Over the years, laminate wood flooring has become increasingly popular, attractive and realistic – with just a look, it’s oftentimes difficult to tell the difference between real hardwood and laminate wood flooring. With the variety of high-quality options for laminate wood flooring available today, it’s a choice that many homeowners decide to make. In addition to the aesthetic appeal, the following are some of the most commonly cited benefits of laminate wood flooring:
For many homeowners, one of the most important benefits of laminate wood flooring is its affordability. The cost of laminate wood flooring can cost, on average, 50% less than hardwood, making it a great choice for budget-conscious homeowners who still want the beautiful look of wood flooring.
Laminate wood flooring gives the appearance of beautiful natural wood, without having to sacrifice any raw natural resources. Laminate wood flooring essentially uses a high-definition image of hardwood to create the desired appearance, so the look of hardwood is achieved without having to fell any trees. An added bonus is that the core of laminate flooring boards is usually comprised of about 75% pre-consumer recycled waste.
Ease of maintenance
Because of laminate wood flooring’s outermost wear layer, spills and stains don’t damage or seep into the material, making clean up a breeze. Homeowners with laminate wood flooring don’t have to worry as much about moisture, which can warp and crack hardwood flooring. Typically, the only regular maintenance required for laminate wood floor is vacuuming and sweeping – no waxing or polishing required!
Unlike hardwood and carpet, laminate wood flooring doesn’t fade from exposure to sunlight – also thanks to the wear layer. Laminate wood flooring can be exposed to direct sunlight over a long period of time and still not fade, making it a great choice for any living space that receives a lot of natural light.
Good for dogs and kids
Laminate wood flooring is both scratch resistant and stain resistant, making it an excellent choice for flooring in homes with dogs and kids. Laminate wood flooring is commonly used in areas that will see a lot of foot traffic because of its durability – hardwood, on the other hand, does show wear, especially in high-traffic areas.
Doesn’t attract termites
Wood-hungry termites can cause an incredible amount of damage to a home and cost homeowners thousands of dollars in repairs – but even though laminate wood flooring looks like wood, termites only go for the real stuff. Hardwood floors are one of the fixtures in a home that attract wood-boring insects, such as termites, but homeowners can get the look without worrying about a termite infestation in their flooring with wood laminate flooring.
Adaptability with subfloors
Since laminate wood floors are not directly attached to the subfloor, it generally doesn’t matter what the subfloor is in the room you want to install laminate wood flooring. This makes its extremely versatile throughout your home since it can be laid on top of virtually any type of subfloor or existing flooring – as long as its clean, dry and level. When you consider all of the advantages of laminate wood flooring, coupled with the variety of aesthetic options, it’s really no wonder why so many homeowners have chosen laminate wood flooring for their homes! SOURCE: Yahoo!, Freshome.com, flooring.about.com, North American Laminate Flooring Association, PR Newswire, builddirect.com