One of the joys and frustrations of living in 21st century America is the incredible array of options we have. If you’re remodeling your floors, for example, you can choose from classics like hardwood, carpet, and linoleum, but you’ll also have options like resilient flooring, cork, bamboo, quarry tiles, and (of course) laminate. Incredibly popular these days, laminate flooring is known for its affordability, durability, and the ease with which it can be installed. If you’re considering using laminate in your home, read the pros and cons of laminate flooring that we’ve assembled below. You might gain some valuable insight!
Pros and Cons of Laminate Flooring
AFFORDABILITY. If you adore hardwood but you despise its high price, laminate is an affordable alternative with a very similar appearance. Plus, because it’s easy to install (see below), you’ll save money on the installation. To increase your savings, try installing the floor yourself!
EASY & CONVENIENT INSTALLATION. Modern laminate planks interlock, so you can simply snap the floor together. Even amateurs can tackle this basic remodeling job, and you should be able to finish in 2-3 days. Plus, laminate can be installed on top of another hard-floor surface (like hardwood, concrete, or linoleum), making preparation a breeze.
DURABLE. Due to its composition, laminate flooring is well-protected. The “wear layer” on top protects the photographic layer beneath, so dents and scratches are never a problem. This is especially useful if you have pets or children, or if your home hosts a lot of heavy foot traffic.
LOW-MAINTENANCE. Despise household chores? No problem! Laminate doesn’t need extensive cleaning, and you’ll never have to wax it. All laminate requires is a vacuum or broom and, from time to time, a damp mop.
LACK OF AUTHENTICITY. Although it can look very similar and it contains a thin layer of wood, laminate is not hardwood flooring. This lack of authenticity is troubling to some homeowners, but it’s a personal preference.
LACK OF WORTH. Laminate won’t add a lot of value to your home, unlike hardwood. It’s affordability and easy installation detract from its overall value. It’s also less likely to attract homebuyers when you decide to sell your house.
WARPING. Although laminate can confront light moisture, large amounts of standing liquid (for example, puddles that aren’t cleaned up promptly) can result in unattractive warping. However, it’s important to realize that this is a con of hardwood as well (though hardwood can sometimes be repaired after water damage).
HARD TO REPAIR. If your laminate flooring is deeply damaged (heavily worn, scratched, grooved, etc.), you will have to ignore or replace it. Unlike true hardwood, it cannot be sanded down or refinished.
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Laminate’s popularity is hardly surprising. No, it’s not hardwood, but it’s still beautiful, affordable, and very low-maintenance. If you’re interested in purchasing laminate flooring, be sure to check out the selection offered at Curran Design Center, a small, family-owned and -operated business located in Nixa, Missouri. With brands like Bella Cera and Shaw, which are easy to install, easy to maintain, and available in a variety of styles, you can be sure that you’ll find the right flooring product to suit your style, home, and budget. To learn more about our laminate flooring options, please give us a call at 417-724-1018 or click here for a free consultation.