Laminate flooring is one of the best flooring options today, thanks in-part to technology. To understand if this is the right flooring choice for your home or office, let’s examine laminate flooring in more detail.

What exactly is laminate flooring? Well, it looks like hardwood, is a little bit of vinyl tiling and a little bit of engineered floor. In other words, it’s sort of a hybrid flooring option which is viable and cost effective.

laminate floor exampleIn technical terms though, laminate flooring can be understood as having two thin layers of paper filled with melamine. The layer you see is literally a photograph of wood grain or stone and it is covered by a hard layer which makes it resistant to dents and scratches.

There are a host of pros and cons with laminate flooring that should be considered carefully. Let’s explore the advantages first. Laminate flooring is very easy to clean, stain resistant and easy to install. Laminate is also quite affordable compared to hardwood flooring which makes it a durable, cost-effective alternative to wood.

Although laminate is quite durable, it isn’t scratch-proof nor can it be sanded and refinished as wood can. Therefore, if laminate flooring gets scratched or damaged in any way, the pieces need to be removed and replaced instead of refinished.

Although laminate flooring is touted as ‘easy-to-install’ that’s assuming that all do-it-yourself homeowners are of the same skill-level. Before you decide to take on what may be an arduous task, please consult with the experts at Floor Coverings International of Wheaton & Naperville. You may find that it’s quicker, pain-free, and quite affordable to have true professionals install laminate flooring for you.

Give us a call at 630-653-6100 to schedule your free laminate floor consultation today.

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