The right flooring choice makes a room feel completed, but with so many options – from carpet and hard wood, to tiles and laminate flooring – it can be hard deciding what type is right for your home.
Of course, there are pros and cons of all types of floors, but as many people are discovering, there are a lot of benefits to be gained from installing laminate flooring. We take a look at seven key reasons why laminate flooring is a popular and worthwhile choice for your home needs.
1. Laminate flooring looks like wood and other natural materials
If you love the look of wooden or stone, but can’t afford the price, then laminate flooring is a good alternative as it can be made to look very much like solid wood, stone or other natural materials. The manufacture and design of laminate flooring has improved hugely over the years, so if you’ve not given it a second glance, do so – you may be hard pushed to guess the difference between the real natural materials and the laminate.
2. It’s available in a range of colours and designs
There’s more to laminate flooring than being a good replica of wood and other natural materials – the flooring is available in a wide range of colours and designs. If it’s patterned floors you like, or after a particular colour for your flooring, there are plenty of options to choose from.
3. It’s hard-wearing and lasts well
When you’re investing in flooring, it’s essential that it’s going to last well and be hard-wearing, and that’s another box that laminate easily ticks. In rooms where the floor will get lots of footfall or wear, a hard-wearing floor is essential.
Laminate flooring is made with a series of layers to give it structure and stability. The top layer that’s added is a form of protective layer, which is water and scratch resistant. There are even some options that are 100% waterproof, making them an ideal choice to use in a bathroom or utility room.
4. Laminate flooring is easy to clean and maintain
If you want flooring that’s easy to clean and maintain, then laminate is a sure fire winner. In order to clean the dust and dirt on a regular basis, all you’ll need is a brush to give it a good sweep. Special cleaning sprays are available for laminate floors too and these are useful if the floor has got really dirty.
5. It’s a hygienic and healthy floor choice
If members of your household suffer from allergies or asthma caused by dust, laminate flooring is a good option. The nature of laminate means that dirt and dust is easy to clean off and there’s nowhere for the dust to settle (unlike carpets, which can be dreadful dust collectors).
6. Laminate flooring is easy to install
One of the key benefits of laminate flooring has to be that it’s easy to install. If you look for laminate products that are designed with a click locking system you can be assured that they’ll be easier to fit in your home, even if you’re not a DIY expert. The pieces of laminate simply slot together with a click and lock into place – it’s a bit like putting a giant jigsaw together.
7. It’s an eco-friendly choice
Laminate flooring is made from sustainable materials, and doesn’t include any preservatives or solvents. making it a good eco-friendly flooring choice. Thanks to the click and lock installation system, it’s not a type of flooring where you’ll need harsh chemicals or glues to fix it in place either, so it’s got all round green credentials.
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