Advantages of Laminate
If you’re ready to pass over laminate because you’re convinced of its outdated reputation, think again! Laminate flooring has a number of advantages over other materials that can make it the perfect choice for your project.
Don’t discount laminate because of what you think it looks like. New printing innovations have made laminate one of the most customizable options on the market, and you can easily replicate a more expensive material you’ve been dreaming of! Laminate wood flooring and imitation stone are very popular options, and it’s often virtually impossible to tell laminate apart from the real thing by simply looking.
Because laminate includes a photo-printed layer, you can choose almost any material or pattern to replicate. Your options for colors and styles are virtually unlimited. You get all the other advantages of laminate, and you can decide exactly what you want your floors to look like!
Laminate is one of the most budget-friendly flooring materials available, especially when compared to solid hardwood or stone. You get the stunning appearance of natural materials without the price tag, and you can save on related costs like labor for installation and upkeep.
Laminate flooring also outstrips the competition when it comes to its durability. The layered construction we discussed makes it virtually waterproof if installed and sealed correctly, and the top wear layer resists many forms of damage while protecting the image layer from fading. You can count on your laminate floor to look and feel like new for years!
Thanks to the wear layer of laminate, it can stand up to a lot of abuse, and it’s easy to clean and take care of. You don’t have to worry much about stains, scratches, or dents, and a pass every week or so with a vacuum or a damp mop can clean up dust and other debris.
Whether you want to try your hand at a DIY installation or you simply hope to save on the labor costs of a complex installation, laminate flooring is a good choice. Laminate doesn’t require attachment to a subfloor like solid hardwood, so it can be installed over many types of existing flooring in many different spaces within your home. That includes installation over the concrete floor in your currently unfinished basement! Laminate also often comes in click-and-lock or fold-and-lock planks that are as easy to put together as a puzzle.
Other flooring materials may look good, but prioritizing aesthetics or durability can often mean sacrificing comfort. Hardwood, stone, and tile floors simply aren’t very comfortable to walk on, and you may need to supplement them with rugs or anti-fatigue mats in any area where you spend a lot of time standing. Laminate flooring, on the other hand, is often installed with a foam underlayment that softens foot fall and adds bounce, offering a much more comfortable experience.