Laminate Flooring: Pros & Cons

June 7, 2017

In these modern times, a homeowner has a variety of options to choose from when they are trying to pick a flooring. It’s no longer just wood or carpet. Because of this, it is not uncommon to receive questions about which flooring options are good and which are not. And when it comes to your home, nothing can ever be too good.

One of the many options that you will be faced to choose from is laminate flooring, but you might still be wondering whether or not it is the right option for you. Because of this, I encourage you to look at the pros and cons of laminate flooring to see whether this flooring option is the best option for you and your home.

**Note: Laminate flooring is one of the more popular choices for U.S. homes.

Pros

It Is Durable

If you speak with a manufacturer, they will likely tell you that they back their floors with warranties up to 15 or even 30 years. Why? Because they are durable. Laminate is made of four different layers of different types of wood and a melamine resin that is put on the bottom and the top layer. Because of this it is very resistant and will not fade when sunlight or any artificial light hits it.

It Is Easy To Install

When I say easy, I mean it. Installing a laminate floor is remarkably easy and simple. In fact, it’s so simple that you can do it in a day. It can even be installed directly over your old floor, meaning less work for you. They also have no imperfections or defects like real hardwood can often have.

Lots Of Options

Not only can you get laminate that imitates the look of wood, but also laminate that looks like ceramic or stone, something that is unique and cost-effective. Because the options are so varied, it is incredibly easy to find a type that fits perfectly with any room and any décor in any home.

It Is A Cheap Option

Laminate also happens to be a fraction of the price compared to other flooring options. This may not be a factor for some people, but if you are on any kind of budget, it can help to have an option that costs significantly less while still looking nice to anyone who comes to your home.

Cons

It Is Hard Under Your Foot

Because it is merely placed right over another flooring and there is only a foam underlayment, this floor can often feel very hard underneath your feet, causing many to be unhappy. On a similar note, it will not give insulation to a room unlike carpet flooring.

It Is Not Real Wood

Because it is not real wood, it does not look like real wood close up. For some this is not worth their money. Since it costs a lot less than other floors, especially real hardwood, it can bring down the resale value of your home or look a little cheaper than real hardwood flooring.

It Cannot Be Refurbished

Real hardwood floors can be sanded and refinished to keep it looking nice and new. However, if you purchase laminate flooring you are not able to do this, since it only has a very thin layer of the actual wood. If you damage any of the planks of a laminate floor you have to remove them and install new ones.

It Can Warp

This is common for hardwood floors as well, but laminate tends to be susceptible to damage by warping or staining.

Every pro and every con is entirely valid and should certainly be considered. The truth is, it comes down to what type of home you have, what type of budget you have, and what type of floor you really want.

However, my consensus is that laminate flooring a great option because it is used extensively and it is affordable. This may not be something that you are concerned with, but for the average homeowner, considering a budget is a necessary factor to consider when purchasing a floor. Laminate is cheaper than using real hardwood and it still looks very nice. And it is always nice to know that you can install it on your own with incredible ease.

Laminate flooring is not the choice for everyone, and that’s okay. However, you can’t deny that it’s a floor worth considering.

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