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Pros and Cons of Laminate Floors

Some benefits and drawbacks of using laminate flooring

Laminate flooring is a newer type of flooring which has gained much popularity in the recent past. They are much cheaper as compared to other types of flooring. Laminate flooring looks stylish and can easily adjust with different types of surroundings. Furthermore, it is easier to clean and maintain. There are many benefits of using laminate flooring but certainly, there are some drawbacks as well. This piece of information sheds light on the benefits and disadvantages of using laminate flooring.

Are you considering laminate flooring for your home? This is what you need to know!

The Pros

Convenient Packaging: Natural hardwood flooring comes in planks that are 8 or 10 feet in length, and sometimes even longer. By contrast laminate planks that simulate hardwood are sold in convenient 4 foot strips. They are also available in tile form in varying sizes.

Cleaning: The wear layer of a laminate floor protects the material from stains and some spills making cleaning and maintenance relatively easy. Typically, the only regular requirement is sweeping or vacuuming of the floor to remove grit and dirt which can slowly erode the floors wear layer over time.

Goes Anywhere: With the exception of carpet, laminate flooring can be installed over almost any existing floor in the home. As long as a moisture barrier is in place and water prevention measures are taken it can also be installed at any grade. This removes the hassle and expense of having to remove old flooring installations before installing new laminate materials.

Health: Laminate flooring is naturally resistant to the growth of mold and bacteria. It can also be treated with special allergen resistant and anti-bacterial coatings to make them even safer.

The Cons

Refinishing: Laminate floors cannot be refinished. They have a single wear layer, and when that is damaged the individual piece needs to be replaced. Over time the wear layer on the entire floor will degrade and scratches will appear in the surface of laminate materials. When this occurs the entire floor will need to be replaced.

Hard: Laminate flooring is quite hard and unyielding under foot. Even cork or foam padding on the back will generally not alleviate this characteristic.

Author: Joseph Lewitin

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