Laminate flooring has become a popular alternative to solid hardwood and vinyl flooring because it is simple to install, easy to maintain and reasonably priced. These floors have a very durable finish and a realistic impression of hardwood, tile and stone. Following are the major benefits of laminate flooring:
Laminate flooring offers more convenient packaging than natural hardwood flooring which comes in 8 ft., 10 ft. or even longer planks. Laminate planks are available in 4 ft. strips. They are also sold in tile form of varying sizes.
Heavy duty laminate is a highly durable, scratch-resistant and strong flooring surface. As laminate flooring is protected by a resin coating and hard external layer, it is suitable for houses with children and pets, and for high traffic areas. Laminate flooring with AC rating of 3 or higher is suitable for light commercial and general residential use.
Laminate flooring can simulate the natural look of many different hardwood materials. Additionally, the appearance of many ceramic flooring and natural stone materials can be reproduced by the printing process.
EASY TO INSTALL
When compared to other types of floorings, laminate flooring is easier to install because their boards are simple to work with. Additionally, laminate floors can be floated over most substrates including existing floor coverings and concrete slabs. Therefore, it saves time for installation over other types of flooring that may need to be stapled, nailed down or glued.
LOW PRICE AND HIGH QUALITY
Heavy duty laminate flooring is cheaper than traditional hardwood. At the same time, it offers beautiful looks that emulate the warmth of hardwood flooring and the elegance of porcelain tiles, and does not fall short in quality. There are great laminate flooring choices for all price range.
EASY TO CLEAN
The stain and moisture resistant surface of laminate flooring makes maintenance and cleaning relatively easy. Special cleaners are not necessary because regular sweeping is enough for keeping the floor in top shape.
AVAILABLE IN DIFFERENT STYLES
Laminate flooring is available in a large variety of wood, tile and stone finishes, and in different plank styles, colors, thicknesses, and surface treatments.
Laminate flooring has natural resistance against the growth of bacteria and mold. It can be made even safer by treating with anti-bacterial and allergen resistant coatings.
LESS ACCLIMATION TIME
Hardwood flooring must sit in the environment for 3 to 6 weeks before installation to acclimate to the pressure and temperature of the location. But laminate flooring can be installed in just 36 hours.
Dust can be a severe health hazard for people suffering from allergies. Laminate floors are hypoallergenic as they do not accumulate dust. Therefore, laminate flooring is a great choice for people who are allergic to dust.
CAN BE INSTALLED ANYWHERE
Heavy duty laminate flooring is versatile and highly durable. You can install laminate flooring over almost all existing floors (other than carpet). When hardwood floor installation is not compatible with the existing subfloor, laminate flooring may be a great option.