With its modern polished and stylish look hardwood flooring is currently one of the most popular types of flooring people are currently buying. With such a vast range available within showrooms and stores is can often be very difficult to choose the right floor for yourself and one that you like and can often be very confusing. Of course price also plays an important factor as installing a new floor is not always cheap but when done correctly will not only last for years but look spectacular as well. There are three main options to choose from when selecting, Engineered hardwood, solid hardwood and finally laminate. Most people choose the one of the first two options but here are a few reasons why you should consider the last: laminate flooring.
Laminate flooring is effectively made up by compressing scraps of wood in resin and actually looks like a normal wood floor would. To the casual bystander they would not be able to spot the difference. These floors cost as little as a quarter of the price of solid or engineered hard wood flooring without losing the look of a normal wood flooring.
2. Colour Quality
Over a number of years if exposed to sunlight, hardwood flooring can be subject to fading unless they are sanded and re-polished. Due to the resin used in the construction of Laminate flooring they are practically resistant to fading.
3. Easy Installation
Solid or Engineered hardwood flooring more often than not have to be nailed or glued into place. This can make it tricky for a beginner D.I.Y amateur. This is not the case with laminate flooring. With the use of the tongue and groove system, these floors are very easy and simple to install.
Hardwood floors while strong and subject to being marked and scratched and require sanding to remove these. Laminate flooring is vastly superior in durability and are resistant to both staining and scratching. This negates the need to sand the floor every few years and then having to polish them.
Floors constructed with real wood are very subject to denting. Imagine you drop something heavy on the floor it would leave a dent and be noticeable. This is not the case with Laminate which is not only resistant to the impact of something being dropped on it but also to the floor being cut.
Laminate flooring is very easy to clean even something as simple as a damp cloth or towel can be used to wipe it.
7. Install Anywhere
Installing engineered Hardwood is easier than installing solid hardwood but both have their drawbacks in being laid over other materials especially when it comes to time constraints and difficulty over solid stone or concrete. With its tongue and groove system laminate flooring can easily installed over lots of different materials in different places even a mixture of materials ensuring installation is not only simple and easy but provides endless options.
As laminate floors are neither glued nor nailed to the surface they are laid on they literally float. This makes it the ideal floor than can be lifted and replaced whenever you like with minimal mess.
9. Friendly to the Environment
As mention laminate floor is constructed of scraps of hardwood that is compressed in resin. As these wood scraps would normally be thrown it, it negates any wastage which occurs with engineered or solid wood flooring which require cutting into planks.