Laminate is an inexpensive flooring solution for homeowners searching for a wood-like look flooring product. While laminate is frequently used in homes across the country, homeowners may still have questions about the product. To help address those questions, we took a look at the top-most asked questions and answered them for you today. Let’s get started!
Q: What Is Laminate’s Composition?
A: Laminate is composed of four layers: the wear layer, the design layer, the core layer, and the back layer:
- The Wear Layer: The top, clear layer that helps add durability.
- The Design Layer: The actual design you see when you think of laminate floors (i.e. wood-like look). This layer is composed of a high-resolution photograph.
- The Core Layer: Underneath the design, you will find the core layer that helps add extra durability.
- The Back Layer: The last layer that helps protect the floor from moisture as well as balances out the construct.
The layers are then combined through the use of intense heat and pressurization.
Q: How Do I Clean and Maintain My Laminate Floors?
A: Homeowners love laminate because it is easy to clean and low-maintenance. To help keep your laminate floors in pristine condition, you will want to do the following steps:
- On a regular basis, you will want to take a dust mop with soft bristles and clean your laminate floors.
- For deeper cleaning, you can use a damp mop and clean your laminate floors. That being said, never use an excessive amount of water and always be sure to dry the floors completely.
- Clean up any accidental spills immediately and never let an excessive amount of liquid sit on your floors.
Q: In What Areas Can I Install Laminate?
A: Fortunately, laminate is an incredibly diverse product. In fact, it can be installed in almost every area of the home. That being said, we would strongly advise against wet areas like the bathroom. Since these areas are exposed to water frequently, it can cause the laminate to warp or swell. However, if you have a bathroom where water will not sit on the floor, then you have the ability to install laminate floors.
Q: How Durable Are Laminate Floors?
A: Durability is typically one of homeowners’ top priorities when it comes to flooring. Fortunately, laminate provides a durable surface with scratch- and fade-resistant properties. In fact, these properties help make it an ideal choice for pet owners and parents.
Q: Is Laminate Water-Proof?
A: The short answer, no. The long answer is that some laminate floors are considered “water-resistant.” What this means is it can be exposed to little moisture. In fact, it is discouraged from installing laminate in rooms like the bathroom, where there may be standing water.
Q: Is Laminate Budget-Friendly?
With laminate’s materials being inexpensive and easy to manufacture, laminate floors tend to be an affordable flooring option. In fact, many homeowners opt for laminate floors, where they cannot afford to place traditional hardwood floors.
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.
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