Advantages of Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring is much less expensive than hardwood, but it doesn’t fall short on quality and appearance. If you’re on a budget, yet you love the look of hardwood, laminate flooring allows you to get the look without the breaking the bank.
Laminate is protected by a tough external layer and resin coating, which makes it strong, scratch-resistant and highly durable. It’s also resistant to fading from sunlight. If you have small children and pets, or you need flooring for an area that involves high traffic, laminate is the perfect choice.
Easy to clean. Unlike hardwood, the stain resistant nature of laminate flooring makes cleaning up spills easy – no special cleaners required. Just be sure to clean up spills quickly however, as laminate is not waterproof.
Easy to install. Laminate boards are designed to interlock, making them very easy to work with. They can also be put over most existing floors, saving installation time. The process is so simple that many homeowners install laminate themselves.
Style Variation. You can find laminate flooring in a variety of styles, from wood to stone and tile finishes. All of these are available in different colors, surface treatments, thickness and plank styles.
Laminate Flooring vs. Other Floor Coverings
|Competitor Material||Different From Laminate||Similar to Laminate|
|Vinyl flooring||Vinyl flooring is flexible, contains only vinyl product, and is 100 percent impervious to water. Vinyl flooring does not need to acclimate to a room prior to installation.||Vinyl is the closest non-laminate cousin of laminate. It is competitively priced, equally easy for do-it-yourselfers to install, and has a similar look.|
|Solid hardwood||Hardwood is 100-percent solid wood. Laminate has no solid wood product. Solid hardwood is thick and can be sanded and re-sanded many times. Laminate is thin and can never be sanded.||Solid hardwood and laminate flooring can look remarkably alike, especially from a distance. High-definition imaging techniques make some laminate flooring a dead-ringer for real hardwood.|
|Engineered wood||Engineered wood has a plywood base topped with a veneer of 100-percent real wood. Laminate has no plywood and no natural real wood veneer top.||Both engineered wood and laminate have a base that made of manufactured wood. Both products can look remarkably similar, especially with the premium laminates.|
|Stone||Laminate flooring contains no stone product. Stone is hard, solid, and thick. Laminate is flexible, breakable, and thin.||As with the hardwood-to-laminate comparison, higher-end laminate flooring can look very much like stone.|
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