Common Misconceptions About Laminate Floors

If you're considering laminate flooring, you may hear some myths that make you hesitant. As a beautiful and cost-effective alternative to hardwood, a laminate floor is great if you're on a budget. If you've heard rumours that are putting you off, it's time to clear up some misconceptions.

Laminate floors in kitchens

Many people steer away from using laminate floors in kitchens, as they worry about curling. This may happen if they encounter water. However, there are many benefits to using them:

  1. Laminate floors are easy to replace. This means you might not need a contractor to do the work. Also, they're cost-effective replacements.
  2. High-end laminate floors are durable. When you opt for high-end materials, they're less likely to curl.
  3. They're easy to clean. As such, if you spill a lot of food, you spend less time scrubbing.

Mopping laminate floors

On the topic of water, you may want to know if you can mop these floors. While you can't use a wet mop, you can use damp cloths. To keep your floor clean and durable, try:

  • Sweeping away dust and debris promptly
  • Steer clear of steam cleaners and wet mops
  • Use a damp sponge to clean stains

With the right approach, you'll prevent the laminate from warping. Try using a laminate-friendly cleaner too.

Floor durability

When you go the effort of installing flooring, you need to know it's durable. One of the laminate's best perks is that it resists scratches. If you have pets, wear heels or have kids, this is a major perk. It's also easier to clean, which means you'll spend less time maintaining it. As with any flooring, you need to call on a professional if you encounter repair difficulties.

Installing laminate over tiles

Installing flooring is sometimes a lengthy process. If you have tiles, you may not want to spend time removing them. Fortunately, you can install laminate over tiles, but only if the tiles are in good condition. However, if the existing tiles aren't flat or smooth, you may need to remove them first. The base for your flooring should remain flat and sturdy, allowing the installation to stay in place for years to come. 

If you want to install laminate flooring, approach a professional for a quote. In addition to measuring and providing an estimate, they'll tell you if your existing floor is an appropriate base. After the installation, you'll benefit from a floor that will last for years to come.