Advantages of laminate flooring
Laminate flooring has long been a favourite of homeowners who want the look and feel of real wood without the expense and often difficult upkeep and maintenance. There are so many types on the market that there is the perfect option for every taste, budget and requirement. If you are considering laminate flooring for your home, here are some of the main advantages.
It is very durable
Laminate is designed and manufactured to withstand household use and regular foot traffic. While this doesn’t mean it can take anything you throw at it, it is certainly more durable than many other flooring types and is great for busy rooms in your home, such as hallways and living areas. If you need a particularly tough floor in certain areas, check the manufacturer’s guidelines to make sure you find the right flooring for your needs – some can withstand more traffic and wear and tear than others.
It is affordable
Laminate flooring is available at all price points now – it is possible to find budget flooring if you don’t want to spend too much and equally possible to get luxury, high-end laminate for when you want an extra special finish. It is far cheaper than solid wood flooring and is perfect for anyone who loves the timeless charm of a real wooden floor but doesn’t have the budget to justify it. Bear in mind that it is generally far cheaper to install laminate that solid wood flooring; in fact, you might even be able to lay it yourself if you are moderately DIY-savvy.
It is hygienic
Laminate is simple to look after and clean. You can use a vacuum, brush, mop or cloth on most laminate floors and you will notice it is very quick to cover the whole floor when vacuuming – especially compared with carpet – as everything is picked up right away. You don’t need any specialist tools or equipment to keep your laminate flooring looking clean and fresh. It is also great for those with allergies, as there is nowhere for allergens such as pollen and animal dander to hide.
It is suitable for all rooms
Laminate can be used in all rooms – even those with high humidity, such as bathrooms, kitchens and utility rooms. Just check that your chosen flooring is suitable for use in such spaces – the manufacturer will make this clear in the product details. Being able to use the same flooring in the whole home gives you a clean, flowing look throughout the property.