Both laminate flooring and hardwood flooring can smarten up a home.
Both laminate flooring and hardwood flooring can smarten up a home, and whereas hardwood is often thought to be a better-quality option,laminate flooring has several advantages. Clear differences between the two types of flooring often make laminate a more attractive alternative.
Some hardwood flooring is engineered, meaning that instead of solid hardwood, it is made of several wood layers with a hardwood veneer. Laminate flooring, usually 7mm to 8mm thick, is also made of several layers. These are laminated together, which makes for stability and strength. The top surface of laminate flooring is a photograph of hardwood.
High quality photographs faithfully reproduce the grain and colour of natural hardwood, and the surfaces on quality laminate flooring closely resemble real wood. Although many people insist on hardwood flooring, laminates are a long-lasting, durable and affordable option that are quickly becoming one of the most popular types of flooring.
Because laminate flooring is basically a wood product it is not recommended that it be installed in wet places such as bathrooms, washrooms, saunas, enclosed porches or verandas, or anywhere that may require wet-mopping. Extended exposure to moisture of this type may cause the core of your laminate flooring to warp or swell. In some instances, with special installation procedures, it is possible to install laminate floors in bathrooms where water will not stand on the floor for any length of time. If you’d like to have any more information about using laminates for flooring, please give us a call at 011 830 1265.