A friend or relative might have recommended laminate floors, but you do not know what they are or how they will benefit you. You have come to the right place.
What Are Laminate Floors?
A laminate floor is a type of floor that can mimic timber or stone. It is made up of several layers, but the most distinctive ones are the top two. The topmost layer is clear to make the second layer visible. It also serves a protective role, which is to protect the second layer from wear, stains, liquids, etc. The second layer is a photographic image, which gives laminate floors a timber or stone appearance, so you can have stone or wood laminate flooring.
The other layers, which can be a third or fourth, comprise of fibreboards that make the floor durable, moisture-resistant and stable. The fibreboard also helps with sound absorption.
Why Would You Choose Laminate Floors?
When considering floors, there are various factors that a person considers, like durability, maintenance, design/aesthetics and affordability. From the definition above, you can already tell that laminate floors are durable. They are composed of layers that protect the photographic image layer. Laminate floors are also good for pets since they are scratch-resistant. To show how durable they are, during purchase, you get a warranty that lasts for 7-25 years depending on where you purchase and whether you are using the floors for residential or commercial purposes.
Just like other floors, laminate floors need maintenance. If something spills, wipe it as soon as possible to avoid stains. You should also avoid dragging furniture. Always lift and place. Even though the top layer is scratch resistance, you don't have to subject it to scratches when you can avoid.
Laminate floors are available in multiple designs, colours, glosses, textures and widths. You cannot lack a design that matches the aesthetics of your home or office.
If you consider getting timber floors, you might be surprised at how much they cost and how much maintenance they need. This is the reason why people choose floors that can mimic timber. Laminate floors are not that expensive compared to real timber and that is why they are popular.
Where Can You Use Laminate Floors?
Laminate floors can be used in all rooms of your house including the bathroom, kitchen and laundry area. Just make sure the person installing the floor knows what they are doing, meaning that the subfloor should be inspected before placement and no gaps should be left.