Tuesday, August 16, 2016

What to Know When Considering Laminate Flooring

Previously I did a post about What Type of Flooring Should I Get?, I decided to further help my audience further with flooring that I think is very famous. So let’s get on with it.b Well laminate floors are becoming more and more popular these days. Chances are if you are doing a flooring remodel or an upgrade, it's also one of the materials that you’ve been looking into. Well, before you make any hard and fast decisions, there are a few things you should know about laminate flooring. While it does have a whole slew of benefits, there are also some disadvantages to this wonderful flooring too. If you know anything about purchases, you know that you need to do your homework before you buy, so without further ado, here are some things you should put into consideration before buying.


The Benefits Of Laminate Flooring

Laminate Is Durable


Flooring made with laminate actually is quite durable and strong, and it's also scratch resistant and what makes it so rough and tough is how it's made. This type of flooring is built by using a high-density fiber which is sandwiched between resin. The resin is a very hard material which makes it perfect for flooring. Make sure that you get the right laminate wood flooring class by taking a look at an AC Rating for each laminate wood flooring type. This way you will get the perfect strength of laminate installedbased on your specific needs in each room.

Laminate Is Easy To Install

Laminate usually has an interlocking design which makes it perfectly easy to install. You can even place these over a subfloor which can save a lot of time and a lot of money. This process is called a floating floor. This is nice because it won't need to be nailed down, screwed down, stapled down or even glued down. It just goes right over the existing flooring. It's so easy to install that if you have a small amount of knowledge about installing floors you should be able to do this job on your own. The subfloor would need to be made from; concrete, plywood or even a ceramic floor.

Cost Efficient

Out of all of the materials, you can choose, the laminate is by far and wide the most cost efficient and the cheapest. This is a surprising fact considering its the alternative to hardwood, but that’s exactly why its the “other” choice; because it's affordable.

Wide Array Of Options

If you think that there are only a handful of options to choose from, think again. Not only can you choose from how the flooring looks, but how it feels, how big the planks are in terms of length and width, the gloss on the wood, as well as the colors/stains/look. If you don’t want it to look like wood, for example, that’s fine. You can make this look like stone, tile, ceramic, marble, or just about any other type of material. Even leather.

Easy To Clean and Maintain

 As long as you don’t take a sopping wet mop to this floor or have standing water on it, it's essentially okay to use this in any room. It's easy to clean, easy to,maintain,and really all you need in terms of “tools” is a broom and a dustpan. It’s also scratch resistant, and stains are easy to clean up, as long as you clean them up fairly quickly.

Disadvantages Of Laminate Flooring

 Above we talked about the major benefits of having this type of flooring, but all flooring has its cons, right? Well, considering the amount of other options available (carpet, stone, tile) laminate actually only has one major fallback and that’s the simple fact that this needs to stay away from water or standing water. Now if you really want this in your kitchen, can you have it? Sure. But, you need to make sure that if you are doing the dishes and water goes on the floor, that its cleaned up immediately. You also need to make sure that other appliances like the fridge are maintained – if water consistently drops on this flooring and stays there for long periods of time, it will ruin the floor. 

This is not a material you should place on your deck, outside, or even in a mudroom. It's definitely not a material for your unfinished basement or your garage. The underlayment of this flooring is moisture resistant, which is why you can use a damp mop to go over it. However, it's not waterproof which is why the sopping wet mop or standing water is a major no-no. if you think that you can take care of the floor in your kitchen in terms of the laminate, by all means, go for it. If not, then maybe it's time to consider placing the laminate in other rooms and getting a different waterproof material for the kitchen such as stone, ceramic, porcelain or even vinyl. Vinyl has actually come a long way since it was first developed decades ago. Lots of pretty colors and designs to choose from.

17 comments:

  1. We are thinking about getting rid of all the carpet on our ground floor and doing something like this. I do think I'd rather do something other than this because of the water possibilities. We're just not sure yet, but I know the carpet has to go at some point.

    Thanks for giving me the pros and cons.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  2. We have laminate flooring in most of the rooms in our house. It looks great and easy to clean.

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  3. We put in laminate flooring in our bathroom. It did look great.

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  4. Today's laminate looks as good as the original, most of the time. I think the savings are worth it.

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  5. That is a very informative article for those looking to to redo their flooring. As for me I have to have a fully carpeted apartment----and klutz that I am--laminate would never work for me--I am forever spilling something or another!

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  6. Laminate is a good alternative for hardwood floors if you're on a budget. I think it looks great as well and it's definitely easy to install. Although, you're right, water can cause a lot of damage.

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  7. Hate putting it in, but looks nice when in.

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  8. I have laminate flooring in the bedroom. It was great until my airconditioning broke down and there was water on the walls which eventually found its way to the floor. Now part of my flooring is damaged and has to be replaced.

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  9. Thanks for the information you've provided. Laminate floors are so nice to look at but the care and maintenance might be something that would put me off. I'll have the hubby make the decision if and when we need new flooring materials.

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  10. We put laminate in our old house and I loved how inexpensive it was, but it sure did spruce up the area on a budget!

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  11. You really can't beat the price of laminate flooring!

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  12. I want laminate flooring too but I am still renting. In my future house, I will.

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  13. We did one room and it was an interesting project.... one of the biggest things for us is where to put the furniture for the room you do want to do!!! Our home is only 752sq ft so its tricky. I hope to have mine all done in a few years, right now its just not cost efficient for us.

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  14. Seems like an elegant and convenient choice. Love it than marble floors.

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  15. I want to put laminate flooring in my kitchen. It needs a new floor so bad. I really like these tips and it sounds like my husband and I could put this floor in ourselves. I am doing some remodeling in the kitchen next year!

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  16. I want this in our dining room.... maybe one day? :)

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  17. It's definitely more cost efficient, that's for sure! It looks nice, too!

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