Why Laminate Flooring Is An Attractive Home Renovation Option

Why Laminate Flooring Is An Attractive Home Renovation Option

Today's economy has homeowners looking for ways to improve the value and comfort of their homes without spending more than they can afford. Home renovations, traditionally, are invasive, expensive, and highly stressful. One of the most common renovation projects is painting the walls of a room, since it provides a big improvement in a relatively short period of time. Painting does, however, require thought toward the dangers of lead and asbestos. It is also a labor-intensive project that looks worse than having not been done at all, if it is done poorly. Window treatments, landscaping, and adding a deck are other common home renovations. However, the biggest improvement in both the home's value and its appearance occurs when laminate wood flooring is used to replace old carpet, vinyl, and worn-out wood floors.

Old flooring can be unsightly, odoriferous, and even lead to health problems for family members and pets. Removing old carpets, linoleum, or vinyl, and replacing it with low-maintenance, easy to install floor can transform a room or an entire home for surprisingly little time or money.

Variety Of Choices

Laminate flooring comes in many colors and styles. It is also available in a wide variety of plank widths, thicknesses, and other features such as beveled edges and anti-bacterial properties. In general laminate wood flooring is allergen free and made with kid-friendly, pet-friendly materials, unlike vinyl and carpet, which can house a whole host of germs. You can use it to match the furnishing already in the home, or an entirely new color scheme can be introduced. There has never been such a wide variety of features, grains, and appearances available to choose from.

Quick Installation

Traditional floor coverings, such as carpet, tile, vinyl, and wood, require expert installation, which can be quite expensive. Laminate flooring, on the other hand, can be installed by the homeowner in only a few hours, saving a substantial amount of money. Laminate flooring requires no special subfloor preparation, other than it needs to be flat. Installation requires no special skills or tools. For the beginner, nothing could be easier than the new quick laying system available from Best Laminate. Homeowners simply lay each row down next to the previous row and 'click' the planks into place. Top the project off with matching molding around the edges, and your room will look brand new at a fraction of the cost of most renovations.

Increased Durability

In addition to being affordable and easy to install, laminate floor is more durable than most traditional options. Carpets, vinyl, and linoleum are subject to staining, sun-bleaching, and wearing out in high traffic areas. It does not fade, it does not wear out, and it does not stain. It is even chemical and burn resistant. You can use acetone on it to remove especially nasty spills. Pergo flooring can even withstand having a cigarette put out on its surface without damage. Dropped tools and other heavy items do not damage the surface, unlike vinyl and wood, which will chip, crack, and dent.

Easy Cleaning

Laminate plank flooring is one of the easiest materials to keep clean. The surface does not hold onto to dust and dirt the way carpets and other materials do, avoiding the build-up of dirt, grime, and allergens that can be found in nearly all carpets. Unlike vinyl or wood floors, high gloss laminate flooring requires no polishing, waxing, or refinishing. For years, your new laminate flooring will continue to look and feel exactly the way it does on the day it is installed.

The scientific research that has gone into today's high gloss laminate flooring makes it the ideal choice for homeowners with environmentally sound, highly durable, and attractive materials. Laminate flooring combines the affordability of being a do-it-yourself project with the capital improvements that only a high quality, durable, and attractive floor can provide. Compared to other home improvement projects, installing laminate flooring is highly cost effective. Once your  floor is in place, you won't have to think of it again except to notice how beautiful it looks and how easy it is to keep clean.