The Pros and Cons of Laminate Floorings




Laminate flooring or floating wood tile is a multi-layer synthetic flooring product with a laminate overlay. Laminate flooring is made from high-density fibre or wood particles with a photographic appliqué layer under a clear protective layer. They have become a popular way to update the look of any house plan. But before you get firm in choosing any other type of flooring, have a look at the pros and cons of laminate. 


Pros of Laminate Floors



1.      Cost:
Laminate flooring is cheaper and easier to install than hardwood flooring. Prices range from INR 90 to INR 250 per sq ft as per your house plans. You can find great deals from wholesalers or online distributors.


2.      Installation:

Laminate flooring can be placed on top of almost any existing floor, excluding carpet. There are many manufacturers offering a glue-free, tongue-and-groove system. The interlocking planks offer easy installation or removal without damaging the laminate or the original flooring underneath.


3.      Strength:
Laminate floorings are best for high-traffic areas and homes with pets. They are scratch-resistant, robust and easy to clean. Just dust it or clean with a wet mop and you are done. Most manufacturers even offer more than 10-year warranty on their product.


4.      Elevates Resale Value of House Plans:

Need to elevate your home’s resale value?  Dress up your floors with laminate floorings. This is because most home buyers seek hardwood floors rather than carpet. Laminate floors for your house plans gives you the environmentally friendly wood look within your means. It also helps to jazz up your home interiors making it look more open and modern.


Cons of Laminate Floors


1.      Noise:
Laminate flooring is unable to absorb sound well. If one walks over it with high heels, it can produce a hollow sound. Although his can be reduced using an acoustic underlay, it still may be a nuisance.


2.      The Difference is Obvious:

Laminate floors do increase a home’s value but hardwood floors will increase it even more. Generally buyers get to know the difference between laminate, hardwood or stone.


3.      Design Variations:

Another drawback is that the appearance of the flooring. As colour and sheen cannot be customized, the choices are limited. Moreover it may happen that your taste may be different from that of the buyer. On the other hand hardwood floors can be sanded and re-stained.


4.      Warping:

Although the materials in laminate flooring are moisture resistant, the floors can damage in high-moisture areas. Most manufactures warn about installing laminate floorings in kitchens, bathrooms or other rooms that are exposed to heavy water or steam.


The same applies for other materials as well. But hardwood floors may be able to be sanded and refinished whereas laminate floors would have to be replaced.


Research...Before You Buy

Homeowners who have made up their mind about purchasing laminate floors for their house plans should visit a few stores. Talk with a store associate and research the different manufacturers, different materials or construction methods.