Laminate Floor Buying Tips | Flooring Experts
Before you buy any type of wooden flooring, there are some things you need to know. The main attributes to look at are pricing, maintenance, and durability. It’s important that you pick a material to suit your flooring area and environment. Making sure you do your research and choose the right flooring will help ensure that you get the longest lifespan.
At Kildare Carpets And Flooring, one of our biggest sellers is laminate flooring. This is because it is durable, easy to maintain, and low cost. Laminate flooring is also good for high traffic areas, especially our high grade laminate flooring. The only thing that puts some buyers off laminate flooring is the inability for refinishing and painting, though the pros far out weigh the cons as laminate flooring has endless benefits.
We have created a list of factors that you need to take into consideration when choosing laminate flooring.
Laminate Floor Installation
Laminate flooring is usually pretty easy to install. Most laminate flooring is designed with a ‘click together’ mechanism which guides the pieces together as easy as a puzzle. Other types of laminate flooring may need attaching with adhesive to tightly secure them. We always recommend a professional lay your laminate flooring for the best finish.
Laminate Flooring Life Cycle
When choosing your floor, it is more important to think about long term cost than the cost of installation. You should be wary of how long the material will last and how it will hold up in the particular environment. For high volume areas, laminate flooring will eventually wear down and need replacing, unlike solid wood flooring or engineered hardwood. However, for homes, and low traffic areas, it is a very good option.
If you do need to replace laminate flooring, it is very easy to remove as the planks are usually just plugged together. This would be much harder with solid wood flooring nailed down.
Taking Care of Laminate Flooring
A benefit of laminate flooring is that they have a protective-wear layer which actually keeps most of the dirt and debris off the surface, which makes it easy to just sanitise when needed. Generally, a sweep, vacuum, and gentle clean with a mop will do the trick. Just make sure not to use a lot of water or make puddles on the laminate as this will damage it considerably.