Laminate flooring is very popular among homeowners, especially those who love the modern look. Flexibility is a big advantage because you can choose a wood look or a stone look, depending on your preference.
Advantages of Laminate Flooring
Laminates are durable and cost-effective. They’re designed to be tougher and stronger than most other types of flooring. It’s scratch-resistant, making it perfect for areas with heavy foot traffic, like living rooms. Since it’s highly resistant to UV rays, sunlight won’t cause it to fade, resulting in a like-new look, all the time.
Installation and repair is a breeze. Break a board? Take it out and replace it with a new one. The color and grain will be the same. These floors have great warranty protection, as well. Want some more info about DIY laminate installation? Check this out…Do It Yourself.com
Laminate floors are a great choice for the living room. However, you can install them in the kitchen, bedroom, or even the bathroom, as long as the area has a level floor. They last longer on a level surface because they fit together better.
A great use of this flooring is in a high traffic room because it helps keep the home cool. Did someone say, “Living Room?” Not only does it keep your room cool, it keeps you and your guests healthy because it doesn’t absorb dust, dander or other harmful allergens. For more information on laminate floors visit…About.com
You may also want to consider having your new floor waxed with Paraffin. This water-repellent wax will keep the floor from absorbing moisture. This site is about living rooms, but just so you know…certain warranties do not cover laminate floors when used in bathrooms or kitchens.
When buying laminates, you should consider a few factors. Although they have great warranties, generally 10-25 years, they will show wear and tear within 3-5 years, especially in higher traffic areas. Also, they come with cores from 6mm to 12mm thick. The thicker the core, the more stable it is, and the more it will cost.
Last, but certainly not least, you should consider glueless installation. It’s quicker and easier to install and repair because anyone can do it, without any special tools.
Proper Laminate Floor Care
Cleaning laminates is a breeze. What a relief, especially with children and pets around. Messes are easy to clean and the floor is damage resistant. Result? No worries!
Because the floor won’t trap dirt, you can clean it using only a damp mop. Look for citrus-based cleaners, which are very compatible with laminates and smell great. Mopping the floor with a vinegar and water mix works well, too.
Whatever you do, please don’t apply lacquer or wax to the surface. If you are unsure of how a particular cleaning product will affect the floor, try it on an unnoticeable area, like underneath the fridge.
To Sum It Up
Choosing the right flooring may be a chore for most homeowners, but an investment of time can save you a whole lot of money. Laminate flooring is great for busy and growing families, because it’s so easy to install, maintain and care for. Consider it an investment in your peace of mind.
There are other types of flooring out there and we want to make sure you know a little something about the most popular styles. Laminates are great for durability and cost-savings, but some folks just love the look of hardwood flooring.
For an elegant, upscale look consider tile flooring. It’s not just for bathrooms and hallways. Some folks just love the feeling of carpet under their feet and for them there’s beautiful frieze carpet.
We wouldn’t put this type of carpet in our living room, but berber carpet is a great option for some living rooms and works great in the family room. If you have hardwoods or laminates, you may want to use carpet runners to protect your floors, add warmth and tie together your hallway and living room decor. Last but not least, everyone gets a little frustrated when stains and dirt end up in their carpets. We understand. With kids and pets around, it’s inevitable! These are our best carpet cleaning tips. We’re sure you’ll find some information you can use, possibly today!
Have fun with flooring!