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Laminate Flooring, Pros and Cons Laminate Flooring has grown much in popularity over the last decade and has in many ways nearly flooded the flooring market with a wide range of choices available

Although most of these floors are good quality and will give you great performance there are unfortunately also some that are below industry standards, generally you get what you pay for so if it's cheap then make sure to do your homework on the Brand and it is always a good idea to ask for references where the same floor were installed a few years earlier.

Pros

  • Variety of choice - There are a huge variety of Laminate Floors available in the market from colours, different grains, surface textures, various plank lengths, patterns and new choices are being added yearly by the manufacturers.
  • Price and Looks - Laminate Floors are very affordable compared to Solid Wood floors, with most of the laminates looking very similar to your more expensive wood floors. This is possible due to the high resolution of print combined with grain and texture effects being applied to the laminate planks, making it look very authentic.
  • Fuss Free Installation - This is mostly due to the fact that laminate is a floating floor which means it doesn't get fixed to the sub floor. In turn this makes it a good DIY product but also means that it is fairly quick to install with minimum amounts of dust and fumes and it is easy to remove should you want to replace it in the future.
  • Durability - Laminate Floors are very durable with features like scratch, stain, impact and fade resistance. Most Laminate Floors comes with an 8 to 15 year guarantee on average and if well looked after it will last even longer. Again you get what you pay for so make sure you buy from a reputable supplier.
  • Versatile - You can install laminate floors in nearly any part of the house, not recommended for very moist or wet areas like bathroom. It can also be installed on nearly any sub floor like concrete, wood sheets or plywood and vinyl floors, as long as the sub floors is even, low moisture levels and don't give way under pressure or weight.
Cons
Like anything in this world each product including flooring has it's up and down sides and so does laminate flooring.
  • Moisture - Most Laminate Floors are very susceptible to high moisture or water damage due to the High Density Fibre core which is made from. It is important to make sure that there are no moisture issues before installing a laminate floor and therefore it is not recommended to install laminate floors in bathrooms and care should be taken when installing over existing solid wood floors, as specially not recommended over parquet floors. Excessive water use for cleaning can also damage laminate floors, it is recommended to only use a damp cloth for cleaning - do not use conventional mops and don't spray cleaners directly onto the floor but rather onto the cloth and spills should be cleaned up immediately.

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Laminate Flooring has grown much in popularity over the last decade and has in many ways nearly flooded the flooring market with a wide range of choices available.

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