Few elements will have a greater impact on a building’s interior design than its flooring and it is hard to beat the look and feel of quality wood; however, while genuine hardwood can be a wonderful investment, it certainly isn’t cheap – thankfully, there is a quality alternative. If you are looking for flooring solutions that are practical, inexpensive and that will closely resemble an authentic wood finish, it is hard to beat laminate. Let’s take a closer look at what makes laminate such an impressive option.
When all is said and done, investing in laminate flooring can be as much as 50% cheaper than hardwood. Not only is the process of creating laminate far less intensive in terms of the energy and resources required (making it less expensive to make and buy) but the cost of installing laminate is also considerably less as well. As a result, you can get laminate flooring that resembles even the most exotic wood for a fraction of the price of the real thing.
Laminate flooring is made by compressing multiple layers together under high heat and extreme pressure, creating a hard and strong surface that can withstand almost any type of damage. This incredibly resilient flooring material will resist scraping, scratching and scuffing, making it ideal for high traffic areas, and it is also designed to defy moisture, staining and even damage from the sun, so it will thrive in almost any location.
Unlike hardwood flooring, laminate doesn’t require weeks to acclimatise prior to installation and it is also lighter and therefore easier to handle as well. Laminate can be designed to fit together in interlocking pieces, making installation fast, safe and easy, and you can even install it directly on top of most other types of flooring, saving you time and money on preparation.
Laminate is a fantastic choice for those who want or need to create a hygienic environment, such as those with asthma, allergies or young children. Laminate flooring is designed to be resistant to bacteria and impervious to moisture, so there is far less chance of mould or mildew developing, and unlike many other types of flooring, laminate won’t capture dust, dirt or dander.
No other flooring can compare to laminate when it comes to diversity of design, as you can have the image of almost any material printed directly onto the laminate in any pattern you like. Some laminates will even incorporate textures into their design, making it easy to create the perfect look, feel and atmosphere for any room.
Laminate flooring is manufactured with a sturdy veneer layer on top that protects against all manner of spills and accidents and makes cleaning extremely easy. Unlike hardwood, which requires regular care and maintenance, an occasional sweep and mop is usually more than enough to keep your laminate flooring looking its best.
If you are in the market for high quality commercial flooring that offers all-round performance and fantastic value for money you’d be wise to take a long hard look at laminate. If you need advice on finding the right flooring talk to the experts at Aussie Flooring Insights, because we have the experience and knowledge to help you find the ideal floor to suit your unique needs.