Laminated flooring has become very popular in recent years as more people seek a long term solution to floor problems. When you really want a floor solution which is able to withstand lots of abuse then these engineered floors should definitely be on top of your list. The laminated flooring due to its laminated nature is very durable. When the floor is laid it is covered with a hard resin layer. The flooring is then coated with a UV protector which protects it from the UV rays and moisture.
The laminated flooring is much more cost efficient than the solid wood flooring due to the lower cost of manufacturing. In most cases the solid wood floors is much more expensive than the laminated flooring. The solid wood is generally made from cut wood pieces, which are then turned into solid wood planks and then slotted together to create a solid wood floor. These solid wood floors are generally very expensive and if this is not something within your budget then laminate may well be your best solution. The laminated flooring has a life expectancy of around 30 years and is actually considered to be a maintenance free floor.
Due to the fact that laminated flooring is quite inexpensive, it can certainly be considered an economical alternative to hardwood floors. There are many different functionalities to the laminated flooring such as: anti scratching, anti gum, slip resistance, and a wood-look floors. All these laminated flooring options add a unique stylish look to your home, when combined with the correct decor.
Due to the fact that laminated flooring can also be used in both bathrooms and kitchens, you will find that this type of flooring can really add a unique and stylish finishing touch to your home. When choosing your laminated flooring, you will have to take into account the fact that there are many different manufacturers of this type of flooring, such as; Mannington, Siltron, Fieber, and a multitude of others. Whilst most manufacturers will have similar qualities, prices and designs, you will need to look at the reviews and testimonials left by previous purchasers on the manufacturer websites to ensure that you choose the right brand for your needs.
Many people do not realize how versatile laminated flooring really is and this is an area where you must be careful and educate yourself fully. It can come in a variety of different colors such as; white, black, brown, beige, and cream. As with wood flooring you will find that laminated flooring comes with a wide variety of finishes such as; waxed, scoured, and metallic. These finishes can give your laminated flooring a professional look or if you would prefer a more natural finish, you can achieve this by using a high quality sealer, which will be applied by a professional installer. With so many finishes available choosing the right one for your home can be very important.
There is no denying that laminated flooring can give your home a luxurious and clean finish, however there are a few things that you should bear in mind to ensure the longevity and durability of the floors. Laminated wood floors do not stand up to heat and cold, like traditional hardwood floors do. Heat and cold can cause warping and cracking, which is why you will find that it is best to install these floors in an area of your house where the heat will not affect the floor. You should also make sure that you remove any rugs and carpet when you first bring your laminated wood floors in. If you want to protect your laminated flooring from the elements then you should consider adding a protective coat of finish to the surface. This will help protect the floor and keep it looking new.