If you are in the market for laminate flooring, there are some things you should consider. This is the case with any type of flooring material you may be considering.
If you have an active family and lifestyle, laminate is low maintenance, stain resistant and durable. Probably a perfect fit!So the first step is to look at the activity level of your household. Are kids running in and out from soccer or sports practice? Do you have dogs and cats and animals to contend with? Does family and friends visit often? Do you have outside areas that transition to the inside of the house and need that type of protection and durability?
What area of the home are you looking to put the flooring on? Is it a playroom? Or a kitchen? Maybe the laundry room or bathroom or perhaps the garage? Is it below ground in a basement? Do you think water may be an issue on the floor? Maybe you have an outside pool and kids will be traipsing in during the summer months!
Laminate could be the perfect choice for you if you answered yes to any of the above questions. In addition to all the durable qualities you will also be excited to know that there are a myriad of colors, textures, styles and designs available to choose from. The photographic technology used in the manufacturing of laminate provides a very decorative top or surface layer that is amazing.
There is a range of higher end laminate which mimics exotic wood floors with a stronger textured surface. These higher end choices also have properties that add more durability and come with just a higher cost.
Interestingly enough, the installation of laminate floor is why laminate floors are sometimes called “floating.” The laminate flooring material sits above…hence “floats”… the subfloor on an underlayment that is padded. This gives the floor a “bounce” feel or a “give” feel when it is walked on.
The flooring comes in planks which are locked together either without or with glue. For repair and replacement it is obvious that a glueless installation would enable a simple repair.