Laminate Installation Orlando
Laminate flooring is comprised of multiple layers of materials fused together through a lamination process. The laminate flooring installation method is unique in that it requires no glue or other fasteners to the subfloor. Instead, laminate flooring installations use a click-lock method that "floats” above a subfloor, allowing it to expand and contract with the temperature and humidity changes in your home. Due to its vast versatility and affordable options, laminate floors have virtually limitless design potential. Laminate flooring is perfect for those who have pets & busy families as it is low maintenance, and scratch and impact-resistant. Unlike hardwood flooring, laminate flooring manufacturers offer extensive warranties against fading, stains, and limited moisture damage.
There are some things you should consider before installing a laminate floor.
- Budget. Generally, the harder and more durable the hardwood, the more expensive it gets. It also depends on the installation method that is required for your subfloors; being nail down, glue down, or on occasion, floating. Hardwood flooring can come in around $2 - $10 per square foot for a solid hardwood flooring (not including installation cost), and engineered hardwood flooring from $2 - $6 per square foot (not including installation cost). Now, the approximate cost of a good quality laminate, not including installation cost, can run between $1.50 - $4 per square foot.
- Appearance. Laminate flooring is made of pre-designed patterns to imitate the look of the wood texture. However, some high quality laminates may look like real wood. Real hardwood floors have a tremendous amount of texture from the wood grain that simply cannot be replicated.
- Durability. The durability of hardwood flooring depends on quite a few variables such as finish, manufacturer, and maintenance routine. Solid and engineered hardwood floors can be refinished and repaired fairly easily. A properly finished and well-maintained hardwood floor can last decades. A good laminate flooring is highly resistant to moisture, making it perfect for people with pets. Most laminate floors will have to be replaced within 15-25 years after the original install, possibly even longer with proper maintenance routine. Make sure to check your flooring manufacturers warranty.
- Moisture. Since hardwood flooring is a natural product that responds to fluctuations in humidity and temperature, most manufacturers recommend not placing them in areas prone to high humidity such as bathrooms and kitchens or in areas with humidity over 65%. Hardwood floors are prone to warping and discoloration from moisture damage. Although laminate flooring has some resistance to moisture, it cannot handle standing water.
- Maintenance. Laminate floors are fairly easy to maintain. Regular sweeping and/or dry mopping is all that is necessary to maintain laminate flooring. Solid and engineered hardwood floors require slightly more upkeep. Hardwood flooring should be cleaned using a product designed especially for hardwood floors. Universal cleaning products may leave streaks or discolor your hardwood floors.