By Lucrece Le Bris. Laminate Flooring. Published at Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 - 16:23:10 PM.
Laminate flooring has grown by leaps and bounds in a very short period of time. The reason behind the rapid laminate wood flooring growth is the ease of installing laminate flooring. This wood flooring system is a floating floor that has a laminate flooring underlayment on which the laminate floor lays over top of. Another benefit to having a laminate floor system is the durability of the floor. Laminate flooring manufacturers are using new technologies to create a very dense fiber wood core with a very durable top plastic coating.
If you be desperate to save money on laminate flooring in that case don't buy cheap laminate flooring but rather buy inexpensive flooring from a supplier that has a reputation to uphold. The best case in point of this is the local home improvement super store. From time to time they will get laminate flooring that is of good quality but their price is so low that it seems too good to be true. That super store has many to lose if you buy that flooring and it turns out to be cheaply made so you are pretty safe buying inexpensive laminate flooring from the local home improvement super store. You will end up getting what you pay for if you do not do your homework and if you try and buy cheap laminate flooring from a less than reputable supplier then you are asking for trouble. Flooring is particularly important so make sure you make the right choice when you go to buy your laminate flooring and make the choice that not only makes sense for your wallet but furthermore makes good business sense as well.
Laminate vs. Hardwood. Tough decision, but it's ultimately up to you. First, let me say that I always tell potential buyers that it doesn't matter what your neighbor thinks or what your bridge partner thinks — it is what you want. Do not let anyone influence your decision based on their likes or dislikes. There are 100 different flavors of ice cream for a reason. I am shocked by how many people actually fall in love with a color or style. Then they say, ”Let me keep it a couple of extra days so I can show my kids.” They then return the sample and either buy nothing or completely change the product from the one they initially chose. It is you who will be looking at the product every day and it should be you who makes the ultimate choice of what you want to see. Now we move to the discussion of laminate vs. hardwood flooring. I always say to people that hardwood will actually increase the value of your home. Laminate flooring normally does not. With that said, let's discuss what makes sense. If I install hardwood and laminate into an average active American household with 3 children, there's a fair chance that in 5 years my hardwood may look worn, but the laminate should basically still look good. Now which home really held its value? Yet, I can refinish the hardwood and immediately replace the value. But remember, that refinish will cost money. So we are kind of going around in circles. Laminate flooring is much more difficult to scratch, will not fade from sunlight, and is more water resistant than hardwood. Water is not a friend to laminate flooring by any means, but water can ruin hardwood flooring also. Laminate flooring is a snap to repair; and when you repair the board, you will never know it was repaired as it does not change appearance over time. Hardwood is more of a tedious repair and you may notice the repair was made until it blends in with wear. Pet urine can hurt both products. Your pet's claws will be much more disturbing to the hardwood finish. It takes a lot to scratch laminate flooring, but it can be scratched and it is not bulletproof. No matter what the finish on a hardwood floor has, abrasions will be noticed. The scratches normally do not get to the wood, but will disturb the finish coat layer. I have hardwood flooring and my big boxer dog does occasionally put a mark into the wear finish. Another option of hardwood is a distressed or rustic look. Hand scraped or rustic products will not show these abrasions and actually add to the character. If you have a major scratch in the finish, you simply rub some Old English into the scratch and it will basically vanish. The results will not be the same with a smooth or more formal finish. Laminate flooring will take a lot of abuse, but it is an image of a hardwood and tries its best to imitate a hardwood or tile floor. It will not sound, look, or smell like a real hardwood. Hardwood is genuine and can be harvested from different parts of the world. Exotic woods are now controlled by what is called the Lacey Act. Manufacturers today must comply with the act assuring that hardwood foresting is done with a prioritized concern for the environment. This has eliminated illegal foresting in other parts of the world which has translated into higher exotic wood prices. Hardwoods come from real trees giving the product unmatched beauty and elegance. Laminate flooring on average is less expensive than hardwood flooring. A good solid local retail flooring store should be able to show you the differences between laminate and hardwood flooring which should allow a much better decision on what is best for you and your family. But remember, it is ultimately up to you.
If possible, try buying an extra box or two of discontinued laminate flooring will help eliminate that problem, plus allowing you to have some on hand in case of damage later on. If you have to replace damaged pieces, they will be impossible to find and the appearance of your floor will have to suffer. Not a word in the English language is more definite than the word cheap. If a supplier chooses to use the word cheap in describing their product then you may want to consider again about buying it. Certainly the supplier could choose to use the word inexpensive or even the word value when describing their lower quality line of laminate flooring however using the phrase cheap laminate flooring says a great deal concerning the supplier and none of it is good.
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