On the other hand, the lower cost of a laminate flooring installation appeals to you. You know it can look like wood, but you do remember the laminate of years ago, and are worried that it still might not be, well, classy.
Laminate was initially created as an inexpensive alternative to real wood, but thanks to modern technology, the laminate of today has much better quality. There are dozens of domestic and exotic wood species and even rustic and antique versions, so you’ll find everything from oak, pine and hickory to Tigerwood.
There’s a big myth we need to debunk: Some people have expressed concern that the photographic image can be worn down from walking on it. Totally not true! On top of it all, is a clear plastic wear layer that will protect the image from scratches, dings and fading. Don’t skimp on the wear layer, though, the thicker it is, the more protection you’ll have. You can verify that with your laminate floor installer.
It’s easy to clean. Sweep, dry mop and, for more thorough cleaning, damp mop with a manufacturer-approved laminate cleaner.
It’s also easy to install, because the pieces are lightweight and they snap or click together. It can also be installed over an existing floor (with the exception of carpet.)
Okay, so now you’re sold on style, but is laminate long-lasting? It won’t last as long as hardwood, but with proper maintenance, and please don’t buy the cheapest flooring you can find, it can go for many years.
Check the warranties, because they’ll give you an idea of what you can expect. Obviously, the better the quality, the higher the warranty!
Now, like anything, there are a few areas that’ll need more of your attention: Never let puddles of water sit on your laminate flooring. Wipe up any spills immediately.
Although it’s water resistant, it is not completely waterproof, so laminate shouldn’t be installed in areas with water drains. Kitchen installation is fine, as long as you clean up any liquid right away.
Be sure to come into the Completely Floored showroom in Everett, WA, so we can show you how great this flooring can be.