A laminate floor is the “Cinderella” of flooring. Once the ignored and disadvantaged sister, its reputation has soared in recent years. A relatively new invention in flooring, it has edged itself onto the competitive flooring market as a strong alternative to wood and stone flooring.
The interlocking system of the panels make them very easy to install. All you have to do is lay down an underlayment and click one piece into the next. There is no glue or adhesive needed.
Laminate flooring is one of the most economical choices on the flooring market. A laminate floor is generally cheaper than stone or wood, even at its entry-level price point. Easy installation can mean significant savings in labor costs if you are paying a professional. Like with most things, you will pay more for quality. As you go up in quality, laminate prices go up. However, laminates offer advantages and versatility that you will not find in other flooring material.
Laminate floors can very accurately mimic the look (and some of the texture) of real wood or stone. You can have the look of either floor without the corresponding higher price tag. Interestingly, the advancements in photography and printing have helped the resurgence of laminate floors. The appearance of the laminate layer (the top layer) is created using high-resolution photography. It can be difficult to tell the difference in appearance between good, quality laminate and a hardwood floor or stone tile.
Laminate floors are far less likely to become damaged and are highly resistant. It will not scratch or scuff easily. It is far more resistant to moisture than wood, making it very friendly to spills. Even wines will not have much of an impact because it does not stain easily. It is also resistant to mold and mildew, an advantage to those with asthma or allergies. It is an ideal flooring option for high-traffic areas and in spaces frequented by children. Some of the top brands today are European-born. The practical, but style-savvy Europeans easily embraced laminate’s resistance to scratching and scuffing while it still looked stylish or elegant without a hefty price tag.
Laminate floors are exceptionally easy to clean compared to wood or stone. Because they are not as delicate as either of its pricier sisters, you can easily dust and mop them without having to worry that you will damage or scratch them.
If you are interested in laminate flooring, you can start by visiting the Galaxie Floor Stores showroom. We can show you samples of the beautiful laminate flooring that we have available. Once you see laminate flooring it person along with its price tag, it can be difficult to go back!