Everyone likes the classic and elegant look of hardwood floors. They are very beautiful and timeless to say the least. But, under all of this beauty and glamour is a vulnerable surface that can be easily dented and scratched. Hardwood floors may seem tough and ‘hard’ at first glance but after a few weeks of experiencing them, you get to know and understand how susceptible they are to fading and stain marks. No one wants to have deal with blemishes on their precious floors all the time.
If you are one of those people who really fancy the look and stunning appearance of hardwood floors but do not want to have to constantly worry about dents, scratches, fading and stains marks, then laminate flooring may just be the solution for you. Laminate flooring offers the beauty of hardwood alongside some much needed durability. This particular flooring option is also more affordable than traditional hardwood flooring so you also get to save a lot of money if you choose to go the laminate way.
What Is Laminate Flooring?
Laminate is a composite material that look very similar to natural wood that can be used on floors, walls and other surfaces in both homes and office. Most people have come across laminate on kitchen countertops and indoor sports facilities. Laminate flooring is composed of a high-density core that has an image layered on top and sealed with a hard glaze cover. It’s good to mention that laminate flooring has an in-built water repellent feature that allows the entire structure of the core to repel water thus increasing the product’s endurance and durability.
Types of Laminate Floors
Before deciding on a specific type of flooring to install in your home, there are several factors that you need to put into consideration. First, you need to establish where you are going to install the laminate floors. For instance; are you looking to install the floors in a low traffic or high traffic area? If your plan is to install the floors in a low traffic area, you are better of going with laminate flooring options that have thinner cores.
Laminate flooring comes in different core sizes ranging from 6mm to 12mm. The thicker the core, the more stable and durable the laminate flooring is. A thicker core also provides exceptional endurance and is less likely to suffer from damage over time.
If you are planning to move houses in the near future, you may want to go with less premium laminate floors. This will save you a lot of money and the people who move into your home will likely change the floors as well to suit their own tastes and preferences. The point here is that you do not have to spend a lot of money on a floor that you may not get to enjoy its full benefits.
Installation of laminate flooring is one of its biggest selling points. Most people can actually install these floors all by themselves. The laminate covers can be installed over existing hardwood, plywood underlay, concrete slabs, sheet vinyl or any other suitable flat or level surface.