A floor is one of the main parts of any room in your house or flat, so it influences its whole look immensely. A clean floor that fits the room's design can make it way more beautiful, and, vice versa, an old, stained, or simply aesthetically unsuitable floor can spoil the whole impression of your dwelling.
But which floor is best to choose? Often, it's not so easy to make the right choice. There are so many variants on the market! But we're strongly convinced that one of the best options for most homeowners is laminate flooring. Why do we think so? Because laminate flooring has lots of advantages, about which we're going to tell you in this article.
First of all, we'll tell you what a laminate floor actually is. It is a composite floor with a base layer made of fiberboard or plywood. Some types of laminate have an additional lower layer or so-called underlayment. It makes the floor more protected, helps to prevent heat loss, and stops noises from spreading. Another layer has a printed picture that most often imitates some material — for example, stone or wood. The top layer is the wear layer. It's produced from transparent but strong and durable plastic. It protects the laminate from hits, scratches, and other damage.
Laminate gives people the possibility to get a floor that looks like real wood or stone but is significantly cheaper. Yes, some time ago the artificial origin of such floors was seen very clearly because their quality was way poorer. But now they have improved greatly, and today laminate is a reliable, realistic-looking, and easy-to-clean floor material with typically good quality.
What makes laminate flooring one of the most popular flooring types? Why do lots of people choose it over others?
As we've already said, it has many benefits. Here are the most important of them:
In spite of all its advantages, laminate flooring isn't perfect. Here are some things that you need to be ready for if you want to install a floor of this type.
It is not universal. There are some rooms in which laminate flooring would be a truly awful idea. For example, it isn't meant for places with lots of water such as bathrooms or laundry rooms. Yes, it has a moisture-proof layer, but it isn't resistant to water spills and leaks. In kitchens, laminate floors are more suitable but still aren't recommended, since there, you also can spill something.
Earlier, we said that a laminate floor is resistant to spills. Yes, it's true. Moreover, it can be mopped or cleaned with water. But liquids should never get under the floor's surface. In this case, it can become deformed and swollen, completely losing its pretty look. So, such flooring should be installed in rooms where the risk of it is minimal — for instance, living rooms, bedrooms, or offices. Although now you can find several completely water-resistant laminate types, so in case you would like to lay a laminate floor in your kitchen, there can be some variants for you.
Another not-so-pleasant fact is only for those who like the feeling of a real wooden floor under their feet. Unfortunately, no matter how much a laminate floor looks like wood, it won't feel and sound like it. The only exception is a thick, 12 or 15-mm board, but its price is much higher.
And, despite the amazing scratch and hit resistance of laminate floors, they still should be cared for. If the damage is too heavy, it definitely can leave a visible trace on the surface. We strongly advise you to put special pads under the legs of your furniture. Also, we recommend you lay mats in places that are walked over the most often — for instance, near the exit door.
If you can't decide which laminate (or any other) flooring to choose, we would recommend you getting in touch with A+ Remodeling and Construction company. Its highly professional staff will readily consult you and help you to select the perfect floor for your home or office!