If you love the look of a hardwood floor but don’t quite have the budget for it, laminate flooring is a good alternative. Laminate floors have the look of real wood, are easy to clean, and extremely easy to install. Our Boston Floor installation Experts offer professional floor installation at competitive rates.
Especially in the current economic climate, many people opt for vinyl plank flooring over true hardwood to help bring down the cost. Luxury vinyl plank flooring for installation is considerably less expensive per square foot, and is easily stained to match any décor. Because many laminate floors now feature a locking design for the planks, glue is often not needed for the installation process, which cuts down on the amount of chemicals used and helps with airborne allergens.
Unlike hardwood flooring, laminate floors are made of planks composed of multiple tightly-compressed layers of composite wood. A high-resolution image of the desired wood type (like oak or walnut) is superimposed on top of the laminate planks or tiles so that it resembles a hardwood floor, and then it is covered by a durable “wear layer” that protects the image from any fading or damage. The average lifespan of a laminate floor is about 15-25 years with proper maintenance and care.
While the lowered cost of installation is a plus, it is important to keep in mind that a laminate floor is not capable of being refinished the way that a solid hardwood or engineered hardwood floor can. Any significant damage will require a complete floor replacement. Laminate flooring can also be susceptible to moisture damage and should not be installed in laundry rooms, bathrooms, or other similar areas.
Laminate and vinyl plank floors are one of the easier floors to install on your own as a part of a DIY project. However, if you want to avoid potentially costly mistakes, you should still consider working with a flooring contractor. Our flooring experts will safely and efficiently sweep you home for anything that may cause complications during installation, such as stud nails, uneven subfloor, areas prone to excessive moisture, etc.
Because laminate floor installation doesn’t require any intensive labor, such as sanding or applying a stain, the process is pretty quick. Most homes can be finished within a day or two. And while it may be easier to be out of the house during installation, it is not a necessity the way it would be during installation of a solid hardwood or engineered hardwood floor. There will be a minimum of amount of dust and chemicals, and your laminate floor will be ready to walk on as soon as it is laid out.
If you’re in need of a laminate floor contractor or vinyl plank flooring installer to help out with your new floors, then don’t hesitate! Call the Boston Floor Experts today at the number listed at the top or click the link to fill out our form for a free quote!