LAMINATE

Pop­u­lar for its at­trac­tive price point, which clocks in lower than nat­u­ral hard­wood, laminate floors none­the­less pro­vide the look and feel of wood and tile. Its ease of main­te­nance and con­ve­nient ap­pli­ca­tion makes it easy pick and a good sub­sti­tute for th

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EASY TO IN­STALL AND RE­PLACE

Be­cause most lam­i­nates come with snap­to­gether mech­a­nisms, it’s easy to in­stall, and as such make for a good DIY project. At the same time, it’s also pos­si­ble to re­place just one laminate plank if it’s dam­aged; you won’t need to re­place the en­tire set.

FUSS-FREE MAIN­TE­NANCE

Easy enough to clean; sim­ply wipe up spills asap to avoid wa­ter seep­ing in, and give it a good sweep and wipe-down ev­ery once in a while with a laminate cleaner.

CAN BE IN­STALLED OVER EX­IST­ING FLOOR­ING

With its light­weight, snap-to­gether con­fig­u­ra­tion, laminate is in­stalled over a foam cush­ion un­der­lay, so one can do it over ex­ist­ing floor­ing with­out first tear­ing any of it out.

CAN CHEAPEN THE LOOK OF A HOME

Be­cause you can in­stantly tell when a floor is laminate, its pres­ence in your home might lower the re­sale value. In­vest in good, high-end lam­i­nates to com­bat this.

SUS­CEP­TI­BLE TO WA­TER DAM­AGE

No mat­ter what any­one tells you, wa­ter dam­age is al­ways an is­sue with lam­i­nates. For this pur­pose, they should not be used in the bath­room or in ar­eas that are fre­quently wet. Clean up spills im­me­di­ately.

CAN’T BE RETREATED LIKE WOOD

While scratched wood can be given a new coat of paint, laminate needs to be re­placed once it is worn out.

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