The benefits of laminate flooring

December 23, 2014

Looking to renovate your floor with an easy to maintain, aesthetically pleasing and reasonably priced surface? Laminate flooring is the go-to option for many homeowners who want the look of a hardwood surface at a lower cost.

The benefits of laminate flooring

When deciding on what type of floor surface to choose, many homeowners are confused about the differences between hardwood and laminate flooring.

  • Essentially, laminate flooring is a type of synthetic material that simulates the look of hardwood.
  • It just happens to be cheaper and easier to install.

The cost of laminate vs. hardwood

  • Laminate flooring is typically cheaper because it’s not real wood.
  • Installation is also simpler due to the convenient nature of it.
  • Laminate comes in a singular four-foot size, which makes floor installation a breeze.
  • Hardwood comes in planks of eight to 10 feet and must be altered more according to the dimensions of a floor. This makes it more complicated and costly to install.

Easy and more cost effective installation

The packaging of laminate flooring can be additionally cheaper because many homeowners opt to do it themselves.

  • Laminate provides the option of convenient installation.
  • Homeowners can purchase the laminate that allows snapping individual pieces together without glue.
  • This means saving money on hired hands and a fun and easy D.I.Y project.

Easier to maintain

One considerable benefit to laminate flooring is how easily it can be maintained.

  • All it requires is consistent sweeping, mopping and wiping to maintain its quality.
  • Hardwood on the other hand, requires special cleaners and more regular cleaning to maintain its finish.

Repairing laminate

Though it has many benefits, laminate is not without drawbacks.

  • Laminate is difficult to repair because it cannot be sanded and finished.
  • When trying to replace a piece of laminate, homeowners will find it difficult to match pieces due to the wear and tear from sunlight and artificial light exposure on the rest of the surface floor.
  • On the other hand, if this was hardwood, the floor could be easily matched by sanding, staining and refinishing the entire surface.
  • However, for a fraction of the cost, it’s a welcome trade-off for homeowners who are really looking to save money on renovations.
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