Robinetta Fevre Laminate Flooring August 09, 2018 19:10:28
Low maintenance is another feature of laminate flooring which is making it one of the top choices among people who are renovating their home. The look of the laminates remains fresh and new for years provided you are doing a regular cleaning. You can use vacuum cleaner or broom to remove dirt and grit. You don`t need to wax it every month or two to retain its shine. Remember, you should not use any chemical or soap to clean the laminate flooring. However, you can use ammonia and water to clean the laminate floor. Since laminate flooring is resistant to most of the things that are dangerous for hardwood flooring, therefore it is very much durable. The wear layer of laminate floors makes it durable. Wear layer is a resin based coating that allows the laminates to stand against various kinds of chafes. The resistance of laminate floor is much higher than the hardwood flooring because of the numerous coats of Melamine. If you`ve a dog or cat at your home, their paws will make your floor full of scratches. However, if you`ve laminates at your home, no need to be worried about the scratches. With the advancement in technology now you will get laminates that are moisture resistant as well. Hence, unlike hardwoods, you can install laminate floor in your kitchen as well as bathroom.
Hardwood floors have been used in houses and even in palaces for centuries. Laminate floors, however, are a modern invention that is around 30 years old. (Laminate floors consist of laminated blocks of various designs, including those that have the appearance of hardwood flooring.) Hardwood floors come with their own benefits. They feel more real and they sound like wood (because they are real wood), giving the entire house a royal feel. A hardwood floor has a more natural feel than a laminate floor. Laminate floors have a thick pad underneath, which makes it feel spongy and floating while hardwood floors provide a sturdier, firmer feel. Often the cost of putting up a hardwood floor and a laminate floor is almost the same. It is for this reason that hardwood floors are seeing another surge in popularity.
If you be desperate to save money on laminate flooring in that case don`t buy cheap laminate flooring but rather buy inexpensive flooring from a supplier that has a reputation to uphold. The best case in point of this is the local home improvement super store. From time to time they will get laminate flooring that is of good quality but their price is so low that it seems too good to be true. That super store has many to lose if you buy that flooring and it turns out to be cheaply made so you are pretty safe buying inexpensive laminate flooring from the local home improvement super store. You will end up getting what you pay for if you do not do your homework and if you try and buy cheap laminate flooring from a less than reputable supplier then you are asking for trouble. Flooring is particularly important so make sure you make the right choice when you go to buy your laminate flooring and make the choice that not only makes sense for your wallet but furthermore makes good business sense as well.
Whichever installation method you choose, you can install laminate quickly, completing a whole flooring project in one weekend. This is much easier than the hammering and nailing that goes into hardwood floors, which is a more labor-intensive procedure that generally requires the assistance of professional floor installation companies. Another criticism of laminate was that it didn`t leave much time for spills to be cleaned up, as water would seep in between the seams. These unexpected spills would cause the floors to buckle, thus damaging their natural appearance. With improvements to the laminate and subflooring, this is no longer an issue. As long as spills are cleaned up promptly and aren`t left to sit, the flooring will remain intact. This makes laminate an appropriate option for bathrooms and kitchens where spills are commonplace. For added protection in these areas of the home, it`s recommended that light dabs of glue are added to the tongue of the planks.
The effective composition and construction of a laminate floor makes it one of the easiest flooring options to take care of and to maintain. One of the most effective ways of keeping a laminate floor clean is by understanding its limitations. Although laminate is a tough material that is not easily stained or scratched, there are certain items that could significantly damage your laminate floor. Water puddles, abrasive cleaning solutions and wax are some of the items that can damage your laminate flooring and can cause it to lose its finish. Further, rearranging furniture and pets with untrimmed nails can also scratch the laminate surface. Therefore, it is important to protect your laminate flooring from these items in order to ensure high durability.
Armstrong likes to tout their SwiftLock laminate flooring which, like Quick Step laminate flooring, is marketed on ease of installation. Both companies seem to be betting on lots of people peforming their own laminate floor installation. Pergo is quite proud of their walnut laminate flooring, though their maple laminate flooring is also quite popular. Because of the myriad of choices available to them, buyers often become confused when trying to pick the correct laminate floor for their needs. AC Ratings and various groove and tongue systems make decisions even harder. As laminate floors have not been around for all that long, the options will surely expand and become even more confusing as time goes by. No matter how complicated it gets, though, there will always be someone willing to attempt their own laminate flooring installation.