The Pros and Cons of Laminate Flooring
May 8, 2013
On Monday I reviewed some of the pros and cons of PVC, or vinyl flooring. It seems that the main competitor to vinyl flooring is laminate flooring. Let’s see what the pros and cons are for laminate.
Although laminate floors are fairly equal in price to vinyl floors, they are considerably less than hardwood floors. Solid hardwood flooring runs from about $6 to $10 per square foot. Laminate runs from about $3 to $4 per square foot. Surprisingly they cost about the same, $4/square foot, to install. The hardwood initially seems more expensive to install until you take into account the “floating floor” that must be placed beneath the laminate flooring.
Laminate is considered one of the longest-lasting, most durable flooring options available. Depending on the brand and model you choose, most manufacturers guarantee their laminate floorings with a 15 to 30 year warranty. It is extremely resistant to scratching and staining, and fairly water resistant as long as spills are cleaned up quickly and not left standing. Unlike many carpets, laminate will not fade in direct sunlight.
Laminate comes in an endless variety of design options. Whereas it used to be mainly wood floors that were copied, laminate can now mimic tile and stone floors as well. Of course the good, old fashioned linoleum styles have been updated for laminate flooring options as well.
I know, I just used this as a highlight of laminate flooring, however it is also considered a downfall of this product by some. It is not real wood, and truly does not look like real wood. Many people do not like the “fake” aspect of this type of flooring and would prefer the real deal.
Unlike carpet or cork flooring, laminate flooring does not add a significant amount of insulation. One of the biggest complaints users have is that it is cold on their feet during the winter months. There have also been complaints about laminate floors being slippery. Upon further research, slippery laminate seems to be part of older versions. Modern laminate comes with a slip-resistant top layer.
Laminate will not add any value to the resale of your home. When it comes time to sell, no flooring options add more value than hardwood or natural stone. Although to put it in perspective, laminate flooring will sell a home much better than say dirty carpet or linoleum.
In conclusion, I find I’ve convinced myself of the joys of laminate flooring. It sounds like an especially wise choice for households with children and pets. Maybe not the greatest option for homes with pools where the chances of puddles forming are higher.
And remember that no matter what type of flooring is in your home, Aaron’s Quality Cleaners is the best floor cleaner in Fresno and Clovis. Give us a call to see the difference we can make in your home today!
Julie Rosenfeld serves as an Administrative Assistant for Aaron’s Quality Cleaners, a carpet-cleaning company that services the Fresno and Clovis (CA) areas. She is the author of “Julie’s Corner” and provides information and perspective on topics related to the carpet-cleaning industry.
Aaron’s Quality Cleaners performs carpet cleaning, tile cleaning, aggregate cleaning and upholstery cleaning in Fresno, Clovis, Madera and Sanger California.