Laminate Hardwood Flooring

For some, laminate hardwood flooring is a good option. It can be a durable floor and the snap together (floating) varieties can make it an easy option for the do-it-yourselfer. In many cases, laminate flooring costs less than its solid and engineered counterparts. Let's take a closer look at exactly what a laminate hard wood floor is and how it might fit into your home.

Laminate hardwood flooring at its essence, are a photographic image, representative of a given species of hardwood, that is literally laminated to a plywood or wood product backing. The surface coating is similar to what is used in engineered and solid wood flooring and will hold up to normal wear and tear. However, because it is only an image under that finish, it is not a floor that can be refinished like engineered or solid floors can be.

Laminate hardwood flooring costs less, more often than not, because the product is manufactured. The entire installation process can cost less as well because with the advancements in floating floors, like the Uniclic laminate flooring, many find they can install these floors themselves. Though, it is always advisable to consult a flooring professional before embarking on these kinds of projects.

That initial lower bottom line is only part of the overall picture. Something else to consider with laminate hardwood flooring costs is the expense of repairs. As mentioned above, the floor cannot be refinished. If a solid oak floor is water damaged from a leaky kitchen pipe, repairs are relatively simple and not cost prohibitive. After allowing ample time for the floor to dry out, it can be sanded and refinished, restoring it to like-new. Should the same scenario happen to your laminated hard wood floor that option is lost to you. Damaged boards will have to be removed and replaced, provided the same flooring is still available.

Cleaning laminate wood flooring is just as easy as cleaning a solid wood floor with a urethane finish. Sweep the floors often or use a vacuum with a bare floor attachment. Only when absolutely necessary, mop the floors with a damp mop and a solution of ¼ white vinegar added to a gallon of warm water. There are also many over the counter wood floor cleaning products, including Bona Wood Floor Cleaner, which will leave your finish clear and shiny and do not use water. Remember to read labels when buying over the counter products and avoid those with wax, bleach, and ammonia.

There are many options when it comes to choosing laminate and picking the best flooring laminate can be confusing. Whether you are looking at an Allegra laminate flooring or Tundra laminate flooring it all comes down to the same basic issues. Will I be happy with a floor that represents a solid wood floor that is durable and easy to keep clean? Am I willing to sacrifice the increased value to my home and the ability to refinish the floor down the line should I chose to? These are questions you should ask yourself when comparing laminate vs wood flooring.

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