When it comes to flooring, laminate is relatively young. It first started gaining popularity in the U.S. in the 1990s, and has just gotten more popular with time. Early laminate flooring was simpler and not as visually appealing as the modern versions. However, within recent years, the advancement of technology has allowed for laminate to do the same. If you’re looking for quality flooring on a budget, laminate might be a great option for your Columbia home.
Affordability & Durability
One of the most appealing qualities of laminate flooring is its affordability. It’s made from less expensive materials than other flooring, like hardwood or stone tile. It is made of a strong, dense fiberboard base, high-resolution imaging printed on a film layer, and finished with a protective top layer of durable melamine. Laminate floors are also installed as “floating floors,” which means they don’t have to be glued down and can be installed on top of existing floors or subfloors. This saves on installation costs and takes less time. Laminate floors are very durable and can be installed in high-traffic areas.
Another thing that makes laminate flooring popular is its style versatility. It comes in planks or square tiles to be made to look like wood flooring, stone, or ceramic tile. The high-resolution printing can create a variety of visual options that imitates other flooring types, giving you the sleek look of hardwood without the higher costs.
An additional perk to laminate flooring is its low maintenance. The durability combined with how easy it is to clean is largely why laminate floors have been and remain to be commonly found in commercial buildings, like offices, hospitals, and schools. The surface of the flooring material is resistant to moisture, does not absorb allergens, and can usually be cleaned with only warm water and a mop or rag.
Although laminate flooring has typically been more popular in commercial interiors, it has gained popularity among homeowners in Columbia, MD and beyond. Its durability, low maintenance, and wide variety of style options make it a versatile flooring material. If you think laminate would be a good fit for your home, or if you have questions about other flooring options, contact Floor Coverings International Howard County today and schedule a free design consultation.
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