The Pros and Cons of Laminate Flooring Tampa Homeowners Need to Know
Some Tampa homeowners may hear the phrase “laminate flooring” and have a number of images come to mind. Make no mistake, laminate flooring is no thin layer of linoleum rolled out onto the floor. High quality, synthetic flooring layers are fused together with a photorealistic layer set beneath a protective top coat. The photorealistic layer provides a look that emulates wood or stone, providing a natural look at a fraction of the cost. Still, laminate flooring may not be for everyone. Here is a list of a number of pros and cons of this easy-to-install option:
Pros of Laminate Flooring
Laminate Flooring is Inexpensive
Hardwood is an investment, and one that not every homeowner is willing or able to make. When installing laminate flooring, Tampa homeowners can get a high quality product which provides the look they want while only spending a fraction of the cost.
Laminate Flooring Lacks Visual Imperfections
Natural flooring materials can contain visual imperfections, such as inconsistent grain or knots in wood, or discoloration in stone. Laminate flooring has been designed to emulate these materials but lack such imperfections, providing a flawless look once installed.
Laminate Flooring is Durable
While not completely impervious to damage, laminate flooring can take a lot of wear and still look brand new. The high quality laminate flooring boards are hard to scratch, chip or dent—significantly harder to damage than natural materials such as stone or wood flooring.
Laminate Flooring is Very Easy to Clean
Laminate flooring is among the easiest of flooring options to clean up after a spill. The protective top coating on each piece of laminate makes it stain resistant, so there is no risk of the flooring absorbing a new color from a spill, unlike carpeted floors or even hardwood if a stain isn’t cleaned up right away. The process of cleaning is also simple; simple household cleaners are often enough to clean and disinfect laminate flooring.
Cons of Laminate Flooring
Laminate Flooring Has a Stigma for Some
Some homeowners and contractors tend to view laminate flooring as “fake” flooring since it is made of synthetic materials but designed to look like natural ones. This ultimately comes down to personal preference and tastes of each homeowner. For homeowners who only like to use natural materials in their home, laminate flooring may not be most suitable choice.
Laminate Flooring Doesn’t Provide the Best Resale Value
Laminate flooring may ultimately lower a house’s selling price compared to a home with hardwood flooring, all else being equal. A profit can still be made, of course, but materials inside the home will be a selling point for prospective buyers in the future.
Laminate Flooring Needs to be Replaced, Not Repaired
There really is no way to repair a laminate flooring tile if it has worn down or become damaged. Hardwood floors could be sanded and refinished to get them looking new again. Alas, laminate simply needs to be replaced. Thankfully, due to laminate flooring’s lower costs compared to hardwood, even replacing a few boards will keep total expenses below the cost of a hardwood floor.