Why You Should Choose Laminate Flooring
Today we present to you the age-old argument in the DIY community; laminate or solid wood? With many people immediately opting for the much more expensive solid wood options, laminate flooring can often go overlooked for its many benefits. Well, we want to showcase to our readers why we, at Arnold Laver, believe you should always choose laminate flooring wherever you can. Read through our full guide today to find out more about laminate, including a breakdown on costs, look, and durability, plus much more. So, before you start your next project, think about our expert advice on laminate flooring.
What is Laminate Flooring?
Let’s start things off with a breakdown of what laminate flooring exactly is. It has a core layer of fibreboard which is made of wood byproducts. On top of this is the design layer, which is printed to resemble a wood finish or other material. This top layer is protected by a clear, hardware layer that ensures the laminate has good resistance to any scratches or stains.
Laminate flooring boards are also usually relatively thin, and range from between 6 to 12mm thick. Manufactured with click-lock edges, the boards snap together to secure the flooring with no glue or nails.
Why Choose Laminate Flooring?
Now that you know the basics of what laminate flooring is, it’s time to delve into its many benefits and why we think you should choose it for your home! Keep reading for our full breakdown of the many qualities of laminate flooring.
From a distance, many people wouldn’t know the difference between laminate flooring and real, solid wood. Quality laminate flooring has a very similar appearance to solid wood, but with close inspection the difference is noticeable. With newer, top-of-the-range laminate flooring options, each plank is designed with more randomised, repeat patterns which help to create the illusion of real, unique wood planks.
Water and Heat Resistance
Here is where laminate flooring gets top marks over solid wood flooring. Laminate surfaces are both water and stain resistant, making it very easy to clean with a quick wipe. For this reason, we recommend it for use in every area of the house, with the exception of bathrooms. Although highly water-resistant, water can still seep into the edges of laminate flooring planks, and this can cause the edges of the core fibreboard to swell and chip easily. But in minor spillages and incidents, laminate flooring holds up well, much better than solid wood.
When it comes to heat resistance, laminate again comes out on top, ahead of solid wood. If you’re planning to lay solid wood across a whole room, it is recommended that it is not put under radiating heating systems. This is because the heat can warp and shrink solid wood, causing the joints to open up. Laminate flooring, however, has enough heat resistance that this isn’t an issue, and laminate flooring is perfectly fine on or under heat systems or sources.
Cleaning and Care
As previously touched upon, laminate flooring is a breeze to keep clean and maintained. With a simple dust, vacuum, and wipe your laminate flooring will remain sparkling clean with minimal effort. When mopping laminate flooring, this should only be done with s special laminate floor cleaner dampening the mop, but take care not to use excessive water. Plus, waxing is never necessary with laminate flooring as its top, protective layer keeps it looking its best.
Maintenance and Durability
One of the most important areas you’ll want to consider when choosing laminate flooring is its durability. We are happy to report that laminate has good resistance to impact damage. Although this can stand corrected if a particularly heavy object hits the laminate with sufficient force, there may be a gouge or dent.
With laminate flooring, you can expect 10 solid years of use without any signs of wear or deterioration, making it a great, cost-effective option. However, some hazards can shorten this lifespan if the laminate is not properly cared for or maintained. Watch out for water infiltration, UV rays, and scratches from chair legs, as laminate can not be refinished or sanded, the only option to fix it would be a replacement.
Laminate flooring is a firm favourite for many DIYers as it is notoriously easy to install. Laminate planks click together at the edges, as it utilities a simple locking mechanism design. This makes the use of any fasteners or glue unnecessary, as this flooring floats on top of your foam underlayment.
Laminate flooring is far easier to install than solid wood, which is very difficult for non-professionals to fit. It is also a lot pricier as the rental of special tools, such as floor staplers or nailers, are required. Plus, if your solid wood is unfinished, it will then require sanding and finishing, which again can only be done by professionals.
If you want to find out more about how to fit laminate flooring, read up on our full guide on our blog today.
Finally, let’s go over the major price differences between laminate and solid wood flooring. We have touched upon this already throughout the breakdown, so it should come as no surprise to you that laminate flooring is the winner in this category also.
When it comes to solid wood, the price can vary greatly depending on the type of tree the wood comes from, the grade of the wood, and the thickness, among many more variables. But overall, it is a pricey option that does have many benefits, as well as a ‘getting what you pay for’ finish.
But we believe that the low price of laminate flooring and its many advantages makes it the clear winner for our customers. Easy to maintain and install yourself, laminate flooring can save money on many aspects, not just relating to the price per plank. So, to summarise, while both laminate and solid wood have their benefits, we believe that for a good, quality flooring at a cost-effective price, you should choose laminate. At Arnold Laver, you can explore a wide range of laminate options which make choosing the perfect flooring for your home easy. Once you have found the perfect laminate, get to work fitting your laminate and enjoying a clean, easy-to-maintain flooring that matches every style and preference.