How to Decide if Laminate Flooring is Right For Your Facility
So you want to know the laminate flooring pros and cons? Laminate flooring has gone through recent manufacturing improvements that have made it one of the most popular types of flooring for facilities in the Unites States. This flooring option is made from wood chips glued together using adhesive, heat, and pressure, with an attractive, durable veneer secured to the surface.
This list of pros and cons will help you decide if laminate flooring is a viable option for your facility.
Pro: Now, most laminates do a good job of replicating the look of wood floors (for about half the cost of a hardwood floor installation!). Unlike real wood, laminate blocks don’t have dents or imperfections, which contributes to a lot less wasted materials.
Con: In the past, laminate flooring could look fake or cheap, especially compared to hardwood flooring or other flooring options.
Pro: Laminate flooring lasts about 15-25 years, but can last as long as 30 years depending on the amount of traffic and the quality of the installation. Laminate flooring holds up well in well-trafficked areas, with no scuffing or scratch marks on the surface.
Con: Unfortunately, laminate floors don’t repair easily. When the flooring does become grooved and dented over time, imperfections can’t be sanded away. Even if only part of the floor gets damaged, you might have to get the whole thing replaced. Occasionally, individual boards can be taken out and replaced, but the new boards might not match the shade of the existing boards exactly. Some laminate flooring has UV protection to protect it from fading in sunlight, which comes in handy if you do ever need to replace individual boards.
Pro: Laminate flooring is easy to clean. The top veneer resists topical moisture, which can be easily mopped up. You won’t ever need to wax laminate flooring as you would hardwood floors.
Con: Water can sometimes seep in between the boards during cleaning, so you will have to use a special laminate floor cleaner.
Pro: Laminate flooring installation is fast, usually taking an average of 5 days for a 10×20 ft. room – a far cry from hardwood flooring, which can take up to 3 wks. before the entire job is completed. Some laminate designs need to be glued, but more recent designs snap together easily, like puzzle pieces.
Con: Although the installation procedure is pretty straight forward, the laminate blocks can get damaged during installation. If the pressboard separates from the veneer, moisture can creep in and rot the pressboard. But good installers will prevent this from happening.
Life with Laminate Flooring
Pro: Most laminate flooring has an underlayment, which gives the floor a softer, almost spongy feel. The underlayment makes standing on it for extended periods of time much easier, which is ideal for areas where a lot of standing is required.
Con: Unfortunately, laminate flooring will not increase the overall value of your facility if you’re interested in eventually selling.
Now that you know the yeses and the nos for laminate flooring, you’ll be able to better determine if it’s right for your facility. Check out our laminate flooring options if you’re interested to learn more.