Are wood laminate floors durable?
There’s no doubt about it – laminated floors have cemented their place as the top alternative to hardwood flooring. Times have changed since two decades ago when carpet, hardwood and linoleum were the standard options around – today’s homeowners want something that looks good without the fuss and is resilient. At Floorsmart, we never hesitate to recommend that laminate floors fit the bill – it will stand the test of foot-traffic and furniture time, and be an affordable investment many times over. In fact in established markets such as the US, laminate is often the number one flooring choice.
It’s not that laminate doesn’t handle moisture well – it can, provided you clean up spills very quickly. So the one caveat for your laminate floor in Hillcrest is: be mindful of water. If you install it in the kitchen, make sure you don’t leave the kitchen sink or washing machine taps overflowing. The same goes for the bathroom. Traditionally, laminate is not as such recommended for the bathroom or kitchen, but it all comes down to individual homeowners care for their floors from a moisture perspective.
What makes laminate so durable?
As far as your laminate floor in Hillcrest goes, it really is one of the longest lasting and durable options.
We like to think of it as also being one of the most endearing, other than being enduring, for it’s good looks! You simply won’t struggle to find a laminate floor that doesn’t meet your interior decor inclinations, for example. The designs are about as wide, varied and luxurious as you can hope to imagine.
Laminate floors are made by bonding together four distinct layers. The top and bottom layers are then added, having been made of tough melamine resin. Melamine is a thermostatic, high-pressure resin finish. Then, a final tough but transparent layer is added. This means your laminate floor in Hillcrest is resistant to wear and tear. High heels, dog fur, foot traffic, dust and occasional damp are all no problem for this hardworking floor. It is an incredible underfoot finish that really is able to withstand all but the most extreme impact.
It is also colour-true, so won’t fade as a result of direct sunlight or synthetic light. Manufacturers are so confident in their laminate products, that you can find warranties ranging from 5 to 20 and even 25 years.
Because of the non-static finish, laminate is also highly stain-resistant. This saves you not only precious manual cleaning hours, means you’ll have to fork out for those expensive floor-cleaning products less often. As long as you wipe up fluid mess and spills fairly quickly, you’ll also have a laminate floor , thats quite water-tough.
Finally, besides your laminate floor being durable, it is also extremely hardworking in other ways as it is simple to install, maintain and repair. It’s a smart floor with a resounding ‘yes’ from Floorsmart team!