Pros and Cons of Laminate Flooring

Pros and Cons of Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring has been an alternative for wood flooring for a very long time now. The reason for the abundance use of laminate flooring is because this type of flooring is cheaper than wood and other floorings. There was a time when people had a very limited amount of options in the lamination flooring, but now since the last decade, you have seen a lot of variety in the laminations. You will have a variety of colors and texture from which you can choose your flooring.

Laminate flooring is now used almost everywhere. You can install them in your house, office, and salon or anywhere you want.  There are pros and cons of everything and same is the case with installing laminate flooring in your house some of which are:

Pros of laminate flooring:

Easy and fast installation:

The installation of laminate flooring is rapid and easy. You can cover large areas of your house with this flooring in a few days or just a week. The mechanism of installing laminate flooring is clicks and lock or fold or lock. This helps the pieces to join easily and perfectly. The classic way of doing floors is pasting, this type of installation takes a lot of time and gets very messy.

Easy cleaning:

Laminate floorings are very easy to clean. You can clean them with a simple mop or broom. There are laminate floor cleaners available in the market. These cleansers are not very expensive and can increase the durability of your laminate floor. Floor waxing is not required in the laminate floors which makes it easier to clean and maintain.

Water-resistant:

You can use this type of flooring in the rooms with some semi-moist area. The semi-moist area of your house could be your kitchen and your powder area. As far as the planks of the floors, they are fixed with each other in a perfect manner, you do not need to worry about water ruining your flooring.

Durable:

Laminate flooring is long-lasting as compared to the wood flooring, it is because they have a covering over their lamination that protects the lamination sheet from all sorts of scratches and dents. It remains intact for a good 5 to 10 years.

Appearance:

Laminate flooring comes with a huge variety of colors and texture available in it. You can select the color of the lamination sheet as per your requirement. There is a number of textures available in the lamination sheet. The textures on these lamination sheets are consistent unlike woods and other floorings in which the texture is not consistent.

Cons of laminate flooring

Expert for installation:

Despite it being made in a click and lock mechanism, the installation of the laminate floor requires an expert. The ends and the adjoining surfaces of the laminate floor are a bit tricky to install and should be installed very carefully. If there is even a little gap left between the planks during the installation, it can be a little dangerous. Make sure that you opt for an expert when installing your laminate flooring. Consult the shopkeeper from which you are buying your flooring from and ask him if he knows about any expert.

Swelling:

Since this type of flooring is not waterproof, it is just water-resistant. Sometimes the floor swells up when moped excessively. The swelling in the flooring can cause a lot of trouble and one might have to change the whole flooring because of it. The swelling on the floor can be a little dangerous and looks bad, so if you have laminate flooring in your house or office be very careful when using water.  Using a laminate floor cleaner is recommended to avoid swelling of the floor.

Slippery:

Laminate floors are usually very slippery until and unless there is a slip-resistant layer over your flooring. The anti-slippery coating over the floor eventually wears out after some time and your floor can be slippery again. If you have kids or elderly people in your house, laminate flooring can be a little dangerous for them so either go for any other type of flooring or make sure that you have a slip-resistant layer over your floor all the time.

Low resale value:

When reselling your house, laminate flooring can be a drawback. It might not add any value to your pricing. Meanwhile, if you have wood or hardware flooring installed, they will add some value to the price that the purchaser is going to offer.

Non-biodegradable:

There is a layer of plastic in the laminate flooring. As we know that plastics are non-biodegradable and are the enemies of our environment. The average age of plastic is 10 years. In an era of “say no to plastic” installing laminate flooring can be a little brutal.

No polishing:

When you have wood flooring installed in your house and it gets a little dull after some time, you can always polish it and it will be new again. Meanwhile, if you have laminate flooring and it gets worn out after some time, you can repair or polish it. You have to change your flooring.

There are pros and cons to everything in life. How we decide to buy or install that thing and whether we should or not can be judged by looking at the advantages it has and the value it adds to our life or our house. A laminate floor has many benefits but at the same time, it has a few disadvantages as well. If you have already made up your mind about installing laminate flooring in your house then go for it, if not then try reading the cons of laminate flooring mentioned above. Be fully satisfied with the type of flooring you want in your house because flooring adds life to the house. It can make your house look amazing but if not chosen properly it can make your house look dull. Wrong flooring can kill the whole vibe of your house. Therefore, when opting for flooring in your house choose it according to the interior of your house.

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