Laminate flooring is quickly becoming very popular among homeowners. It’s inexpensive and looks very similar to hardwood flooring. If installed properly, it can last for a long time, and overall is easy to maintain. These are very appealing pros, and this is what makes it so attractive to the homeowners. However, there are a few cons we suggest you take into consideration prior to making your final decision.
Let’s take a look at a few advantages and disadvantages of laminate flooring in more detail today to help you make an educated decision.
Disadvantages of Laminate Flooring
First, let’s start with the main advantages of laminate flooring.
- It’s Inexpensive
Laminate flooring is inexpensive and is a great solution if you are on a budget. Not only is the flooring material itself significantly cheaper, but also the floor installation cost is almost 50% less than the installation of hardwood flooring. Laminate floor is lightweight and is available in planks that can be snapped together and if you feel comfortable you can even install it yourself. It does not need to be stapled, glued or nailed to the floor underneath it. This is something to consider if you would like to create a beautiful floor on a budget.
- Imitates Hardwood Floor and Looks Gorgeous
Laminate flooring is made from composite wood and looks very similar to hardwood flooring. In fact, it can be difficult to tell the difference between the hardwood and laminate floor as their color and texture, at times, is very similar. Today laminate floors are available in high quality and dozens of types of wood. It will brighten up your house or apartment and will give your place that unique charm that you can usually get from the actual hardwood floor. It looks great on its own or with a simple or stylish rug.
3. It’s Durable
One of the most important advantages of the laminate flooring is its durability. It can last anywhere from 10 to 30 years depending on the quality, the amount of foot traffic and quality of installation. Laminate flooring is tough and is not easily scratched and therefore it’s perfect for areas with high foot traffic, for example, a hallway, living or dining room area. Laminate flooring can keep its original look for a long time, and it doesn’t fade easily when exposed to sunlight unlike hardwood flooring. Another reason to love laminate flooring is that it’s resistant to stains, it does not expand or contract in different weather conditions, and is easy to maintain overall.
- Easy Maintenance
Laminate flooring is extremely easy to maintain. To keep it clean you can sweep or vacuum it and mop it with warm water. As we’ve noted above its very durable and doesn’t stain easily. All spills and breadcrumbs can be easily swept or wiped off, and this is exactly what makes it perfect for dining or living room areas.
Disadvantages of Laminate Flooring
Now let’s discuss the cons of laminate flooring. Just a few things to keep in mind when installing laminate flooring.
- Prone to Water Damage
Laminate flooring can be damaged by excessive water or a leak, and it’s not a good idea to install it in the laundry room or a bathroom or in other areas with floor drains and plumbing. Installing laminate flooring in the kitchen area might be okay if you are meticulous about cleaning up splashes and spills.
- Might Feel Hard
Although it looks pretty like hardwood flooring it is still synthetic and can feel hard and sound noisy or a little harsh when walking on it. This of course, can be easily fixed by a rug that will feel warm and comfortable under your feet. A rug will also eliminate noise and will add charm and coziness to your place.
- Once Laminate Flooring Is Worn Out, It Must Be Replaced
Unlike hardwood flooring that can be refinished, once laminate flooring is damaged it must be replaced. The good news is that with proper care and maintenance, if installed correctly, it can last for a long time: up to 30 years. If you are thinking about going with laminate flooring, do your research and ensure high quality product and proper installation.
- Toxic VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) Content
This could be a big drawback for some of us that truly want a safe home. Toxic volatile organic compounds are organic chemicals that can evaporate in normal room temperature. They include natural and human made compounds. Some of them can be organic and some of them can be toxic to humans and can have different side and health effects over time. When doing your research look for laminate flooring that has low-VOC content and would be safer for you and your family and pets.
- We hope you enjoyed these tips and will find them helpful when making a decision about the type of flooring you would like to be installed in your house. If you need help choosing the right flooring option for your home or are looking to install new flooring in your home, call Good Life Construction today at (916) 833-1379. We specialize in various home repairs and construction, have been serving our clients since 2009 and have created hundreds of happy customers. Our core foundations are quality, integrity and professionalism. We treat every customer with care and respect and strive to provide the highest quality work and excellent customer service. We would love to help you make your home a comfortable, cozy and safe place.