Do you have a space in your home that you want to spruce up, perhaps with some a fresh coat of paint, some new furniture and a change in floor covering?
Your paint and furniture options are seemingly infinite, but there are only a handful of things you can cover your floor with, and there are pros and cons to each of them. You can go with hardwood, carpet, stone, ceramic tile, vinyl or laminate.
While there can be some problems with laminate flooring if it isn’t installed correctly, those problems are easily avoided if you read the user manual that comes with the laminate flooring you buy, or watch any related instructional videos. As you will soon see, there at least four advantages that laminate flooring offers.
But first, what is laminate flooring? Laminate consists of four layers, each serving a specific function. A top protective, transparent layer makes the flooring resistant to scratches from high heels, cats, dogs and chairs.
Underneath that is a decorative layer which gives the flooring its appearance, which can resemble natural surfaces such as stone or hardwood.
Under the decorative layer is a high-density fiberboard core, giving the flooring its stability and durability.
The bottom layer is a melanine resin, providing stability and moisture resistance.
And now for those advantages:
Laminate flooring is stronger, more scratch-resistant and impact-resistant than vinyl, hardwood or carpet. Most laminate flooring manufacturers offer warranty protection. Hardwood floors, by contrast, are subject to wood grain staining, scratching, denting and fading in sunlight.
Easy to install –
Floor sections are smaller, they interlock, and they’re easy to work with. They can be placed atop most existing subfloors, as a “floating floor” with no glue or adhesive needed, once a sheet of underlayment material has been placed on the concrete or wooden subfloor. This saves significantly on time and costs.
Go green –
Laminate flooring that bears the North American Laminate Flooring Association seal assures that it has met the following standards:
- It was made with natural resources such as woodchip fiberboard.
- It is recyclable.
- It contains no air-damaging chemicals.
- It complies with formaldehyde emissions regulations for laminate flooring core board.
- It is made from recycled content.
- No glues or adhesives are required, which eliminates volatile organic compounds, and no cleaning chemicals for cleaning and maintenance are needed.
Laminate flooring typically costs from $3 to $7 per square foot, compared to $6 to $15 per square foot for hardwood, $4 to $12 per square foot for ceramic tile, $8 to $50 per square foot for stone, and $2 to $15 for carpet, according to the World Floor Covering Association. If you’re willing to buy your laminate flooring via the Web, taking a bit of a chance on the color and design, depending on how good your computer monitor or phone is, you might find laminate flooring prices that are even lower.
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