Replacing your floors is a big project that makes a big impact on your home's appeal and value. If you need to replace the floors in one or more areas of your home, you need to understand all of your options in order to make a smart investment for your home. From hardwood and carpet to ceramic tile or concrete, the various flooring options available can be overwhelming.
Even though they are becoming a popular option in homes today, most homeowners are not entirely familiar with laminate floors. With this guide, you will learn a few surprising benefits of choosing laminate for one or more rooms in your home.
Flooring is a large investment, so you want a material that will stand the test of time. Fortunately, laminate offers the best of both worlds in terms of durability and affordability.
Manufacturers use a unique manufacturing process to create durable laminate. They press wood particles into sheets using high pressure. Then, they add photorealistic images to the top layer of the laminate sheet to create the wood or stone look for your floors. Finally, they add a top clear layer that acts as a protective coating.
To install laminate flooring, the laminate pieces are connected using a tongue-and-groove-like installation that is similar to traditional hardwood floors. This method of connection prevents any spacing between the laminate pieces.
The multiple layers, protective coating, and installation method ensure your laminate will stand up well to scratches, moisture, and UV rays. All in all, laminate floors can last up to 30 years.
Laminate is also one of the most versatile of all flooring materials. Laminate floors are available in a wide variety of colors and patterns, so you can find a look that works well with the rest of your home's décor. You can choose from a grey laminate that resembles stone or a dark walnut that offers a natural finish similar to real wood.
Laminate's versatility is not only centered on its overall look. This flooring material is versatile enough to use in any area of your home. Many homeowners love the look of wood for different rooms in their home. Unfortunately, wood will warp, buckle, and even rot if exposed to excess moisture, so it is not an ideal flooring choice for bathrooms. Laminate, on the other hand, can give you the wood-look you want without the worry of moisture damage.
Because of its intense durability and versatile look, laminate can be used in any area of your home, including rooms that have a higher moisture content, such as the bathroom, kitchen, or basement.
Laminate can benefit your home and the environment, since it is an eco-friendly flooring material. First off, laminate can be installed over existing floors, if preferred. This not only reduces the time and effort needed for installation, but it also reduces the amount of waste you need to add to local landfills.
Also, many brands state their laminate flooring products are manufactured out of 74 percent or more recycled content. Less trash means there will be less fuel/energy required to burn off waste in your landfills.
On the other hand, carpeting and hardwood flooring contain adhesive products, stains, and sealants with VOCs, or volatile organic compounds. VOCs are known to negatively affect air quality and increase your risk of allergies and respiratory issues.
Fortunately, laminate flooring is manufactured and installed in a way that protects your home from harmful VOCs. This eco-friendly material offers the look of wood or stone without harming the environment or your indoor air quality.
Laminate floors can be a real game changer, once you recognize its many benefits. For more information on laminate or to get started replacing your floors, contact Floors Unlimited today.