Well let’s first know what is Laminate Flooring??? It is also known by the name floating wood tile in the United States. It is basically a flooring technique where multi-layer synthetic flooring products are fused together with a lamination process. Laminate flooring is a very economical way of improving the looks of your floor. These materials will act as graceful substitutes for wood, stone and other natural materials used for flooring. A lot of people are opting for laminate flooring since it has minimum impact on budgets. With increasing demands, manufacturers are coming up with gorgeous colors and wide plank options.
Any flooring technique you choose, regardless of cost, has its own advantages and disadvantages. Laminate flooring is no exception. Thus you must know about the pros and cons of laminate flooring.
Advantages of Laminate Flooring
- Laminate floors faithfully provide the realistic looks of wood, stones or even tiles.
- This type of flooring has lower material and installation costs as compared to others. It is very easy to install and you can easily install 300 square feet within a weekend’s time. Since these are floating floors, they can be installed over nearly any surface without a lot of preparation. Besides, with the new ‘click-clock’ design, installations have become a child’s play.
- Laminate flooring is very durable. Unlike other materials used for flooring, this method is almost impervious to dents and scratches. Thus at times, some manufacturers even give you a 10+ year warranty on this material.
- Laminate floors are good for moist places like bathrooms and kitchens.
Shortcomings of Laminate Flooring
- In terms of aesthetics and natural beauty, these materials lag behind. At the end of the day laminates are not real wood. Thus for all intents and purposes laminate flooring is not wood.
- If these materials are not carefully installed then footsteps on the floor will create a hollow sound.
- Probably the biggest disadvantage of laminate flooring is that these materials cannot be refinished. If laminate flooring is heavily worn, deep scratched, or grooved, it cannot be sanded or refinished like solid hardwood. The only option is to replace it.
- It has a lower resale value as compared to hardwood flooring. A laminate floor does not have the same value as the natural product that is substitutes.
Looking at the pros and cons one can say that for the price, durability and ease with which it is installed, laminate makes for a great addition to any home. But ultimately the choice of flooring depends on a lot of factors – place of flooring, purpose behind flooring, time and of course your budget.