Laminate flooring offers the look of hardwood or stone flooring, but without the expense and required maintenance. Laminate flooring usually is made from high-density fiber or wood particles, with a laminate overlay that is designed to look like wood or stone. A clear, hard layer is placed on top, giving the laminate floor its durability. Laminate flooring has become a popular way to update the look of a home.
Advantages of Laminate Floors
- Pricing and Installation Laminate for flooring is cheaper and easier to install than hardwood flooring. Prices range from about $1.50 per sq. ft. to $3 per sq. ft, but you can find better deals from laminate flooring wholesalers and from online distributors.
- Laminate flooring can be placed on top of almost any existing floor, excluding carpet, and several manufacturers offer a glue-free, tongue-and-groove system. The interlocking planks make it an easy installation for weekend warriors and it can be uninstalled without damaging the laminate or the original flooring underneath. o
- Laminate flooring works well in high-traffic areas and homes with pets. It is scratch-resistant, durable, and easy to clean. Just use a dust mop or a mop dampened with water. Most manufacturers offer at least a 10-year warranty on their product.
- Laminate flooring can add to the resale value of your home. Most home buyers are looking for hardwood floors instead of carpet. The laminate floor gives you the wood look for less and can make your home look more open and modern. It also is environmentally friendly because it uses less wood – if any – in its construction. *