When you’re budget is limited, installing solid wood flooring may not be your best option. Fortunately, there are less expensive alternatives to wooden floors, such as laminate flooring.
Why laminate flooring?
It might only be an imitation of real wood but its advantages can be comparable, if not better than authentic hardwood flooring. Laminate flooring is affordable, durable, versatile and easy to install, clean and maintain.
One of the most attractive advantages of laminate flooring is its ability to resemble solid wood floor at a considerably cheaper and more affordable price compared to traditional hardwood floors. The affordable alternative is also chosen by many homeowners because of its extensive warranty included with the purchase with most companies.
Although it is low cost, laminate floors is designed and engineered to last for several years. Unlike wooden floors, it is made from compressing tough four basic layers - the wear layer, pattern, wood fibres, and backing layer. This composition makes it durable and resistant to pest damage, stains and fading. It is also the perfect put at moist places such as kitchens, hallways or because of its resistance to moisture. If properly installed, cleaned and maintained, it can be more resilient than actual wood flooring.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Taking care of laminate flooring does not require too much of your time and effort. However, keep in mind that it is not cleaned and maintained the same way with wooden floors. With its layer of laminate on top, you don’t have to wax or polish it regularly. Just a quick run over with a mop, vacuum cleaner or damp cloth will be enough to remove dusts, stains and spills.
Laminate floors are easy and convenient to install compared to wooden floors. You don’t have to remove your old floor and attach it directly to the subfloor because the planks are designed to snap together. With that, you can just put it together right on top of wood, tile, vinyl or linoleum without using nails or glue. Its easy installation can also be the perfect solution for do-it-yourself enthusiasts, home improvement aficionados or ordinary homebuyers who are looking for ways to save on installation on fees.
Another advantage of laminate flooring is its versatility. You can also choose from a wide of selection of high resolution images of different types of wood such as mahogany, oak and maple. Also, you can install it to your living room, kitchen and bathroom, or even at your office. Keep in mind that low quality laminate floors may not be aesthetically and visually appealing.
Other flooring options such as a carpet can easily accumulate and hold on to dust for a long period of time. In return, this may cause trigger allergies, asthma attacks and other respiratory problems. But with laminate flooring, you can finally put your mind at ease. With its easy cleaning process, you can quickly remove dusts and allergens and prevent airborne diseases from spreading throughout your home.
When it comes to choosing an economical flooring solution that is healthy for your family, durable, easy to install and versatile all at the same time, go for laminate flooring.