There is nothing quite like hardwood as floor covering. But if you want to go the cheaper route, there’s laminate flooring, which is basically synthetic flooring that underwent a lamination process.
It is designed to simulate wood and has both strengths and weaknesses. The following list of its pros and cons might help you with your purchase decision.
Installation of laminate flooring is something you can do by yourself. Some of them even feature interlocking planks that make installing much easier than usual, and definitely much easier than hardwood. No problem if you have to install it over an existing floor. Also, remember that if you have to do some repairs or perhaps bore a hole for any purpose, be sure you have the necessary tools like the drill and diamond core bit ready.
It is versatile. It will work in any room, including the kitchen and bathroom. Also, it can adapt easily to any type of sub-flooring.
It is the less expensive choice. Because it only simulates wood, it is certainly cheaper. You can even find better deals especially from wholesalers and online stores.
It is good for areas with high foot traffic. Despite what some people think, it is durable. Laminate flooring is water-resistant and scratch-resistant, making it the wise choice if you have kids and pets.
Cleaning isn’t much of a problem. You can easily wipe dirt off. For spills, mop and water, or perhaps floor cleaning solutions are all you’re gonna need.
Laminate flooring has fewer options on design. The manufacturers set the designs, and they are limited. The problem comes, too, when you have to sell the house as the prospective buyer may not be fond of how it looks. Still, it is a better choice than carpet or linoleum.
Unlike hardwood, laminate flooring cannot be restored. While the same is true for other materials, hardwood scores well on this one because it can be refinished whereas laminate flooring must be replaced.
Walking on laminate flooring may produce a hollow sound. This one is relative, so if you feel bothered by the rather noisy sound, then laminate flooring is not for you.
It is water-resistant but it cannot allow for long, standing water. Just like hardwood, it cannot tolerate standing water and can get slippery. But then again, hardwood can be repaired whereas laminate flooring needs to be replaced.
Laminate flooring offers a cheaper, yet good quality alternative to hardwood. As with anything, it is always good to have some knowledge about a product before making a purchase.
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