Laminate Flooring Advantages
Laminate Flooring has Many of its own Advantages
... comparing laminate flooring with natural hardwood flooring.
Laminate flooring may not have the esteem of natural hardwood flooring and it often has a stigma attached to it for being cheap and less desirable. This is just not the case, especially with the laminate flooring that we offer here at FloorMall.com. While having laminate flooring installed in your home may not make you feel as regal as having natural hardwood flooring, Laminate flooring has many of its own advantages.
Laminate flooring is actually terrifically tough and durable and usually more so than natural hardwood flooring. It’s more durable because of the way laminate flooring is constructed. Different layers of materials are bonded together under extreme pressure. These layers include wood, adhesives, and the top layer of the flooring which is a melamine wear layer. This layer is very strong and it aptly resists scratching, staining and many other forms of damage. This includes damage from strong, household chemicals. And because of melamine’s natural properties the flooring is also heat resistant.
Natural hardwood flooring almost always has a tendency to fade or darken from the result of direct sunlight. The ways that natural flooring change overtime due to the sun varies from each wood to the next but at least some subtle change in the flooring’s color is inevitable. In places that see long periods of direct, harsh sunlight this effect would be more pronounced. This isn’t a problem with laminate flooring and the surface will retain its color for years, despite contact with direct sunlight.
Laminate flooring is also very easy to clean. You don’t need any wax based cleaners, or abrasive cleaning chemicals. There are several laminate floor cleaners on the market and it is a good idea to make use of them.
Laminate flooring is also usually less expensive than natural hardwood flooring. It’s also a good choice for homeowners who are planning on moving in the near future. And for other homeowners who’re on a budget but still want that genuine hardwood flooring look. Laminate flooring has come a long way in recent years and it is now available in the same striking tones that many exotic hardwood flooring comes in.
There are a surprising amount of difficulties involved with installing natural hardwood flooring and you’re usually better off letting a professional handle it. There are several reasons for this. A lot of the exotic trade woods are hard to handle due to some of their poisonous and allergen properties. The dust generated from the sanding process can cause severe allergic reactions. Also just the hardness of the wood itself can make it difficult to saw, nail and sand. In contrast, installing a laminated floor is relatively easy. It can be floated over an existing surface like wood, concrete or tile. These floors can go in any area of the house too—the kitchen, bathroom or even high traffic areas. They’re also hypoallergenic and they repel dust so the actual material of the flooring won’t cause you any type of discomfort. Since laminate flooring is relatively easy to install you’ll not only save on the cost of the flooring but you’ll save on installation costs as well.
Laminate flooring isn’t some kind of wonder floor though and the same precautions you take with regular hardwood flooring should be taken with this type of flooring. Once again, there are specialized laminate flooring cleaner on the market that will make life easier. You also should use throw rugs in high traffic areas, because despite the floor’s durability it will show high traffic damage. It’s also advisable to keep the flooring dry since standing water can cause the flooring to buckle and warp. Laminate flooring can last up to twenty five years if cared for properly. You can take a look at FloorMall’s selection of laminate flooring.
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