Laminate flooring is a special type of flooring that mimics certain natural materials like wood or stone. This can be an affordable replacement for having an expensive exotic flooring installed.
However, laminate flooring has its advantages and disadvantages.
Here are the pros:
- Installation: Laminate flooring is pretty easy to install. Pieces of laminate flooring come in a special shape that allows them to be “locked and folded” to each other to form larger shapes.
- Durability: Laminate flooring is extremely hardy. It is also very difficult to scratch or dent.
- Artificial Perfection: The patterns for laminate flooring are usually devoid of the natural imperfections that occur in stone or wood flooring.
- Maintenance: Laminate flooring is easy to clean and maintain. A lot of specialty flooring with wood and stone require specials chemicals. You can clean laminate flooring with basic household cleaners. It’s also stain resistant.
Here are the cons:
- Realism: Laminate flooring lacks the realism of the more exotic forms of flooring. However, exotic wood and stone flooring does cost significantly more.
- Surface: Laminate flooring is hard to the touch, so if you enjoy the bit of bounce you get with carpet, laminate flooring might not be for you. It’s also slippery.
- Resale Value: When a house has laminate flooring installed, the resale value can fall.
- Repair: If your home has wood or stone flooring and endures damage, these can at least be refined down to a suitable state. IF laminate flooring gets worn down, it cannot be repaired and must be fully replaced.
When it comes to choosing your flooring, there’s a chance laminate flooring might fill your needs. However, the wide variety of options out there make it easy for anyone to find what they need.