Pros and Cons of Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring is a beautiful, cost-effective flooring option that has become increasingly popular in recent years. 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 flooring as a building 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 home.
Laminate flooring is very durable, more than hardwood, which makes it both pet-friendly and family-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. The word durable now seems like an understatement.
Laminate is Easier to Clean
Need another reason to love laminate flooring? Good because we have one—it’s 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, you’ll get many long years of beautiful laminate flooring!
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 and other natural materials (even stone) but without the hard and tedious work.
Not only do the technological advances help with the appearances, they’ve also helped create waterproof and resistant options, like our Aquaflor line. To find out more about Aquaflor, check out our other blog here.
Laminate is Cheaper Than Wood
That’s right! Laminate wood flooring can look and feel like the real material, but without the high 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 of course worth being safe and spending a few extra bucks to get it installed correctly by a professional.
Cons of Laminate Flooring
And just like any 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 Avalon Flooring, 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
Hardwood can be refinished many times to keep it looking fresh and new. Laminate flooring is the opposite. Unfortunately, since it has the fiberboard core and thin wood-look (or stone-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 American homes today—it’s durable, easy to clean and maintain, has authentic hardwood aesthetic, not super expensive and DIY-friendly.
Does this make you ready to add laminate to your home? Then make sure you stop by one of our locations to pick out the perfect laminate flooring for you!
At Avalon Flooring, we want to make sure you’re happy from your first step in our showroom to your first step on your new flooring—and as your partner in home design, we’ll be there every step along the way. Consider us your “One-Stop Shopping” destination for all things flooring…(and window treatments)!
Our design consultants are equipped with the knowledge to guide you through the wide selection of products we offer, and our expert installation team is professionally trained to make sure everything gets installed the way you envision. We know your home is an expression of your sense of style, and we’re here to make sure you’ll be proud of it for years to come.
If you have any questions, please email us.