Laminate Flooring can look as pretty as hardwood flooring. It is very similar in many ways to engineered wood as both are made up of tongue-and-groove planks that easily snap together. Laminate planks come in various widths, colors and wood-grain patterns so it is easy for a designer to work with.
One big plus point of laminate over hardwood is that it is highly resistant to stains and scratches. It also does not fade like real wood does. Manufacturers of laminate planks design more durable products due to the market needs. Laminate flooring can take a lot of wear and tear as it is specially designed to be strong. You can install it in high foot traffic areas with complete confidence. The manufacturers also offer guarantees and you can easily find 30-year warranties on laminate products. The most popular type of laminate floor is the one made up of wood grain. You can also find those that look like ceramic tiles. These are an ideal choice for the bathroom and the kitchen remodel. Homeowners that remodel their homes prefer to use laminate for three main reasons: cost, durability, and aesthetics.
There are scores of companies that make laminate flooring and it is easy to find affordable products for your remodel. Choose from a .80 cent per square foot product to a $6 per square foot to suit your budget. Your remodeling contractor can guide you about the choice of materials and this way you will not land up buying something that will need replacement in a year or so. Hardwood and marble are very costly materials and for the living room, the flooring has to be visually appealing so the guests can feel welcome.
Laminate has better resistance to weather and has a scratch resistance surface which makes it longer lasting as compared to carpets or hardwood floors. Sometimes dog toenails can damage the surface of hardwood and with laminate there will be no such problems. Your dogs can stay indoors when the weather is bad. Kids can also play around without damaging the floor. When carts and wagons are dragged on the hardwood floors it can get scratched. If the kids have a play room, laminate will be the better flooring choice for it.
Easy to Install
To install a laminate floor you only have to put the tongue and groves together and the entire installation will take not more than a few hours. With hardwood, it can take a few days as the floor has to be sanded, stained and finished as well.
As compared to the past there are many gorgeous laminate products on the market that will make your interiors look very appealing. You can find the right colors and texture to match your interior decor theme easily. The hand scraped laminate floors look as beautiful as the pricey hardwood floors.
Laminate flooring is a better option for bathroom flooring than solid hardwood. The wear surface of the laminate is very hard and almost indestructible. The tight seams between the planks will prevent absorption of moisture. Further advancements in technology are expected to lead to 100% waterproof laminate flooring.
Lawrence Gonzalez was born in Texas and studied Interior Design. He likes to write on home remodeling topics and is currently writing for Sam’s Flooring Gallery.