Laminate is a material which is produced artificially to simulate or emulate a flooring.
Laminate is very versatile in that it can be made to simulate different types of flooring. It can be produced to simulate every different type of tile or hardwood and can be quite convincing in appearance.
Laminate has become very popular as a flooring material because of the advantages that it offers. It also has some disadvantages, which we will also discuss here.
Easy to Install and Maintain:
The biggest factor to consider before you install a laminate floor is that laminate is very versatile. It comes in many shapes sizes and varieties. Laminate is easier to install, clean, and store. It is also less costly to transport and produce. All of these factors combine to influence the cost and overall peace of mind of the person who wishes to install laminate floors.
Alternative of Expensive Flooring:
Laminate provides an effective alternative to very expensive flooring in that it gives you a look that is very comparable at a mere fraction of the cost of the other materials. This is the primary reason that people choose to install laminate floors. This is wonderful if you are on a budget or are installing the flooring in a property that is not a primary residence. The expensive look can be the factor which causes a customer to decide to rent or buy the property.
Disadvantages of using laminate flooring:
The biggest problem to consider when you install laminate floors is that laminate is much less durable than any other type flooring. It will eventually wear out and have to be replaced. Once the surface has been worn down by foot traffic the entire floor will have to be replaced. This may not be a big deal to the owner because of the low initial cost of installation. One thing to note here is that laminate can’t be refurbished as can other types of flooring.
Visitors will quickly recognize that the laminate floor is not the real thing by its texture and feel. There have also been some problems with the effect that the manufacturing of this product may have on the environment. Some of the industrial solvents used in the manufacturing of this material are harmful in their natural state and there has been concern that there may be some negative influences on health associated with it. There have been no studies to confirm any ill effects inherent with this material but this is certainly something that you need to consider.