Laminate flooring is a durable, budget-friendly and stylish option for Columbia area homes. If you want to get the look of hardwood in your living room, bedroom or office for a fraction of the cost, laminate flooring is a great option to consider. Learn more from the experts at Floor Coverings International Columbia East.
Benefits of Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring blends the beauty of hardwood with the lasting value and easy maintenance of a synthetic product. It is typically made from multiple layers, including a melamine backing, high-density fiberboard interior, and a visual layer printed with a woodgrain pattern. It is topped with a clear, durable topcoat to protect the surface from heavy furniture and foot traffic.
Laminate is simple to install. The pieces quickly snap or glue together, and laminate can even be installed on top of concrete or old floors.
Laminate flooring also has multiple environmental benefits:
- It’s made out of paper, so it does not involve the harvesting of old-growth trees.
- It’s a good choice for people with allergies because unlike other cost-effective flooring options, such as carpet, laminate doesn’t trap dirt and dust.
- If you ever decide to remodel, it is a recyclable material.
Laminate Flooring Maintenance
To clean laminate flooring, sweep often to remove debris and wipe up any spills with a damp cloth. No refinishing or resurfacing is necessary.
Laminate flooring does lack some of the durability of solid hardwood or other high-end flooring options. It is typically not recommended for bathrooms, laundry rooms, or any other area of the home that collects moisture and humidity. Spills should be cleaned up right away to avoid swelling and warping.
Your Floor Coverings International Columbia East design associate will be there to work through the trade-offs of all the different kinds of flooring you could choose for your rooms, and help you decide what makes sense for each of your spaces.
Laminate flooring comes in as many styles and species as solid hardwood. For that reason, it can be tricky to choose the perfect floor for your home. Let the experts at Floor Coverings International Columbia East make the search easier. Contact us today to schedule your free in-home or in-office consultation.
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