The benefits of laminate flooring
Here are just a few of the reasons you can’t go wrong with laminate flooring:
Laminate flooring is designed to be quick and easy to install. Depending on your skill level, you may even be able to install it yourself, saving the cost of professional installation. Most people with DIY experience should be able to lay a laminate floor in a regular-shaped room with minimal hassle. You will need a few pieces of kit, but these are readily available from DIY stores or flooring retailers. If you decide to hire someone to lay your floor, this is a very quick job in most cases and professionals can re-floor a single room in just a few hours.
Easy to clean
Unlike solid wood flooring, which requires specialist attention and care, laminate is very versatile when it comes to cleaning. You can vacuum, sweep, mop, dust or polish it to keep it looking its best. Just be sure that you only use products and accessories suitable for your flooring and you will have no problems. As it is so easy to clean, it is perfect for homes in which a family member has allergies. There are no nooks and crannies in which dust, pollen and other allergens can get trapped, meaning everything is removed when you vacuum.
The earliest laminates were not suitable for use in rooms with high levels of moisture, as water could seep between the joins and damage the flooring; however, laminate became so popular so quickly that manufacturers soon addressed this issue to provide homeowners with more flexibility. Many modern laminates have excellent moisture-resistance credentials and can be installed in humid spaces, such as bathrooms, kitchens and utility rooms. Check the manufacturer’s instructions and advice before you install laminate in these rooms to make sure it is OK.
The main selling point of laminate for most people is its appearance. It perfectly replicates the appearance of solid wood, but for a fraction of the cost. It is also easier to install, clean and maintain. Laminate is so versatile that you can achieve just about any finish you like. How about soft, soothing grey for a relaxing bedroom, warm pine in a traditional family kitchen, or striking bamboo in a modern living room? The possibilities are endless and it has never been easier to find the perfect match for your home’s style and decor.