One of the most important feature of your home is the floor. It will be one of the first thing the potential buyers or visitors will see when they come in to your home. Timber looking floors are always popular because it conveys class, a feature on most modern homes today and it’s a look that seem to never grow out of style.
However classical hardwood floors are not a cheap choice. So what do you do if you are on a tight budget? Laminate flooring maybe your answer.
What’s the Laminate Difference?
Laminate flooring are different layers of synthetic flooring material fused together to mimic hardwood floors. It consists of a glue less installation locking system which saves you money and time since it also allows you to do it yourself (DIY). The ease of installation is due to the tongue and groove in these laminate flooring planks which can be clicked into one another.
Laminate floors are laid straight over a moister resistant underlay. After the laying you don’t need to sand or polish your floor ever in its lifetime.
How convenient is that? Not only do you save money by choosing laminate flooring, you also save yourself time and plenty of headaches!
However, buyers beware, laminate flooring prices can vary quite considerably, and there is a good reason for that.
What you need to ask and look out for when choosing your laminate flooring are:
- Doesn’t lock together well
- Looks cheap
- Doesn’t go through the same testing standards as Euro & USA
- Toxic materials used
- Short life span
- No durability
- China Made
Normally buyers of these cheap laminate flooring complain about their floors being easily damaged, wearing out in the doorway, getting discoloration due to the exposure of the sun and an incorrect finish to the surface.
It may be fine for a few months after the installation, and you may have saved a few dollars at the start, but a year or two down the line your floor doesn’t have that wow factor like it did on day one!
The safe bet is to go for laminate flooring made in Europe and America, from companies that have been around for decades and aren’t going to close their doors anytime soon. They normally meet the highest standards in the world and have demanding criteria to meet.
They also use highest quality materials such as AC4 or AC5 grading, comprising of 95% timber, and using HDF (high density fibreboard) which are designed for commercial use such as offices, schools and shops.
Main qualities of a well-made laminate flooring are:
- Naturally renewable raw materials used
- Resistant to abrasion
- Hardwearing and compression-proof
- Largely resistant to cigarette burns
- Lightfast and still looks great after years
- Pleasant to walk on
So if you are thinking of transforming your home and giving it a classical but modern look and within a tight budget, consider laminate flooring. But beware, do your homework and ensure you keep a look out for those key characteristics in distinguishing the quality laminate flooring from the cheap ones that will end up costing you more money in the long run.