The benefits of laminate flooring that you didn’t know about
We all want our flooring to fulfil a certain number of criteria. It not only needs to look good, but also has to suit the style of our home, to meet our budget and to be durable enough to withstand wear and tear.
Different types of flooring suit different needs and budgets, but there is one type that has a lot going for it on all counts – laminate flooring. Laminate has many benefits you may not have thought about, and here we list just a few.
Ease of installation
One of the main advantages of laminate is that it is so easy to install. Most people can do it themselves, as it requires no special materials and no real expertise – just a bit of common sense.
Most laminate floors, such as those available at http://www.ukflooringdirect.co.uk/laminate-flooring, come as tongue and groove systems, which simply snap together without the need for messy glues or nails. It is simple to cut, even around obstacles, and can be laid on top of most floors, including concrete, plywood, real wood or existing vinyl.
Cheap as chips
There is a wide range of laminate floor in a huge variety of styles, colours and designs to suit all tastes and requirements. Whichever you choose, one thing is certain – the price will be right. Laminate is by far the cheapest flooring option available on the high street, being cheaper than the equivalent of carpet and around half the price of a hardwood floor.
The cost savings do not stop there, as laminate is extremely hardwearing and will undoubtedly last a long time, saving you replacement costs in the long run. Unlike some other flooring materials, it does not fade in sunlight; is resistant to scratches, chips and stains; can resist huge pressure; and does not absorb dust and grime.
Easy to clean
Another benefit of laminate is that it is easy to keep clean. Stain-resistant, all it needs is a brush or vacuum to remove dust before a quick going-over with a damp cloth or mop.
According to Laminate Floor Blog, microfibre mops are best, as they use less water. Excess water on laminate may cause it to warp over time.
Finally, and importantly for those who like to keep their home green, laminate is largely environmentally friendly.