A relatively new flooring type, laminate can be a great option when you’re re-flooring practically any room in your home. It comes in a wide variety of designs that realistically imitate hardwood, vinyl, stone and more. We’re here to set the record straight on a few common misconceptions about this durable (and affordable!) flooring option.
- It reacts badly to moisture; don’t use laminate flooring in the bathroom.
Quality laminate flooring actually reacts better to moisture and water than hardwood. It also isn’t affected by changes in the climate. This makes it a great option for spaces that may get wet – whether that’s your bathroom, kitchen or entryway.
- Laminate flooring won’t last long.
The top finish on laminate flooring is specially designed to look great for years beneath daily traffic of family, guests and four-legged friends alike. Some even offer a layer of UV protection so that the design and color won’t fade during long days of sun exposure.
- Laminate flooring is tough to clean.
You know that top finish we just mentioned? It also protects against stains and spills. So, typically the only regular cleaning that’s required is sweeping or vacuuming. We should mention, that this little bit of maintenance is important. If dirt and grime are left for long periods of time, that top layer can begin to get scratched off. Keep that broom in a convenient spot!
- Anyone can install laminate flooring themselves.
While relatively simple when compared to other options like hardwood or stone, laminate flooring still requires a certain level of skill and a number of tools to achieve a professional-quality finish. Laminate flooring is able to cover up a wide variety of materials, but you have to watch out for uneven areas. Ensuring that all the correct leveling is happening can be a challenge. That’s where Austin’s Floor Coverings International comes in. Call us today to schedule a free in-home consultation!
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