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The type of flooring that you choose for your residential or commercial property is one of the most important factors in the overall look and feel that you want to achieve. In recent years Laminate flooring has risen through the ranks to become one of the most popular flooring choices, and for a good reason.

The Pros of Laminate Flooring

Since the original development of Laminate flooring in 1977, this flooring option has come a long way. It is a formidable force within the flooring industry as the quality of materials being used for laminate flooring and the laminate products that are entering the market become more advanced and resilient.

Laminate flooring has perfected the art of being able to beautifully replicate wood and stone tile flooring, but with less of a price tag. The pros of laminate flooring include;

  • Cost: Taking into consideration the type of laminate flooring, the size of the area to be covered and whether you are installing the flooring yourself or getting it professionally done, it is still a more budget friendly option when compared to most other flooring options. It is cost effective to clean and maintain, more resilient to surface damage and is designed for high foot traffic.
  • Look: Without being wood or stone tile, laminate flooring comes as close as it possibly can to looking like wood or stone tile without being real wood. Laminate flooring has an imprinted layer, and if you buy a really good quality laminate, you can see down to the grain and grooves of the wood making it look hyper-realistic.
  • technological advancements, laminate now makes use of click technology so it is easy and quick to install.

  • Resilience: Laminate flooring is made up of multiple layers, making it incredibly durable. Every layer has the purpose of strengthening and protecting. Coated with a UV resistant layer for protection against sunlight and water means that this flooring is more durable when there are pets, children and other foot traffic passing over your floors.
  • Hygiene: Because these floors are easy to clean this reduces bacteria and dirt build up. Laminate flooring also reduces allergen risks as it does not gather dust and keeps moisture at bay.
  • Environment: Laminate flooring is made from sustainable trees or wood waste.

The Cons of Laminate Flooring

While there are many benefits to Laminate Flooring, there are also some cons that need to be factored in.

  • Installation: Depending on whether you are installing the floor yourself or not and whether you have experience, during installation the click design can be difficult to connect, particularly when you get to the walls and doors.
  • Water Resistant: While laminate flooring is water resistant, this does not mean that it is completely waterproof. Excessive water can damage laminate flooring and lead to swelling. It is advised not to put laminate flooring in bathrooms or kitchens.
  • Durability: Laminate flooring is designed to handle high levels of foot traffic, however, natural wear and tear will still occur. If there is wearing, deep scratches or grooves, laminate flooring cannot be sanded and revarnished. At this point it must be replaced.
  • Functionality: Laminate flooring has been known to be slippery, however, manufacturers are continuously developing more slip resistant laminates. Static electricity is also more common with laminate flooring but can be prevented by ensuring that the floor is kept clean.
  • Look: On closer inspection of laminate flooring it is more obvious that the floors are not pure wood or stone tile, and if installation is not done correctly there is the chance that two lookalike board will be placed next to each other.
  • Resale Value: Generally the resale value of a property with laminate flooring is less than a property with hardwood or engineered wood flooring.  

Still not sure whether you want to use laminate flooring or not? Visit a Tiletoria near you and our expert sales team will be able to assist and advise you.

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