Most people at one point or another in their lives have dreamt of having wooden flooring. Pulling back old carpets can lead to huge disappointment when we discover a bare cement floor underneath. It’s time you discovered the benefits of laminate flooring as a solution to your dreams. Perhaps the reason this type of flooring has become increasingly popular is down to its versatility and durability as opposed to more traditional options such as hardwood flooring. Also, because it is so popular there is an extensive amount of possibilities available to you as regards budgets and style.
Inexpensive – It stands to reason that because the material used to produce laminate flooring is made of synthetic fibres, it is far less costly than natural flooring. Also, the majority of hardware stores are now manufacturing their own range of laminate flooring which helps to keep prices low and the choices multiple. The only problem you will have is deciding which design best suits the decor of your home and your lifestyle.
Easy installation – Your laminate flooring comes packaged in tongue and groove planks which will be slotted into each other. Depending on the size of the room, it can take anywhere from a half day to a day to lay the floor tiles. Laying the tiles horizontally from the window will allow the tiles to pick up the light. It is usually recommended to leave the floor set for about a day before walking on it as this allows the tiles to take shape.
Durability – Because the tiles are laminated, this gives them extra strength and protection against wear and tear and marks such as those from high heels which easily dent a natural wood floor. Rooms with heavy traffic are unaffected and this is one of the main reasons why people with younger children choose this option. Grubby footprints are easily washed from the surface in no time, leaving your floor looking brand new again.
Stylish – This type of flooring comes in a wide range of wood finishes from dark to light woods such as ash. As it is a replica of wood, it really adds the glamour to your floor without the need to break your bank. You can really style your room around the type of finish you have gone for; maybe you have chosen a dark wood look and enjoy the rich and sumptuous colours available in this particular colour palette.
Insulation – Laminate flooring has many layers built into it to protect against water damage and so forth. Added to this there will also be underlay applied to your floor before hand and all of this means keeping the heat in your house instead of escaping through gaps and cracks in your floor. It is also possible to have an under floor heating system installed and if you choose to go down this route it is something you need to factor in as part of your floor making decision in order that you make the best choice.