Budget-conscious Katy homeowners love laminate flooring for its modest price tag and classic hardwood look. Though traditional hardwood is always a beautiful and timeless choice, the cost of materials and installation may be daunting. Fortunately, laminate is an affordable option that offers the same look and feel. If you’re curious to know more about laminate floors, here are a few thoughts from our experts at Floor Coverings International Katy:
What is Laminate?
Laminate flooring primarily consists of high-density fiberboard, which is covered with a high-resolution image that mimics the look of hardwood or other materials. A clear wear layer is added on top for durability and protection.
Laminate Flooring: Things to Know
Like hardwood, laminate flooring is available in many styles that mimic different species of wood in different colors and stains. If you have a favorite type of hardwood, there is likely a laminate version that will give your space the same look.
Laminate does not quite match real hardwood when it comes to durability, but it is still a reliable choice for busy households. Most importantly, laminate is very easy to clean and maintain. Sweeping or vacuuming on a regular basis will keep your floors clear, and if a spill occurs, you can simply wipe it up with a damp cloth.
When compared to other flooring materials, laminate can be better for your health and the environment. Laminate does not harbor dust and allergens, so it’s a good choice for asthma or allergy sufferers, and unlike vinyl flooring, it does not contain hazardous chemicals and VOCs. Plus, if you have to replace or remove your laminate down the road, it can be recycled rather than thrown away.
To see laminate flooring samples in your own home, just give us a call! Floor Coverings International Katy offers free consultations and estimates to homeowners in the Katy, Cinco Ranch, The Energy Corridor, and Richmond.
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