Why Choose Laminate Flooring?
Buying new flooring represents a big investment for any homeowner. If you’re not sure exactly what look you want in your home, it can be difficult to choose between flooring types and styles. You might be debating whether hardwood or laminate would be best. Perhaps you’re thinking about whether or you can afford to go with traditional hardwood flooring. If you’re looking for budget-friendly flooring that offers durability and style, you might be best served by considering laminate flooring.
Getting to Know Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring is composed of four basic layers. The wear layer is filled with aluminum oxide and is designed to resist wear, tear and scratches. The decor layer is imprinted with any of a variety of hardwood, stone or tile designs. The core layer provides laminate’s bulk and adds extra resistance to dents. The final backer layer provides extra support and stability.
Because laminate flooring is constructed from these four unique layers, it is much more resistant to dents and scratches than real hardwood flooring. Of course, laminate flooring is also significantly less expensive than hardwood or stone. Choose laminate when you want elegant, durable flooring that won’t drive you into debt.
Choosing Laminate for Durability
Many homeowners choose laminate flooring because it is one of the most durable types of flooring available on the market today. Unlike hardwood flooring, laminate flooring is not prone to scratches and dents from regular, daily use. Unlike carpeting, laminate flooring doesn’t stain easily and won’t begin to fray or unravel at seams and edges. In addition, laminate floors are estimated to last between 20 and 30 years in most residential settings.
Thanks to their ability to resist dents and scratches, laminate floors are the leading choices for high-traffic areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. They also make a great choice for basements, attics and additions. No matter the room you’re shopping for, remember that you’ll get the best wear out of your laminate flooring if the base flooring is in good condition and you clean your laminate regularly.
Choosing Laminate for Ease of Care
Ease of care is another leading reason that many homeowners choose laminate flooring instead of hardwood flooring. Laminate floors will look clean and fresh as long as you:
- Immediately wipe up spills and wet marks left by feet.
- Use throw rugs or mats at all entrances to your rooms.
- Use a dust mop or vacuum regularly.
- Clean the floor with a cleaner especially designed for laminates.
- Allow your floors to dry thoroughly after cleaning.
Choosing Laminate for Style
Of course, laminate flooring offers more than affordability, durability and easy care. Our showrooms boast a wide selection of laminate flooring styles designed to look like real hardwood, stone and tile. When you choose to buy laminate flooring, you can pick from a myriad of colors and finishes to suit your decor needs. You can also instantly change the style of any room with laminate flooring by using throw and area rugs.
At S&G Carpet and More, we’re proud to serve residential and commercial customers throughout northern California. If you’re interested in shopping for laminate flooring, drop by one of our showrooms or fill out our shop at home appointment form.