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The Luxury of Hardwood Flooring


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The Luxury of Hardwood Flooring

When I moved into a fixer-upper 11 years ago, I detested its worn, discolored flooring. At the time, the house contained two different types of flooring, carpet and linoleum. Three years ago, I decided to finally update the floors in my mud room, kitchen, and dining room. After ripping up the linoleum in the mud room and kitchen and the carpet in the dining room, I installed beautiful hardwood flooring in all three rooms. I absolutely love the rich, luxurious color of my distressed, hickory flooring. I also adore how easily these floors can be cleaned. On this blog, I sincerely hope you will discover the benefits of investing in hardwood flooring for your home. Enjoy!

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Advantages And Disadvantages Of Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is a popular type of flooring that is made out of synethetic materials which are then fused together. It is designed to imitate the appearance of wood or other types of flooring, but because it is made out of different materials, possesses a different set of advantages and disadvantages. Understanding what laminate flooring has to offer can help you decide whether or not it's the right fit for your home's floors.

Advantages of Laminate Flooring

Low Cost: Laminate flooring tends to be a fairly affordable flooring option. Though it is made to imitate hardwood or stone flooring, laminate flooring will cost only a fraction of what those flooring materials would cost. Of course, the actual price savings will depend on the type of wood or stone that it is compared to. This means that you can get the appearance of a premium flooring material without breaking your budget.

Ease of Installation: Laminate flooring is very easy to install. Floorboards are interlocked and glued together as they are laid into place, which is a repetitive and simple process. Furthermore, laminate flooring is much lighter when compared to wood or stone flooring, which makes it much easier to work with and transport. This helps reduce installation times and costs.

Ease of Maintenance: Laminate flooring is not absorbent, which means that liquids, dirt, and other debris will simply sit on top of the flooring. Furthermore, this means that you can use water and wet cleaning materials to wipe off each floorboard without worrying about damaging your floor, or opening up the potential of mold and mildew growth.

Durability: Laminate flooring is very durable, and able to withstand general wear and tear without breaking down. This is because laminate flooring is shielded by a thin layer, the laminate, which protects the synthetic material in the middle of the board.

Disadvantages of Laminate Flooring

Slippery: Laminate flooring can pose a safety hazard to children and elderly homeowners, as it is a very slippery surface and does not provide grip. Care should be taken, especially around stairs and other hazards, by placing carpets and rugs to provide more grip.

Lack of Customization: Unlike real hardwood floors, laminate flooring cannot be sanded down and refinished. This means that you cannot alter the appearance of your floor if you are no longer happy with the aesthetic that it provides, and that you cannot simply resurface your floor once it becomes worn. Instead, you will have to rip up and replace the entirety of a worn down laminate floor.

For more information, contact Remi Gosselin Flooring Ltd or a similar company.