When it comes to flooring it doesn't pay off to try and save a lot of money. Here are 7 reasons to consider high end laminate floors.
Considering laminate flooring? You've come to the right place. While laminate flooring may look similar to a wide range of other flooring types, unlike these other flooring materials, laminate is actually engineered from many layers.
What does this mean for you? Well, this means that your choice of laminate may just be more budget-friendly and more durable than some natural flooring choices.
Read on for 7 reasons why laminate may be the high-end flooring option for you.
1. Enjoy Increased Durability
Laminate floors have always been a good choice for busy households. It's especially useful in places that get a lot of foot traffic, like living rooms or hallways. The planks feature a strong layer over the top that keeps scratches and dents at bay. This layer will also help to minimize signs of wear and prevent staining.
High-end laminate flooring provides thicker wear layers and a better quality image. This results in a more durable plank with a more realistic finish.
In contrast, wooden floors can absorb stains, but the wear layer on laminate makes stains easier to clean. Your high-end laminate flooring will last much longer with much less maintenance. You won't need to wax or refinish the floors as you do with hardwood. Sweeping or mopping will do the trick.
2. Water Resistance
Most wooden floors will resist water, to an extent. Over time, the water can damage wood and make planks buckle.
Laminate flooring isn't completely waterproof, like vinyl flooring, it doesn't tolerate standing water for long since it can seep between the planks.
Yet the floor still resists moisture. Its stabilizing layer also stops water coming up into the planks from below. The foam underlayer can prevent mold forming under the floor.
You can also get water-resistant laminate wood flooring that is more durable than other types of laminate.
3. Enjoy Consistency Across the Floor
Hardwood floors are beautiful but there can be inconsistencies across the planks. This is to be expected in a natural material.
High-end laminate flooring doesn't face this same problem. The planks mimic the textures and details of natural materials and since the laminate boards use photographic imaging, the flooring is more consistent to the eye.
You won't find defects that you need to remove or trim away. This makes laminate a less wasteful type of flooring.
Older or less expensive forms of laminate flooring have had a reputation for being slippery to walk on, but high-end laminate flooring options feature a textured finish to reduce these problems. The wear layer is engineered to be slip-resistant.
4. Combine High-End Laminate Flooring With Underfloor Heating
Fun fact, you can't put underfloor heating systems under most flooring types. They're usually bonded to the floor substrate in some way to keep them in place. This makes them incompatible with heating systems.
Laminate flooring is installed using a tongue-and-groove system so the boards 'float' above the floor beneath. This means you can install a laminate floor on top of almost any substrate.
This 'floating' method of installation also gives you the space to add a radiant heating system. These systems help to take the chill off the floor, making it more comfortable to walk on in the winter.
5. Install the Flooring Yourself
Thanks to this tongue-and-groove system, even beginners can install high-end laminate flooring. That's because of this 'floating' characteristic.
Lay a foam underlay first to help cushion the planks against the substrate. This also makes laminate flooring more comfortable underfoot. It can also remove the 'hollow' sound often associated with older laminate floors.
Simply click the planks together and lay them as required. They're soft enough to cut with a regular saw if you need to cut them to fit.
If you're not feeling confident, you can hire a professional to lay your floor for you. The laminate installation also won't take as long as other flooring types, making it a quicker solution to redecorate a room.
6. Enjoy an Allergen-Free Floor
Carpets can harbor an endless array of indoor allergens, including dust, pet hair, and pollen. Laminate flooring doesn't trap these things so you can easily sweep them away.
This makes laminate flooring a better choice for those with allergies. Choosing a high-end form of laminate helps to make the floor last and helps your home to stay free of allergens for longer!
Our high-end laminate flooring is certified to help you create a healthy home.
7. Choose From a Wide Range of Styles
We've referred to the planks looking like wood. Yet the beauty of laminate flooring is that it mimics almost any type of floor you can think of.
Laminate also comes in a range of finishes to simulate stone, wood, or tiles. You'll find a series of thicknesses to choose from, while surface treatments vary.
This means you can opt for a smooth or textured plank, depending on your chosen finish. You may prefer a smooth finish for a tiled effect but opt for texture if you want a hardwood effect.
High-end options give a feel closer to that of real hardwood. The thicker boards can even help you mimic the acoustics of a wooden floor.
Which Type of High-End Laminate Floors Will You Choose?
Laminate flooring has come a long way since its early days of trying to mimic wood. High-end laminate floors give you more design options combined with better durability.
Your biggest decision lies in choosing between the tile, wood, or stone finishes. Will you choose textured or smooth? It all depends on the room you're decorating and the feel you want to achieve.
Contact us today for a free laminate flooring quote!