wood laminate floors in Flagstaff, AZBeing a homeowner today means the luxury of having a wide range of different flooring materials to choose from. Unlike the way it was 20 years ago, today the possibilities are almost endless. One material that has grown in popularity in recent years is laminate. Laminate is a synthetic flooring material constructed of four layers that are bonded together. Each manufacturer may have slight differences in the way they make their products, but generally laminate’s core layer is made of melamine resin and fiberboard. Here we’ll dig into both the pros and cons of laminate flooring to find out why homeowners in Flagstaff and beyond have embraced the material as a new favorite.

Pros of Laminate Flooring

  • Laminate is extremely durable and long lasting
  • Most manufacturers issue long warranties with their laminate floors
  • It’s water resistant and stain resistant as long as spills are cleaned up right away
  • Unlike hardwood floors, laminate planks have no defects or imperfections
  • It can be installed as a “floating floor” on top of your existing subfloor
  • It’s available in a variety of styles, including hardwood, natural stone, and tile imitations
  • An affordable alternative to real hardwood or tile

Cons of Laminate Flooring

  • Even with a foam underlayment, laminate is not as soft or as insulating as carpet or cork flooring
  • Although it can look like real hardwood at a glance, it isn’t the same
  • The inexpensive nature of laminate means it doesn’t raise the resale value of your home like real hardwood flooring does
  • Unlike hardwood, laminate cannot be repaired or refinished. The damaged plank must be replaced

When it comes down to choosing whether laminate is the right floor for you, it really depends on personal preference. Some may hold budget and low maintenance as higher priorities over having genuine hardwood in their home. Alternatively, some people might prefer carpet’s soft and plush feel to the firmness of laminate. Whatever you choose, Floor Coverings International Flagstaff is here to help. As your local flooring experts, we offer free in-home estimates and design consultations in the Flagstaff, Sedona areas. Call us today to schedule yours!

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