Home renovations don’t come cheap, however there are ways in which you can save on costs. Especially when it comes to the floor, lets say for example, you like wood but it’s a little out of your budget – there is always an alternative. Choosing something else doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the overall look of the floor. Allow us to introduce you to the perfect hardwood replica; laminate flooring..
What is it?
At a first glance you’d probably be fooled into thinking that laminate flooring was real wood, but= you’d be wrong, it is totally artificial. It is made up of four synthetic layers, the one at the bottom is the backing and protects the floor from any moisture that may seep through, the core is what gives it stability, the image layer is what gives the floor the look of real wood and finally there is a protective layer placed on top, this is what prevents the image from fading and generally protects the whole floor.
Why should you choose laminate flooring?
First of all because it is extremely durable, this is because of the layers that we have previously explained. These, in turn, make the floor very resistant to scratching and pretty much waterproof. Because of this, you don’t have to worry if there is high traffic in the room where you are installing it the floor or if you have children who may cause a spillage, provided you deal with it straight away. Laminate floor is very easy to maintain and is an affordable home renovation. In the event of serious damage to a plank you will may only need to replace that single one as oppose to the entire floor. Who would have thought that ‘cheap laminate flooring’ has just as much durability as real wood?
Is it versatile?
One of the reasons laminate flooring is just as good as real wood is that it mimics similar qualities, the main one being aesthetically. Just like solid wood floors, laminate is available in oak, walnut and acacia, only it’s a much lower price! With that in mind, we’re confident that there’s a laminate floor to suit any room or style, regardless of your taste or budget.
Is it easy to install?
Yes! This is actually one of the main advantages to laminate floors, their installation is one of the easiest on the market. There’s no need for glue or nails, in fact you will find that nearly every laminate floor comes with a tongue and groove click system. In other words, the floor only needs to be measured and simply slotted into place.. Easy!
Besides being one of the most affordable available and being incredibly durable, this floor is highly recommended for anyone who suffers from allergies to their surroundings (dust, pollen etc). Unlike carpets, laminate doesn’t collect and harbour dust or dirt, and it is very easy to get rid of any that is lingering. This added to the fact that moisture can’t penetrate in it makes laminate flooring one of the most hygienic floors. But not only it is practical, the floor is very comfortable, it has a very soft and warm touch under the feet that will make you very satisfied with he choice you made.
So there you have it, just a few of the many reasons that we would recommend laminate flooring for any home renovation!