There's no such thing as a perfect floor covering for every house - or even every room in the house. They all have their advantages and drawbacks.
And just like every living space serves a different purpose, people also have different tastes and that's probably the reason we have such a wide variety of floors available these days.
Laminate flooring is one of the newest inventions and became popular very quickly, for many reasons.
Beginning laminate flooring / Before
Finished laminate flooring / After
What is laminate flooring?
In the United States also called floating wood, laminate flooring is a synthetic product, manufactured in layers - and fused together with the process of lamination.
- The bottom layer serves the purpose of resisting the moisture and to provide solid foundation.
- The inner core is for enhanced stability, water resistance and increased durability.
- The next, image design layer is carrying high resolution picture design of wood or stone - along with the floor's unique texture for more realistic appeal.
- The last, top layer, is also called wear layer and safeguards your laminate floor from fading, scratches and other usual wear and tear incidents.
Dining room before - with carpet
Dining room after - with laminate floor
What does laminate flooring look like?
Laminate usually imitates quite realistic look of real wood or natural stone, with its looks and texture. Therefore it comes in a wide variety of shades and textures.
According to manufacturers' recommendations it is an optimal flooring solution for nearly any area, except for those with excessive moisture.
Hallway before - with carpet
Hallway after - with laminate floor installed
All the images credits: Louis
What are the benefits of laminate flooring ?
- cost effectiveness - comparing to natural wood or stone flooring
- relatively easy to install
- can be installed over almost any existing floor (except carpet)
- visually pleasing
- fade resistant
- resistant to growth of bacteria and mold
- easy to maintain
- convenient packaging in 4-foot strips or tiles in variety of sizes
- no need for acclimation for the laminate floor to accustom to a new environment's pressure and temperature