One of the main advantages of laminate flooring is that it is less expensive to install, as little or no gluing or nailing is needed – most laminate products are “click and lock.” It’s easy to clean, too.
Although laminate flooring is often known by its brand name, Pergo, there are many different manufacturers, i.e.: Dupont, Mannington and Armstrong. (Laminate flooring is mainly manufactured by companies that make synthetic floor coverings.)
Recent advances in manufacturing process have come to make laminate flooring closer in look to real wood. That’s because laminate flooring is a surface layer of two thin sheets of paper impregnated with melamine. This surface layer is a photograph of wood grain, and if well made is covered by a hard transparent layer highly resistant to dog toe-nails, chairs scratches, high heels, dropped pots, etc. Under the wood-grain photograph is about a half-inch of wood-chip composite.
Laminate comes in different thicknesses, from 6 mm and up to 12mm. The thicker the laminate, the better, both in the click-and-lock joints and in the insulation provided.
Laminate flooring installation is the perfect solution for the cost-conscious buyer. The product AND the installation are less expensive than solid or engineered hardwood, but still provides a sturdy, attractive flooring alternative to carpet.
Laminate Floors – A Very Durable Surface
Unlike wood, which can dent, laminate flooring is almost impervious to dents and scratches. Laminate flooring has what’s called in the industry a “wear layer” that protects the photographic layer underneath. Some manufacturers, DuPont in particular, give very generous 10+ year warranties on this wear layer.
Laminate Floors Have No Defects
Unlike real hardwood, which comes with many imperfect pieces that need to be thrown out or re-engineered, there are little or no defects in laminate flooring.
Laminate is Good for Moist Places
Laminate flooring can be installed in bathrooms, kitchens, and other places where you encounter “topical moisture.” (Remember, however, it will not tolerate standing pools of water. Of course, neither solid hardwood nor engineered hardwood can tolerate standing water, either. For heavy moisture, you need a very impervious surface like vinyl or tile.)
Laminate Floors Are Easy to Clean
Just use a vacuum or broom. Mop with a slightly damp mop. No floor waxing needed.
Laminate Floors Are Resistant To Stains
Laminate flooring’s tough surface resists stains. And if you do get a stain, it’s easy to clean off.
How Much Does it Cost to Install Laminate Floors?
The price of laminate floors has many factors including the type of laminate and the size of the room(s). Make sure you find a floor contractor that will give you a free in home estimate. Contact The FloorMan today for a FREE in home estimate.