Laminate Floors Pros & Cons
Nowadays, more than ever, people are concerned not only with finding the right floor for their home but also finding one that is economical as well. The two most economical flooring choices today are carpet and laminate. Laminate floors are designed to be less expensive than most hardwoods and natural stones while giving you the same realistic look. These floors can be more practical for your home and lifestyle but before purchasing a laminate floor, here are some things to consider:
- There are many different styles, colors and patterns of laminate to choose from
- Laminate flooring can be significantly less expensive than real hardwood, tile or natural stone.
- Laminate can withstand water and moisture better than hardwood
- Laminate can withstand pets and scratches better than some species of hardwood
- Laminate is softer than tile and natural stones so items are less likely to break if dropped on a laminate floor as opposed to tile or natural stone
- Laminate is resistant to sunlight fading and staining unlike hardwood flooring.
- Higher quality laminate has the look of real hardwood or stone but without the cost or maintenance that can be associated with natural products.
- The durability and low maintenance of laminate make it a good choice for those who have a busy household or a home with children and pets.
- Laminate is stain resistant
- Laminate is one of the most simple floors to install
- Laminate flooring can be installed over many types of existing floors since it is never secured directly to the subfloor but is floated over the subfloor.
- Laminate floors are easy to clean and maintain.
- Not real wood or real stone
- Can be slippery
- Some people don’t like the sound of walking on a laminate floor because it has more of a hollow sound. With technology and the advances made in newer laminate products (and more premium laminate products) and better underlayment, this is less of a problem.
- Lower quality laminates and laminates of the past look cheap.
- Use of multiple cleaners can leave a build up of residue and a film on the surface.
- Laminate flooring is not a “green” product.
- The life cycle of laminate floors is typically going to be shorter than the life cycle of a wood floor (depending on maintenance).
- Lower-end laminates may last only 10–15 years
- Can not resand or refinish.
- Lower resale value when selling your house