On the rise as the most popular choice in home flooring, laminate flooring is inexpensive and very easily installed. Laminate flooring requires no glue or fasteners. Installed using the click-lock method, the overlay provides a barrier against both moisture and sound allowing the floor to expand and contract with the temperature and humidity changes in your home.
The sky's the limit when it comes to the design potential for laminate floors. Due to the maintenance required laminate flooring provides you with versatility and affordable options.The scratch and impact resistance feature makes laminate for those with children and pets. Laminate flooring is long lasting and durable without the requirement of staining or waxing. In addition, laminate flooring manufacturers offer extensive warranties against fading, stains, and limited moisture damage.
When installing a laminate floor budget, appearance, durability, moisture, and maintenance are things to consider.
Budget: The expense of the laminate
flooring depends on the firmness and durability requested. On average quality laminate flooring cost approximately $1.50 - $4 per square foot. In comparison to the $2 - $6 per square foot for engineered hardwood flooring and $2 - $10 for solid hardwood flooring, laminate flooring is more cost efficient.
Appearance: Laminates are synthetics displaying the
presentation of hardwood flooring. In order to imitate the appearance of the wood texture, laminate flooring is constructed of pre-designed patterns.
Durability: Safeguarded by a resilient external layer laminate flooring is extremely durable. Laminate flooring is stronger, impact resistant and longer lasting than hardwood and carpet. The average lifespan for laminate
flooring ranges between 15 to 30 years depending upkeep, quality and installation (see manufacturer’s warranty).
Humidity: Laminate floor boards expand and force pressure when the humidity level in the room exceeds 55 percent causing evident bulges between the boards. On the Contrary, when the humidity drops below 30 percent the boards began to decrease in size. A decrease in the laminate board size may result in openings. It is important to maintain a consistent home temperature.
Maintenance: Maintaining laminate flooring is fairly
easy to do. Laminate flooring requires routine cleaning including, but not
limited to, dusting and damp mopping with soft brush or wood floor attachment.