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How Long Does Laminate Flooring Last?

How Long Does Laminate Flooring Last?

Laminate flooring is a fantastic choice and can be used for any room in your home. It offers the look of hardwood, but with considerable cost savings. There are many advantages of using laminate flooring, but certain factors can reduce your floor’s lifespan.

Advantages of Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is made from composite wood that is compressed together and covered with a hardwood image and a protective coat. The materials that makeup the laminate are cheaper and the installation itself is cheaper than other flooring alternatives too. Due to its construction, laminate flooring is more durable than hardwood floors and is more resistant to scratches, dents and normal wear. In addition, laminate floors are easier to clean than hardwood floors.

Average Laminate Floor Lifespan

Laminate flooring is expected to last between 15 – 25 years. The difference of the timeframe depends upon the quality, if it was properly installed and the amount of foot traffic it experiences. Once the top layer is damaged or worn, laminate flooring needs to be replaced. Poor maintenance like not wiping up spills or using harsh cleaning products are sure to reduce the life span.

Laminate Flooring Quality

There are many different grades of quality for laminate flooring. Cheaper, poor quality laminates are very likely to last less than 10 years and may chip, peel or separate leaving you with a shabby, unappealing floor. Lower quality laminates typically have fuzzy or less realistic patterns on their surface. Take the time to learn about the more reputable, high-quality manufacturers and pay attention to how long they honor their warranties.

Laminate Flooring Installation

While laminate flooring is the most DIY friendly and easier to install than other types of flooring, it doesn’t mean that you don’t need to take precautions. The manufacturer’s instructions should be thoroughly read and followed to ensure a successful laminate flooring installation. Improper installations can void manufacturer warranties and reduce the overall lifespan of your laminate flooring. If you’re not completely confident of the installation process, consider hiring a professional flooring contractor. Hiring someone to install your laminate floors will be cheaper than other types of flooring and will be worth knowing that the job is done right.

Laminate Flooring Maintenance

Just like any other type of flooring, laminate floors need regular care and maintenance. Water spilled on the surface should be wiped up right away and extra care should be taken with laminate floors in areas with heavy moisture such as the bathroom. Consider using a waterproof product offered by several manufacturers if you are installing laminate flooring in the bathroom, laundry room or kitchen. Laminate floors should be cleaned regularly using soap and water or lighter duty cleansers to remove stains, dirt and grease. Avoid harsh cleansers which can strip the top layer of the laminate and reduces the lifespan.

Go for Floors offers a comprehensive selection of laminate flooring to match any style or décor featuring Tarkett® and Engineered Floors laminate flooring products. We also offer laminate floor underlayment, moisture barrier underlayment, floor heating systems, floor protection and flooring accessories.

16th Sep 2019

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