Laminate floors can rival wood floors at a fraction of the cost
When you think laminate you probably picture the mustard yellow/puke green octagon flooring in your grandmother's house that is fading and peeling. What you might not think about is how far laminate has come in the last 50 years.
First, let's talk about style. Instead of the dreaded vomit savoir-faire, you can now choose from thousands of different colors, patterns, and designs. Styles vary from mock marble to imitation hardwoods. They look pretty realistic too. But what makes it really great is just how easy it is to care for.
This is not your parent's laminate floors
BENEFITS of laminate
Unlike real hardwoods, laminate flooring is long lasting and durable. The wear layer is thick and tough; gone are the days of cringing everytime your darling little one drops a toy or tries to play with his race cars. Laminate isn't just scratch resistant, it is also not susceptible to staining, fading by sunlight or the effects of extreme weather conditions.
The ease of laminate over hardwood is obvious, but why choose laminate over tile? The answer is simple.
The installation of laminate is a breeze in comparison to laying a tile floor. The prep time, tools and skills needed to lay tile are significantly more than what is required to install laminate. Here's an overview of how to lay laminate flooring ; compare this to what goes into installing real wood.
So if you're going it alone, laminate is a time and money saver, or if you're paying a professional it will save you hundreds in labor costs.
It's Always About the Money
After all, you likely wouldn't be reading this if real wood and laminate floors costed the exact same. And speaking of cost, you can't get more bang for your buck. Laminate is cheaper than carpet and at least half the price of real hardwoods and a tiny fraction of the cost of marble. The saving continues over the course of years and decades, as laminate will not need to be resanded, replaced, or repaired.
Since installation and price are such easy considerations you can do the whole house in one go or one room at a time as your finances allow.
Drawbacks / cons of LAMINATE
It's not all roses and ice cream, though. Here are 3 disadvantages of laminate floors:
When all factors are considered, including prices, installation, and durability, laminate is the only logical choice. It's beautiful, easy to install, easy to maintain and its beauty will last for decades. If hardwood floors are Kim Kardashian then laminate floors are the way cooler and easy going Isla Fisher. Both gorgeous but one will surely outlast the other.
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