Laminate wood floors are a convenient alternative to hardwood. It is an economical choice that is easy to keep up. The look is just as attractive as hardwood, and comes in a wide range of realistic looking styles.
If you have a certain wood look in mind, it can be simulated. The technology involved is constantly improving. The finish on laminate floors is harder than that of wood, due to the specific chemicals and high heat involved in the manufacturing. These floors will last for years and years, sometimes a warranty is included.
The cost is often the biggest reason that people choose laminate. It is often more economical than the hardwood equivalent and much easier to maintain. If you don’t have experience in hardwood flooring, you would benefit from hiring a professional. The installation requires knowledge of special nailing techniques, and many layers of finish must be applied before the floor is ready for use.
In contrast, many people chose to install their own laminate floors. They come in click together boards if you don’t prefer using glue on your own. Instructions are usually found on the box when you make your purchase, but there are also many guides online to help with the process. However, if you aren’t at all confident in your skills, a professional might be found that could have the job done within a day.
Once your floor is installed, all you need is a mop or damp cloth to keep it clean. Hardwood floors will occasionally need refinishing. The floor will have to be sanded, then stained again, and brushed with several coats of polyurethane. The laminate alternative only needs to be cleaned regularly to avoid scratches.
Laminate wood floors are an economical way to greatly change the look of any room. It has a great look and is easy to maintain.