Pros And Cons Of Laminate Flooring

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(Last Updated On: March 17, 2017)
Home with laminate flooring
Laminate flooring in home

If you are considering new flooring to install in your home, you might be con fused among various choices of flooring. This might be really very confusing and intimidating to choose flooring for your home. However one of the options to consider for your homes flooring is laminate flooring. Laminate flooring gives very classy look to your home. One of the best things is that you can go for DIY laminate flooring installation and save some of your bucks. Laminate flooring is also very versatile for flooring as laminate flooring in kitchen will look as good as laminate flooring in living room. There is no limitation of places when installation of laminate flooring is concerned. Many people have an opinion that laminate flooring looks more homogenous and manufactured and suits in factory type places but this is not at all true. Laminate flooring gives amazing looks and plenty of designs and patterns to choose from. If you are not pretty much sure about whether to install laminate flooring in your home or not then you can check out laminate flooring pros and cons and see for yourself.

Laminate flooring pros and cons

  • Installation

 

 

Pros

Laminate flooring installation is

Professional installing laminate flooring
Installing Laminate Flooring

actually very easy and also quick. If you want to install laminate flooring on an area of 300 square feet then you will just need a weekend to get the job done. If you are going for installing old types of laminate flooring then you will need to glue the pieces of each piece of laminate flooring with each other. The newer laminate flooring comes in fold/lock design or click lock design which will allow the planks of this flooring to get fit in just like the pieces of puzzle. These planks are made from the soft particleboard and hence they can be easily cut with hand saw or also by a utility knife.

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Cons

While you think that the design of these new flooring is very simple and easy to install but many of the times this fold/lock or click/lock pattern doesn’t work as properly as it should work. Many of the times it can be very much difficult to join the sides of the boards along with the adjoining sides. If you are applying bit force on the boards for placing it properly, there is a high chance of the top layer getting curled. This can really damage the floor and reduce its ability to resist moisture.

  • Maintenance

 

Pros

Not like wood which can dent easily, laminate flooring is very much prone to denting. These floors can easily with scratch and denting. These floors have a wear layer which will help in protecting the photographic layer which is there underneath of the floor. Several companies give warranty of ten years on the wear layer of laminate flooring. Laminate flooring has a tough surface and it can easily resist stains. However despite of this also if your floor gets stain then also it’s extremely easy to clean it off.

Cons

One of the biggest cons of laminate flooring is that it cannot be sand or refinish. If the layer of laminate flooring is deeply worn out or heavily scratched or grooved, it cannot be refinished or sanded like solid hardwood flooring. It has to be compulsorily replaced.

  • Cleaning

 

Pros

Homeowner cleaning laminate flooring
Cleaning laminate flooring

Cleaning laminate flooring is extremely easy. You just need a vacuum or broom to sweep. If you want something more than do damp mopping and you will have a spotless clean floor. You can also make use of laminate floor cleaner but never need to wax it for better finish.

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Cons

If there is too much water then on the floor then it can seep into the seams in between the boards which can cause swelling. Hence you have to ensure to use special laminate floor cleaner for safe side and not damaging it.

  • Moisture

 

 

Pros

These flooring can be easily installed in semi moist areas like kitchen, powder room and such other places. They can resist moisture but on a condition that the boards are tight and there is no space left for the water or moisture to enter.

Cons

However moisture resistant laminate flooring, it cannot tolerate the standing pools of water. This is definitely going to damage the floor heavily. Hence these floors cannot be installed in bathroom and it should be avoided in kitchen also as chances are there of spills in bathroom. For such heavy moisture areas, you can go for vinyl or porcelain tiles.

  • Looks

 

 

Pros

Laminate flooring can easily represent the looks of stone, wood and such other materials. In case of original hardwood, there are imperfect pieces which have to be re-engineered or discarded which is not the case with laminate flooring. There is no such defect in case of laminate flooring. Each and every board of laminate flooring is of appropriate quality and looks.

Cons

The good looks will not be permanent and it will disappear when you reach very close to the laminate flooring. One of the major drawbacks of such flooring is pattern repetition. There are only 5 to 10 choices of patterns in board. While installation also, you have to be extremely careful as if there is any mistake in installation you can have two same boards but looking differently right next to one another.

  • Resale value

 

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Pros

Manufacturers of laminate flooring are working very hard for improvising the product. They are raising the micro beavers and also making the texture more deep and improving the graphic reproduction are some of the ways or making this product better. By adding these features it will become more like solid and engineered hardwood flooring.

Cons

This can be one of the reasons which confuse homeowners regarding the installation of laminate flooring. These types of flooring cannot fetch great resale value just like the hardwood flooring and engineered wood flooring do. Hence if you are concerned about the resale value then you must give second thought about its installation.

 

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