You may have heard a lot of opinions about laminate flooring. Some are into it, others are against it. Maybe you have heard some say laminate flooring looks too manufactured and unnatural. But others who love it say their floor looks like it came from a home design magazine. One homeowner said, “I have had laminate in the kitchen since 2008 and it still looks like new.” While another one against it said she would not want laminate flooring in the kitchen because the laminate and water don’t mix.
So what really is the truth? We are presenting to you some facts about laminate flooring to help you decide if this is the right flooring for your home.
A high-quality laminate flooring cannot be beaten! If you are looking for flooring for the kitchen, and you want something that aesthetically looks better and more visually attractive than vinyl sheets, a laminate is the better (and more popular) choice.
The downside of this re-produced appearance is pattern repetition, which you will notice when you look at the flooring too closely. Each board is produced only in five to ten different patterns. If not done properly, you can end up with two boards of the same pattern installed next to each other.
The level of difficulty in installation is easy to moderate so you can DIY if you want. If you choose a professional installer, it costs cheaper per square foot than ceramic tile or natural stone. The process is fast and easy. Fast because you can install up to 300 square feet in one weekend. This is because today’s types of laminate flooring are a lot better – they have click/lock or fold/lock design that fits the planks together like puzzle pieces, unlike the older types wherein you need pieces to be glued next to each other. Easy because since the planks are created from soft particleboard, you can use a hand saw or utility knife to cut each piece.
But sometimes, the click/lock – fold/lock design does not often work well as how it was designed. The sides of the boards tend to be hard to be connected with adjoining sides. And if you force placing the boards, you may end up curling the top layer. This can put the floor’s ability to resist wetness at risk.
Maintenance and Cleaning
Laminates are resistant to dents and marks, unlike wood. It has a wear layer that protects the layer underneath. The top surface also resists stains. If they get stained, they are so easy to clean. All you need is a damp cloth. You can also clean it using vacuum or broom.
Only, if the laminates get too wet, you need to use special laminate floor cleaner. This is to avoid the water seeping in between boards. Also, if it gets too worn out or deeply scratched, it can never be refinished, unlike hardwood. It needs to be replaced.
Laminates feel bouncy, even if it has a harder surface layer. It makes standing for longer periods more bearable.
The disadvantage is it can get very slippery. Although, manufacturers have now started to create slip-resistant wear layers.
So why choose laminate flooring? Here’s a summary.
- It looks elegant
- It is softer and warmer on the foot
- Easy to maintain
- Natural look of a wood
- Scratch resistance
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