When you hear the word laminate, perhaps a picture pops up in your head of those brightly colored, crazy floors from the 80’s. Let us tell you, that isn’t what laminate is anymore, unless, of course, that’s what you are looking for.
Laminate has come a long way since its early days. Chances are you might have walked through someone’s home and not even realized that some of their flooring under your feet was indeed laminate. That’s the beauty of laminate flooring. It can very well disguise itself as another type of flooring, for example, hardwood. So let’s take a quick look at some of the advantages if you decide to go with laminate flooring.
Replication – As we already mentioned, laminate can give off a visual perception of other types of flooring. Perhaps you want the natural look of hardwood but with easy maintenance. Laminate is perfect for this situation. Whether it’s the true look of hardwood, tile or even stone, laminate comes in many designs and patterns that can give your floors the look you desire.
Durability – Laminate flooring is a four-layer sandwich with a protective layer over a decorative sheet with your choice of pattern. This sandwich effect creates a durable floor with stain resistance thanks to the protective layer on top. It is also supported by a rigid core and a bottom balancing layer to help prevent warping. This results in a very durable floor that typically outlasts hardwood, tile or stone floors. Laminate can be used in heavy traffic areas and even rooms that contain moisture, like kitchens and bathrooms.
Affordability – This is an easy one. Laminate comes with a lower price tag than most other floors. If you’re looking for a good bang for your buck, laminate would be a great option.
Is It Right For Me?
Laminate, in most cases, is a great choice to go with. As you can see, it has some pretty beneficial qualities to it. So is it right for you? That depends on where you plan to use it and what the environment of that particular area consists of. But that doesn’t mean you have to answer this question on your own. We are always a phone call away and would love to discuss your options.