Laminate Flooring Pros and Cons
Laminate flooring has always been one of those in-between flooring options. If handled properly, it can be a real bang for your buck. However, if improperly handled, you could be a regrettable purchase. Please allow us to explain further…here are a number of laminate flooring pros and cons:
The installation of laminate flooring is simple enough to where you could probably complete it on your own. Each plank fits together with the others like a puzzle. Rather than nailing them down or gluing them together, laminate planks are put together through a click/lock method. Plus, it is a floating floor. Moreover, laminate flooring does not have to be attached to a substrate and each plank can therefore be easily replaced if damaged.
Laminate flooring can imitate any type of hardwood, stone or tile. Thus, the options are practically unlimited with laminate. You will not get the same benefits and functions of legitimate hardwood, stone or tile; however, modern technology makes laminate flooring appear nearly identical to the legitimate floor types in which it is impersonating.
Laminate flooring will generally cost around $4.50 – $5.00 per square foot. That is considerably cheaper than other popular flooring types, such as hardwood, natural stone and ceramic tile. Thus, some of laminate’s lesser qualities can justifiably be triumphed by its reasonable price.
Easy to clean
Laminate surfaces are multi-layered. One of those layers is a wear layer. The wear layer offers support and protection to the surface. It prevents scratches and the sudden appearance of seams. As a result, the surface maintains its flatness. Ultimately, all that is needed to keep a laminate floor clean is a broom and a vacuum.
Let’s get one thing straight:
Laminate flooring is not hardwood flooring, so don’t expect it to carry the same natural look. With that said, laminate does do a pretty good job of imitating hardwood. One of its layers is a high-resolution image of an actual type of hardwood. Manufacturing has become so detailed and innovative that the high-resolution image used as part of a laminate floor is very tough to differentiate from actual hardwood.
Just like any floor, laminate flooring will wear over time. Its multi-layered composition protects it as best as possible, but eventually natural wear and tear will interfere. The issue with laminate is it cannot be resurfaced or refinished like hardwood. So, once it goes it goes. The good news is it can be easily replaced and most manufacturers will provide at least a 10-year warranty.
Of the laminate flooring pros and cons, this one speaks the most volume. Moisture can doom a laminate floor. That is, if exposed to moisture for a considerable period of time. It is highly recommended to avoid laminate flooring in a laundry room or a bathroom. Any leak within these rooms will ruin any type of wood floor. The kitchen, however, can house a laminate floor. The homeowner would need to be very active in keeping moisture off of it, but moisture does not come about as often or with as much volume in a kitchen. The goal is to prevent moisture from reaching the core of laminate floor. If it reaches the core then you will be on your way to a new floor very soon.
Lower return on investment
Because laminate is not real wood or stone or tile, it will not add much, if any value to your Dallas, TX home. The floor type’s shorter lifespan and interchangeability also prevents an increase in value. So, if you are looking for reliable, cost-friendly floor for a home that you just moved into, laminate flooring is perhaps your best choice. If you need a new floor and feel you may be moving homes over the next few years, you may want to consider a long-lasting, elegant floor type that can get you a generous return on investment.
Flooring Source of Texas
Flooring Source of Texas is your supplier and installer for numerous types of flooring, including laminate. If you have questions, our experts will talk you through laminate flooring pros and cons to ensure you have a great understanding of the floor type before you purchase it. Contact us today at (972) 778-6855 to get your brand-new floor. Also, please visit our blog for additional helpful Dallas, TX home remodeling input.