Laminate flooring is a popular choice for those who want an economic alternative to hardwood flooring or have a situation where hardwood flooring is unable to be installed. Laminate flooring, unlike hardwood flooring, is designed to not scratch or dent. It is very easy to install, easy to clean, and durable.
As indicated by The North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA), laminate flooring is quite possibly the best all-encompassing package for your decorating dollar and perfect for those who want low maintenance flooring. Check out this impressive list of benefits provided by NALFA:
- Laminate flooring is extremely durable
Protected by a tough external layer and resin coating, a laminate floor is much stronger, and more scratch-resistant, impact-resistant and longer lasting than any hardwood, vinyl, or carpet. It’s virtually resistant to dogs, cats, kids and even high heels.
- Laminate flooring is stain, fade, and moisture resistant
Most laminate flooring manufacturers offer extensive warranty protection against stains, fading, and moisture damage. Hardwood floors, on the other hand, are subject to wood grain staining, fading in sunlight, and can scratch and dent easily.
- Laminate flooring is easy to clean and maintain
Laminate’s superior stain and moisture-resistant surface coating makes spills and other messes easy to handle. This special surface doesn’t require waxes or varnishes to keep it looking great.
- Laminate flooring is easy to install
The introduction of glueless laminate floors revolutionized ease of installation in the industry. Not only are the flooring sections smaller, designed to interlock, and easier to work with, but laminate floors can also be installed over most non-textile existing subfloors. In this “floating floor” method of installation, the laminate floor is laid or “floated” over the existing subfloor without being glued to the surface. This saves considerable time and installation cost. Moreover, laminate floors are easy to un-install and replace quickly and easily when it’s time for a style update.
- Laminate flooring is economical
Not only is laminate flooring generally less expensive than other hard surface floors to start with, but when its durability and longevity are considered, it becomes a particularly economical choice.
- Laminate flooring offers a variety of styles
While many laminate floors simulate the authentic look of hardwood or stone, the possibilities for new styles and colors are limitless. A variety of color tones and patterns enable you to match the floor with the exact mood and style of your room, whether it’s rich and elegant or cool and contemporary. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the availability, realism and quality of today’s laminate floor styles.
- Laminate flooring is environmentally friendly
Laminate flooring is made from wood and wood by-products, and does not involve the harvesting of rare or endangered trees.