If you're like many other homeowners, you've probably heard of laminate flooring. Laminate flooring was invented in Sweden in 1977 by Pergo; a Swedish flooring company, and introduced to America in 1994. Ever since then it has been a very versatile building material, easy on the eyes and the wallet. One of the best things about it is that it's extremely easy to clean. Unlike regular flooring which allows dirt to get into nooks and crannies, laminate is smooth and allows for quick cleanup. Laminates' flexibility makes it easy to install and repair. Laminate can be installed in bathrooms, kitchens and all other places where moisture accumulates. |
Choose your look with Laminate
Laminate flooring can imitate almost any other flooring material at a fraction of the cost. Want a beautiful hardwood floor but can't afford the cost or the maintenance? Laminate can imitate the look of cherry wood, maple wood, beach wood, oak wood, walnut and others. Unlike other flooring, laminate will not attract termites, bugs or other natural pests. You can also say goodbye to wood rot and chipping. Want tiles of stone, marble, ceramic or even granite? Laminate is able to imitate the look of tiles down to the little details, so you can have the appearance of beautiful tiles without the risk of breaking or cracking. And for the environmentally concerned, there's "Green laminate", a form of laminate flooring made of recycled wood and paper products.
Do it Yourself
Laminate flooring is available at most home improvement stores. One of the other many pluses of laminate flooring is that it's so easy to install, it can either be done for a very reasonable price by professionals or you can even do it yourself. Laminate can be installed with glue to keep it in place rather then having to be nailed down. There are also complete, ready made laminate floors with special click and snap planks that allow them to be unfolded like a puzzle and quickly installed without any adhesive. These are known as "floating floors". One can even install laminate on stairs.
Advantage for your home
Multiple choices are a big plus for home buyers, and choices galore are what make laminate so advantageous. You can virtually customize your flooring to fit the style of any room, from the color of the furniture to the color of the walls. If the floor gets damaged you just roll it up and replace it or quickly repair it with a kit, rather than having to remove a broken tile or a broken piece of wood. Nowadays people love having multiple options, and being able to pick and choose whatever flooring you want is a big convenience. And with a lot of people these days into "do-it-yourself" home improvement, laminate flooring is a very convenient and economical way to add to the value of your home.
George has been doing home repair himself ever since he built his first house, by hand, in 1998. He has since been keeping up with repairs and maintenance on his own and feels that his experiences would be wasted if he didn't share them with the community. He has just finished installing Hardwood Floors in his sisters house and is currently dealing with his hardwood floors squeaking.
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