Whilst the advantages of laminate flooring are substantial and suited to the hustle and bustle of modern living, it is also important to consider their disadvantages so that you can make an informed decision when considering laminate flooring for your home.
Laminate Flooring Advantages:
Money Saving: Laminate flooring will benefit your bank balance much better than any other floor on the market. It can be as much as 2-3 times less in price than that of hardwood flooring, and much cheaper than carpet. It will also save you money in the long run as you will not need to replace it in years to come due to its heavy-duty surface layer.
Long Lasting & Durable: Unlike hardwood flooring, tile or carpet, laminate flooring will not fade in the sunlight and is resistant to the rigours of everyday life such as stains, impacts and scratches. This is due to its incredibly durable melamine plastic wear layer used on the top surface of laminate flooring. When you combine this with a tough core-board beneath, which can withstand up to 1,200 pounds of pressure per square inch, you will begin to see how truly versatile this product can be.
Easy Installation: The installing of laminate flooring is a piece of cake, which is a huge benefit to everyone from qualified carpenters to the avid DIY enthusiast. With no need for any special glues, the tongue & groove click system will easily slot together like a jigsaw. Laminate floors simply float on the surface of an underlay. This means that a laminate floor can be laid on top of multiple surfaces such as wood, plywood, concrete or even existing vinyl flooring. Most laminate floors can be laid down over radiant heated concrete slabs also.
Vast Array of Choices: With the sheer abundance of choice, patterns and textures which perfectly mimic the look and feel of real wood, you may find yourself asking the question: “Why I would even consider paying double the price for a real hardwood floor?”
Easy Cleaning: Once you’ve installed your laminate flooring, be it in a living room, bedroom, office, cafe, or bustling high street store, soon enough you’ll need to clean it. Well guess what? cleaning a laminate floor is pure child’s-play. With no need for special waxes or polish, a simple dust or vacuum, followed by the wipe of a damp cloth or mop will be enough to return your dirtied floor back to its former glory.
Hypo Allergenic: Laminate flooring is a huge benefit to people who suffer with allergies because it is quick to clean and does not absorb dust in the same way a carpet might. It is a particularly clean & sanitary product due to its airtight locking system and plastic exterior which acts as a shield against moisture.
Structurally Stable: Laminate flooring is extremely stable which will ensure the floor will not contract or expand like real hardwood. Should moisture get in, or permanent damage be caused to the surface or core-board, laminate flooring can be easily replaced.
Environmentally Friendly: The HDF core of a laminate floor plank is made of either ecologically sustainable pine trees or post-industrial wood waste that may otherwise have been burned or dumped in a landfill. Laminate flooring will give you the look and feel of a hardwood floor without impacting upon exotic or endangered species.
Laminate Flooring Disadvantages:
So, with all the advantages of laminate flooring above, I’ll bet you’re wondering what the disadvantages are? Well there aren’t many, but here they are.
Not All Laminates Are Created Equally: Although laminate flooring is scratch resistant, heavy dogs with sharp claws may inflict damage to the wear layer. As a result, we would advise that dog owners should either install the floors in rooms that are out of bounds to dogs, clip the dogs’ claws regularly, or buy laminate flooring with a high abrasion code such as AC4 or AC5.
Not Ideal for Wet Areas: It is not recommended to install laminate flooring in a house that has high moisture or in a bathroom where pools of water are common. If moisture soaks into the HDF core-board it may swell or get infested with mildew. Once this happens it must be replaced. However, with new advances in laminate floor technology new water-resistant laminate may make these concerns a thing of the past. (* Please ask about our new range of aqua flooring available exclusively from CK Doors & Floors)
Not Easily Repairable Once Damaged: Once damaged, laminate flooring is not easily repaired. It cannot be buffered, sanded down, or polished like hardwood flooring. Repair kits are available, but they mostly just mask the damage. Planks that get damaged must be completely replaced if the surface layer is damaged severely as deep scratches will leave the HDF core open to moisture or dirt.
Potential Injury: Some laminate floors such as those with a Piano or High Gloss finish can be slippery and lead to injury.