Using laminate flooring is quite popular for a lot of reasons. Aside from being reasonably priced, this type of flooring is also easy to maintain.
Are you considering laminate flooring? Let us explore the pros and cons this type of flooring. As someone who frequently renovates our house, I have used laminates at least once and I’m going to tell you all about it.
Simple and Easy Packaging
Compared to other types of flooring, laminates are very easy to transport because of their packaging style. If you decide to buy these from the hardware store, you won’t be carrying planks of wood to your house.
Laminate flooring comes in different sizes, but you can either get them in 4 foot strips or in tile form. So you see, it’s really very convenient to manage the transportation and installation of laminate flooring.
Versatile and All-Around Flooring
Another advantage to using laminates is that this type of flooring can replicate the look of other types of flooring (even the most expensive ones). Yes, there are designs and patterns of laminates that look like hardwood, stone, tile, ceramic, etc.
You can also get laminate flooring that have embossed texture, can you believe it? This is the design we used in one our projects and it held up really well. It looked really good too!
Cleaning and Maintaining Laminate Flooring
It’s really easy to clean laminate flooring because it’s not a sensitive type of flooring. There’s a protective layer on the surface and this shields the flooring from being affected by stains and smudges. People have used laminate flooring in the kid’s playroom and they sometimes spill their drinks on the floor. Still, you can expect the flooring to last for a really long time.
Other people use laminate flooring in their hallways and entryways. That’s because this type of flooring can handle heavy traffic and frequent cleaning won’t damage the laminates. Sweeping and vacuuming will help you maintain a clean and good looking laminate flooring.
No, it’s really not advisable to frequently use wet mop when cleaning this type of flooring. This type of floor is not really water-resistant and frequent exposure to moisture can cause some warping. That’s why you should immediately clean any spills that can damage the laminates to ensure long life.
Installing Laminate Flooring
Just as transporting laminate flooring materials is easy, installing them is easy as well. Most of the time, the pieces of laminate flooring simply click together and you have the option to use adhesives (like glue) or not. It really depends on the type of laminate flooring that you’re using.
Because of the simplicity of the installation process, you can finish installing laminate flooring on a regular sized room in just 1 to 2 days.
Another reason why laminate flooring is easy to set up is that it can be installed over an existing floor. So if you have an old flooring that you want to get rid off, you can simply apply the laminate flooring without removing the old floor.
And of course, laminate flooring can be walked on and used just like any other type of flooring. You can also accessorize the finished floor by using carpets and rugs.
It’s Fade Resistant Too
Because of the protective layer on laminate flooring, the surfaces won’t easily fade when constantly exposed to the sun. It is for this reason why laminates are also popular for use in sunrooms. The thicker the wear layer, the more resistant it is to the sun’s UV rays.
A Look at Some Health Benefits
Laminate flooring is not only easy to clean, the materials on laminates are also mold, mildew, and bacteria resistant. Allergy suffers find this type of flooring helpful in minimizing allergy attacks.
Limitations of Laminate Flooring
In spite of being a versatile type of flooring, laminate floors also come with limitations. For one, what you see is what you get. Once installed, you cannot refinish the flooring as you would on hardwood floors and other types of flooring.
Also, there is only a single layer of laminate on the surface of the flooring. So once this layer gets damaged, you will need to replace it (it can’t be repaired).
As years go by, scratches and other damages can also result in a worn out laminated floor. If this happens, you will need to replace the entire flooring with a new one.
The quality of the laminate flooring will determine its overall performance and durability. When we used this type of flooring, we chose the type with a thick protective layer. Yes, it’s more expensive than standard laminate flooring but it did last for a very long time.
Comparing Laminate Flooring with Other Types of Flooring
Although laminate flooring can simulate the look of expensive types of flooring, the feel of the floor is simply not the same. So you can choose to use a design that looks like stone, bricks, or hardwood, but don’t expect to get the same feel and effect of said types of materials.
If you walk on laminate floors, the sound will not be the same as walking on hardwood floors. There will be a hollow and fake sound that would reveal the real materials used on your flooring.
The same holds true if you touch laminate flooring with wood, bricks or stone design. Of course, it won’t feel like wood, bricks or stone, even if the flooring really looks like those types of floors.
Some Health Issues to Consider
One of the biggest disadvantages of using laminate floors is that it is made of compounds that contain formaldehyde. Because of this, the air quality of rooms that use this type of flooring can prove to be harmful to health.
When we decided to install laminate flooring, we didn’t know about this health issue. Now that we know about it, we simply don’t consider installing this type of flooring in our house again.
Should You Use Laminate Flooring?
There’s no doubt about it that laminate flooring is versatile and it really looks good too. As for the health issues, it is really up to you to weigh the possible negative side effects of this type of flooring to your family’s overall health.