There are several flooring options available on the market today. Every floor has its pro’s and con’s, which should always be considered before a purchase, but finding a floor tailored to not only your needs but that is within your budget is essential as well. Laminate flooring is an excellent option for homeowners looking for a budget-friendly, hard surface flooring alternative, and we know that many people have questions that they want to be addressed before purchasing laminate. Here are the top-asked questions and answers to help better educate you on laminate flooring before your purchase:
Q: How Long Does Laminate Flooring Last?
A: “Naturally, the life expectancy of your flooring depends on the brand as well as the traffic in the area. Typically, laminate floors’ lifespan is between 15-25 years. Some laminate with commercial grading can last up to 35 years.”
Q: Can Laminate Flooring Be Installed over Uneven Surfaces
A: “You will want your subfloor to be as leveled as possible. Padding can hide small cracks and fluctuations in the subfloor; however, larger uneven spots can profile through to the surface. You will need to determine if your subfloor needs a new layer, smoothed out, or just sanded before installation.”
Q: Do I Need Padding Under My Laminate Flooring?
A: “A lot of laminate flooring today comes with a built-in underlayment–this can dampen sounds, create a cushioning, and help with movement in the planks. If your planks have this underlayment, there is no need to purchase another one. However, laminate flooring without this underlayment, typically, will need padding purchased separately.”
Q: Is Laminate More Durable than Hardwood Flooring?
A: “Yes, because it is compressed wood with a hard-plastic print on the surface layer. It will be more durable as well as more scratch resistant. Laminate is great because it is also very easy to clean. Though hardwood is very authentic and can help raise your home’s value, laminate floors are a great alternative to explore.”
Laminate flooring has come along way over the past years. It is excellent for homes, rental properties, and commercial application. Laminate can also help raise your home value because it is more durable and usually more preferred than carpet. With many great styles and design, you are sure to find the perfect look for your space.