it installed during our home remodel. I love the fact that it’s so durable and resistant to damage because we have three kids who are trouble makers.

  • Hazel Owens says:

    That’s interesting that laminate flooring can expand and contract with the house in pressure and temperature changes so it doesn’t snap or buckle against the subfloor. I’ve been wanting to install new flooring in our living room and really wanted a wooden look. I’ll have to look into laminate flooring since I wouldn’t have to worry about something happening to it if the pressure or the temperature changed and the floor would remain intact.

  • I have hardwood flooring which is laminated.. How much will be the cost for 1000 sq.ft?
    Hardwood flooring repair

  • Gerty Gift says:

    I liked what yous aid about it resisting UV fading. I have been in a few homes where the floor is just a faded mess. I would love to avoid that, but I didn’t realize that laminate could help with that. We’ll be sure to try this out and see how we like it. It seems promising.

  • Your website provided us with valuable information to work on. You have done an impressive job. Thank you for sharing with us.

  • Randy Weaver says:

    In my opinion, laminate flooring is my favorite option because it’s much cheaper to install. The best part is that laminate flooring can be made to look like hardwood flooring, which you simply can’t beat.

  • Ellie Davis says:

    I really like that you point out that laminate floor is resistant to stains. This would be such a nice feature for someone like me that has 2 toddlers that love spilling. I’ll have to do some research and find the best flooring contractor to come and install the flooring for me.

  • Joy Butler says:

    I have been looking for new floors for a while now. I think that laminate flooring would be really nice. I like how you mentioned that it’s easy to clean and install. I would love to have something like this in my home. I think it’s the change I need to feel satisfied.

  • Donna says:

    The idea of laminate flooring was born. There have been many technical challenges the first of which was how can you take a simple counter top laminate and create a flooring product, the flooring product will take far more abuse by being walked on and a wear layer was created.

  • Sarah says:

    Totally agree with your opinions. Thanks for sharing.

  • Alex Robert says:

    Do you prefer vinyl over laminate flooring? Which one is reliable and cost saving?

  • Billy says:

    Great points on why to install laminate! Love the way laminate floors look, looking forward to doing more research on it! Thanks for sharing.

  • Billy says:

    Thank you so much for sharing! Definitely a great list of reasons for why to install flooring. Laminate looks great – definitely going to use this as a reference for friends on the fence about installing!

  • John Brown says:

    I agree with points you have shared here. Laminate flooring is really great flooring idea with low budget. Because of its characteristics I have installed it in my kitchen and bathroom. The wood floor can’t be installed in wet areas. But I have installed hardwood flooring in the rest of the house. Because of its appearance and main reason is, hardwood floor can be renovate after years.

  • Hey! So glad I came across this blog post. I was very confused about installing laminate flooring in my room. I actually wanted to install a hardwood floor but it has its own cons like high price and vulnerability to moisture. So the second best option I found was laminate flooring. However, I was still not fully convinced. But after reading this post I think I should go for it.

  • I need to find flooring for my living room and kitchen that I can afford and I did not realize that laminate is such a great option! You make a great point that it is easy to install and very durable. The fact that it is durable gives me peace of mind that it will last over the years even with my three messy kids!

  • Thanks for sharing information on laminate flooring. I have already used laminate flooring for my home and so far I am satisfied since it covers all the advantages that have mentioned here. The most important thing as per me the cost and look and feel of laminate flooring. Cost is much less as compared to hardwood and it provides hardwood like looks. Overall it is good to use as a substitute for hardwood.

  • Huey Levy says:

    If someone’s budget is tight, then laminate flooring could be a great option for him. A laminate floor looks quite similar to hardwood floors. But it is cheaper than hardwood. Laminate floors are highly effortless to maintain. If you maintain your laminate floors properly, then they would add beauty and elegance to your dwelling place. Laminate floors are allergen-free and versatile in nature. Laminate floors are mainly for busy homes. In the beginning, your floors might seem less important. But your laminate floor would be something that can give you exceptional value down the road.

  • My house is new but we’re still trying to figure out what flooring to put in this week. Thanks for explaining that laminate flooring will resist dirt, mud, and UV fading. We’ll have to look into getting laminate flooring.

  • It’s awesome that laminate flooring is resistant to stains and spills. My brother has been telling me about how he wants to get a new home built in the next few years, and he needs to decide on a material to use for the floor. I’ll share this information with him so that he can look into his options for professionals who can help him get the right kind installed.

  • Ron Booker says:

    I’m glad you mention that laminated floors are perfect for those who suffer from allergies because it is resistant to mold and bacteria. My brother wants to remove the carpet in his kid’s room because it is causing him allergies. I will strongly recommend him getting the floors laminated to help his son”s condition.

  • Vivian Black says:

    You made a great point about how laminate offers the look of hardwood but at a fraction of the cost. My husband and I are having a new home built and we want to get solid hardwood floors in most of it. We will keep these tips in mind as we search for a professional that we can get it from.

  • Ron Booker says:

    I love that the article mentions that laminated floors are essential for those who suffer from allergies. My brother wants to replace his carpet because it is casing his son’s allergies. I will strongly recommend him getting laminated floors installed to reduce the reactions his son has.

  • I had no idea that laminate flooring can offer a similar look to hardwood flooring at a fraction of the cost. My parents are remodeling their kitchen and are trying to decide whether they should remove and replace their tile floor as well. I think they should find a good laminate style they like that would complement the aesthetic they want for the kitchen.

Leave a Reply