When people hear about laminate flooring for the first time, it is generally in the context of how affordable the product is. What many do not know, however, is that this flooring solution is so much more than just its cost-effective factor. At Top Carpets and Floors, laminate flooring is one of our most sought-after products – and it would not surprise you to know that they are currently trending worldwide. If you are curious about what precisely this category of flooring is and why you should install it, keep reading.
What Are Laminate Floors?
Sometimes confused with luxury vinyl planks (though they are quite different), laminates used to be the go-to budget flooring for those who could not afford any better. These days, the technology and engineering behind the product have advanced to the point where many prefer laminates over real hardwood flooring. Made from layers of fibreboard, melamine resin and a finish of aluminium oxide, the flooring mimics the look of wooden surfaces flawlessly. If you would like to find out how the installation of this flooring solution can benefit you, here are six of the best reasons.
1. An Affordable Alternative
Unlike hardwood floors which are made from solid wood planks, laminates are made with compressed wood particles with a photographic print layered at the top to simulate real wood. The materials, construction and final product are all far more cost-friendly than wooden floors.
2. Installation Could Not Be Simpler
Installation of these floors is so easy (usually done with a locking system) that many homeowners opt to do it themselves. Whether you leave the installation to the experts (always recommended) or do it yourself, you will be glad to know that it is a fast, straightforward and affordable process.
3. Remarkable Durability
Engineered to withstand heavy foot traffic and households whose members lead active lifestyles; laminate floors really are a do-it-all product. Due to being relatively stain- and scratch-resistant, you will not have to worry about what your toddler messes or how your pets’ nails will affect the flooring.
4. Water-Resistance Makes the Product Versatile
While the planks are not 100% waterproof, their melamine layer does mean that they withstand moisture and humidity far better than hardwood flooring. Certain kinds of laminates perform better in kitchens, bathrooms and basements than others, so be sure to find a design that works for your home.
5. Cleaning Up Is No Fuss
Investing in a product that costs a lot to maintain is not everyone’s cup of tea, and this is where laminates shine. Their stain-resistance and protective top layer mean that cleaning away dirt only requires sweeping, vacuuming, or mopping. For messy spills, simply wipe up the area with a damp cloth.
6. The Elegance of Real Hardwood
Hardwood flooring looks expensive and gives off an air of luxury. The downside to wooden floor installation is that it is costly, difficult to maintain and expensive to replace when damaged. Laminate flooring emulates the rich look and depth of wood and hardly anyone will know the difference.
At Top Carpets and Floors, we will guide you through every step of the process, from consultation to installation. If you would like a flooring solution that looks great and transforms your chosen space, why not contact us today?