The Pros and Cons of Installing Laminate Flooring
Homeowners are really flocking to laminate flooring these days. We are finding that more and more people are making the switch from traditional flooring options and choosing to install laminate in their homes instead. Although it can be an incredible choice for some, do the pros out weigh the cons? Today we will take a look at the good and bad sides of choosing to install laminate flooring and let you decide for yourself.
Before we begin with the debate, I think that is always important to learn a little about the topic at hand. From what most people gather about laminate flooring is that it is all plastic, which I guess is true in a way. But not really, Laminate is nothing more than a highly durable reproduction of a natural flooring material such as tile or hardwood flooring.
Even though it isn’t organic in the least you can really deem it fake, as it is real as you are. It does not claim to be organic nor does it claim to be better. It is however more adept in dealing with water damage and resisting scratches than wood flooring. It is even easier to care for.
The Pros of Installing a Laminate Floor
Installation itself couldn’t get easier – Really, this flooring is a breeze to install. Unlike solid hardwood flooring, laminate can be installed in a variety of different methods including glue down or floating. This is thank to a lock and fold mechanism that is included with almost all current laminate products on the market.
- Incredible Durability – This floor is solid and remarkably capable of handling even the toughest scratches without being affected. Denting is non-existent with laminate flooring and it will never chip either.
- Structurally Perfect – Most natural flooring materials are never perfect. The are always accompanied with dings, dents, knots, worm-holes and general imperfections related to natural growth and decay. Laminate is made, so you will never need to worry about opening a box and discovering that you have bought a box of defective materials.
- Cleaning is Insanely Easy – Yes, you heard it here, cleaning is far easier on laminate than natural materials. This is because natural materials are generally more porous than synthetic materials. They are very versatile with cleaning products as well. Stains are hard to create when it comes to Laminate Flooring, so you can be a little more at ease when the kids are drinking grape juice.
- Best flooring option for Dogs – I’m talking claws here, their is literally no better flooring for animals. This includes those accidents that may happen before house train has come to fruition.
The Cons of Installing Laminate Flooring
Not Natural – Natural materials are all the rage in modern day society, there is something romantic and warming about them. Unfortunately for laminate this is where the ball is dropped.
- Decreased Resale Value – If you are planning on selling your home at some point, laminate is probably not a good option for getting a great return on your investment. Buyers are looking for natural products in a home, mainly hardwood floors.
- Cannot be refinished – Hardwood flooring takes the cake for longevity and lifespan of your floor. This is because it has the ability to be refinished whereas laminate does not. Once you get passed the top layer of laminate, you have nothing resembling anything natural to work with.