Hardwood floors are beautiful, but they can be quite the investment and responsibility. Luckily, there are alternatives to hardwood that can offer the same design appeal without the price tag and special care. One of those options is laminate flooring, which can be made to very closely mimic the look of hardwood flooring. Here are some of the other advantages of laminate flooring over hardwood.
Easy Cleaning: Laminate flooring products have wear layer that protects them from most stains and spills, making your floor easier to clean and maintain. The majority of your efforts to care for a laminate floor would be made in sweeping or vacuuming to get rid of dirt and other particles that will gradually erode the wear layer.
Easy Installation: Installing a laminate “click-together” floor is one of the easiest do-it-yourself home improvement projects you can take on. Advancements in manufacturing have made it so you don’t even need to use an adhesive. All you have to do is put down an underlayment material, and then snap the planks together one by one until the whole floor is finished– which can be done in as little as one day.
Convenient Packaging: Hardwood floor planks come in packages that can be 10 feet long or more, which might be tough to haul home and maneuver through your home. Laminate flooring materials come in convenient 4-foot planks, making them much easier to handle, store, and install.
Versatility: Laminate flooring manufacturers have developed their materials to look just like dozens of different natural hardwoods. With an advanced printing process, laminate can mimic the appearance of stone and ceramic tile as well. It can also be embossed with various textures to further imitate natural materials.
No Sun Damage: One of the unfortunate results of letting lots of natural light into your home is the way it can damage your furnishings, including hardwood floors. The sun’s UV rays have a bleaching effect, causing irreparable damage to the wood. But, you don’t have to worry about that with Laminate as its wear layer protects it from sun damage. This makes laminate a more practical choice for sunrooms.
Fewer Allergens: This alternative to hardwood is resistant to the growth of mold and bacteria. Laminate can also be treated with an additional anti-bacterial and allergen resistant coating to make it even safer.
Expand and Contract: Temperature and pressure changes will typically cause a hardwood floor to buckle and snap against the subfloor because it’s all glued down. Because laminate flooring is interconnected rather than being adhered to the subfloor, it can expand and contract along with the weather conditions without any trouble.
Acclimation: Hardwood flooring materials need to sit in their new indoor environment for a few weeks (recommended time will depend on the species). This allows the wood to acclimate to the temperature and pressure of the area. Laminate products can be installed in as little as two days.
If you’d like to see how beautiful laminate can really be, stop by the Carpet USA showroom today!