Laminate flooring does imitate hardwood flooring. With the advancement of technology, the varieties of laminate flooring have expanded as well.
As a matter of fact, laminate floorings come either as planks or tiles, which easily snap together. This makes the process of installation smooth and simple. And in this case, the use of the volatile organic chemicals releasing glues is avoided too.
The construction of the laminate floorings prevents them from any kind of changes because of humidity changes.
Laminate flooring is low-maintenance and really easy to clean. They are also durable and may survive over 25 years in areas with little traffic, meanwhile, in the high traffic areas they may need a refinishing after about 10 years.
Another asset is that laminate flooring is comparatively inexpensive in contrast to the rest of the flooring types.
On the other hand, laminate flooring is susceptible to moisture damages, so it can’t be installed in rooms where there is much laundry. It is not suitable for the kitchen as well, as long as the homeowner is super careful about all the splashes and spills.
Another difficulty concerning the laminate flooring is that it can’t be refinished like the hardwood, so once it is damaged or worn out, replacement is the only solution.
The laminate floor also feels very unnatural when walking on it and may have some harsh sounds after footsteps.
One more disadvantage of laminate flooring is that its wear layer is made of plastic, which is not biodegradable and cannot degrade in landfills. So in this respect, laminate flooring is not really environmentally friendly.
All in all, laminate flooring can be an affordable choice. In order to have a laminate floor of quality one can choose the ones with genuine wood veneer instead of wear layers.