22 Ideas Of Laminate Flooring With Pros And Cons

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Choosing floors for your home? We’ve already shared stone, hardwood, concrete, tile and some other flooring ideas and today I’d like to continue the topic with one more type: laminate. Just like any other material, laminate has its own pros and cons, let’s consider them to find out if they fit your home or not.

Pros

Laminate flooring is easy to install: there’s no other easier material. It’s also a floating floor that doesn’t require nailing, stapling, gluing to a subfloor. Laminate can be installed over just about any substrate, including concrete, wood, plywood, OSB, and previously installed vinyl flooring.

Laminate floors are durable and scratch resistant, they are also rather resistant to impacts, stains, and won’t fade when exposed to sunlight. The laminate construction gives the pieces stability and prevents seams from opening up during changes in humidity.

The wear layer of laminate floor is extremely tough, which makes cleanup and maintenance easy. Occasional sweeping keeps the surface free from abrasive grit.

Laminate looks similar to real wood, which makes it a nice option for those who love wood but can’t install it for some reason. There are many looks to choose from, so you will easily find a proper type for your home.

Laminate is eco-friendly: no old-growth or exotic trees are used to produce it.

chic dark laminate floors for a whitewashed living room to create a contrast

chic dark laminate floors for a whitewashed living room to create a contrast

laminate here looks like natural oak and is rather durable

laminate here looks like natural oak and is rather durable

laminate is easy to maintain and can be used throughout the house in different rooms

laminate is easy to maintain and can be used throughout the house in different rooms

laminate exists in planks and tiles and there are lots of shades and looks, so you can easily find a fit

laminate exists in planks and tiles and there are lots of shades and looks, so you can easily find a fit

laminate is scratch and stain resistant  it won't fade in the sunlight

laminate is scratch and stain resistant it won't fade in the sunlight

a vintage-styled bedroom with an elegant feel and laminate flooring, which looks like wood

a vintage-styled bedroom with an elegant feel and laminate flooring, which looks like wood

such light-colored laminate can be your stylish statement in the space

such light-colored laminate can be your stylish statement in the space

laminate is a great option for a living or dining room as it's easy to maintain and is stain resistant

laminate is a great option for a living or dining room as it's easy to maintain and is stain resistant

redwood inspired laminate makes a bold statement in this neutral space

redwood inspired laminate makes a bold statement in this neutral space

feel free to get some laminate if you have kids and pets, it's scratch resistant and easy to clean

feel free to get some laminate if you have kids and pets, it's scratch resistant and easy to clean

oak-colored laminate is a cool solution for a home office where you move chairs often - it won't scratch that much

oak-colored laminate is a cool solution for a home office where you move chairs often - it won't scratch that much

laminate flooring is easy to install, and it can be your own DIY project

laminate flooring is easy to install, and it can be your own DIY project

Cons

Laminate is made from a composite material, which is more susceptible to water damage than natural wood: once it is exposed directly to standing water, it breaks down and expands. It limits the areas where you can use laminate: Installations on basement floors and slabs should include a moisture barrier. Laminate flooring in the kitchen is okay as long as you’re diligent about cleaning up spills and splashes, and as for bathrooms, I wouldn’t recommend that.

The second disadvantage is hard repairing. It’s easier to re-install the laminate while hardwood can be just refinished. Check the warranty of the flooring you’re thinking of buying; products with higher warranties mean better quality and longer life.

While installing laminate is rather easy, you will still need some skill to do that: for quality installation you may need professional skill, especially for the initial and final phase.

Laminate may look real, but it’s still a synthetic that feels unnaturally hard and can be harsh-sounding when walked on.

Some laminate materials may be made with formaldehyde and other chemicals that environmental experts say can release toxic VOCs, be aware of that.

in case you are using laminate in basements, entryways or other damp areas, it will need a moisture resistant finish

in case you are using laminate in basements, entryways or other damp areas, it will need a moisture resistant finish

laminate flooring in a bathroom is a very bad idea as it get damaged because of water easily

laminate flooring in a bathroom is a very bad idea as it get damaged because of water easily

if you are installing laminate in the kitchen, clean all the splashes and stains immediately

if you are installing laminate in the kitchen, clean all the splashes and stains immediately

laminate may release some VOCs, so it's not th ebest idea for an eating space or a kids' room

laminate may release some VOCs, so it's not th ebest idea for an eating space or a kids' room

you may still need some professional skill for installing the floors well

you may still need some professional skill for installing the floors well

laminate can't be re-finished, you will have to re-install it completely

laminate can't be re-finished, you will have to re-install it completely

laminate will sound loud during walking because it's synthetic and not real wood

laminate will sound loud during walking because it's synthetic and not real wood

check the warranty before buying laminate and choose high quality

check the warranty before buying laminate and choose high quality

laminate here looks super cool but keep in mind that it shoul be cleaned and may require a moisture resistant top

laminate here looks super cool but keep in mind that it shoul be cleaned and may require a moisture resistant top

laminate still looks like real wood and choosing it is a good idea

laminate still looks like real wood and choosing it is a good idea