What is laminate flooring?
Laminate flooring is basically constructed in layers.’ Backing’ or the bottom layer is specifically designed for the purpose of resisting moisture that cause boards to wrap. On top of the backing is the inner core; this core forms high density fiberboards that are reinforced with special resins that further enhance moisture resistance apart from increasing durability.
The top layer is always the wear layer. This is the layer that protects the design from scratches, fading as well as any damages caused by wear and tear. Laminate flooring faithfully reproduces stone wood as well as other natural resources. Even though laminate is easy while installing, it has its negative aspects as well. Here are the pros and cons of laminate flooring
1. Easy to install
It’s quite easy to install 300 square feet in a single weekend. When dealing with older types of laminate flooring, you can use glue to attach several pieces together. Newer laminate flooring types have ’click-clock designs’. Click-clock designs are often combined using dry glue that’s already on that product. It requires a swipe of wet water or even a cloth to wipe it
2. It has a very durable surface
Unlike wood that dents, laminate flooring cannot have dents or even scratches. Laminate flooring consists of wear layers that protects underneath photographic layers. Some manufacturers can give a warranty that spans for a period that exce3eds 10 years
3. No bad pieces
Unlike real hardwoods that come with several imperfect pieces that must be thrown out or even re-engineered, you will never find defects in laminate flooring
4. Perfect for moist pieces
It’s easy to install laminate flooring on bathrooms, kitchens as well as other places where you may encounter topical moisture; but again, it doesn’t tolerate stagnant pools of water. However, engineered woods or solid hardwoods do not tolerate stagnant waters as well. For heavy moisture, you will require an impervious surface like tile or vinyl
5. Easy to clean
You can use a vacuum or even a broom. Slightly use a damp mop while mopping. Floor waxing isn’t necessary while cleaning
6. Resists stain
The tough surface in laminate flooring ensures that the surface resists stain. Just in case you find some stains, cleaning up is quite easy
1. Not real wood
There are people who get bothered by this while some aren’t. Technically speaking, wood is involved while doing laminate flooring; this is because there are wood chip layers bases. But for all purposes and intents, laminate flooring is not wood.
2. Hard under foot
Form underlayment assists in dampening this spirit but its still there because of hard under foot
In the past, laminate flooring has always been slippery. In the recent past, manufacturers have been making attempts to develop wear layers that are slip-resistant – Golden Elite Group
4. Lower resale value
Engineered woods or good hard woods give better values whenever you are selling your house
5. Not refinish-able or sand-able
This is actually the biggest disadvantage associated with laminate flooring. Whenever laminate flooring is deeply scratched, heavily worn or even grooved, it cannot be refinished or sanded as compared to hardwood. It has to be replaced