Why Laminate Flooring?
Laminate flooring is the newest and hottest trend to hit the residential flooring industry.
Simply put, it's an ultra-durable product that looks like a real wood, yet costs about one-third less than the real wood. It is easier to install and typically lasts longer.
Laminate also offers a variety of other benefits, including:
- High UV resistance, blocking the sun's harmful rays and protecting the floor pattern from fading over time.
- Easy installation.
- Excellent warranty protection.
- Easy repairs, since damaged planks can be replaced without contrasting with the pattern of surrounding boards.
- Easy cleaning, since laminate flooring doesn't trap dirt. Most spills can be cleaned up with a terry cloth mop, Swiffer or sponge.
Laminate flooring gives you flexibility. Wood-grains and lightly colored stone patterns provide the opportunity to dramatically alter the overall look and feel of a room by changing some of the accents. A guest room, for example, can change with the seasons by simply changing out the linens.
Look at your flooring options from different angles: laminate flooring planks can be installed on the diagonal (instead of straight) -- and tiles can either be laid corner-to-corner or in a staggered manner to create a variety of different looks. You'll need to add an extra 15-20% more material for waste for these types of installations, but the results are worth it!
Match or Contrast ... That's the Question!
With so many wood-grain looks available in laminate, most consumers are tempted to try to match new flooring to the color of existing cabinetry. And while it may work out in some instances, you will probably be more satisfied with the end result if you choose a contrasting or coordinating look.