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Laminate flooring pros and cons: find out with us!

March 27, 2024

Choosing flooring for the home, office or store is one of the most important steps during interior design. We are all looking for the solution that succeeds in pleasing the eye, thus choosing a type of flooring that is beautiful to look at and impactful, but also the feeling of footfall, especially when choosing flooring for commercial buildings where foot traffic is very high.

Before requesting an online quote to find out the selling prices of any type of flooring, it is useful to know all the positive and negative aspects of the choice you are about to make. In today's article, our task as experts, before talking about price and offer, is to guide you to discover one of the most popular types of flooring: laminate flooring, which is highly coveted because of the economic factor and its practicality.

What does laminate flooring mean?

Laminate flooring, as we have seen, is a particularly popular solution for domestic and commercial interiors. But what exactly does "laminate flooring" mean? You should know that a floor, in order to be called "laminate", must be composed of several layers of materials, compressed together by a high-pressure lamination process. How are these layers divided? at the base we find high-density wood fiber (HDF) or plywood, next a decorative layer which is what determines the laminate wood effect, stone effect or other materials, and finally a transparent protective layer.

Modern technology has made it possible to develop laminate floors with a wide range of designs, colors, and finishes, and it is this aesthetic versatility that makes them so beloved and used to floor domestic or commercial environments. Also known for their ease of installation, thanks to interlocking systems, they are the most popular solution for do-it-yourself projects or quick interior renovations.

However, despite the many advantages, there are also some important considerations to keep in mind when opting for laminate flooring. I will continue to elaborate on the pros and cons of this choice in the next section of the article.

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Laminate flooring: pros and cons

What are the pros and cons of laminate flooring? Below, we have identified the main advantages and disadvantages involved in choosing and installing laminate flooring. Let's look at them together!

Pros of laminate flooring

  1. Affordability: a laminate parquet, for example, will certainly be cheaper than many other flooring options, such as real parquet, offering an alternative that manages to satisfy aesthetics at a lower price.
  2. So many aesthetic effects to choose from: whatever your style or taste, a laminate floor will be able to please you by ensuring a visually satisfying result.
  3. Quick and easy installation: thanks to the interlocking systems, installation of laminate flooring will be quick and easy. You will be able to see your renovation or new flooring project take shape very quickly!
  4. Easy maintenance: laminates are easy to clean, requiring you to clean them regularly with a vacuum cleaner and a cloth dampened with water and appropriate detergent.

Cons of laminate flooring

  1. Particular sensitivity to water: laminate floors, it is true, are stain-resistant, but they are very vulnerable to water and moisture, going so far as to be damaged if in contact with liquids for a long period of time. This aspect cannot call laminate flooring an apt choice for environments prone to moisture and water, such as bathrooms and kitchens.
  2. Limited material durability: laminate floors, as durable as they are, tend to show signs of wear and tear over time, especially scratches, dents and surface discoloration.
  3. Difficulty in repair: this type of flooring cannot be easily repaired or refinished once damaged. If the flooring suffers extensive damage, the laminate may need to be replaced completely, resulting in more budget to be set aside for refinishing and, in fact, losing the advantage of the savings mentioned earlier.

What is the difference between laminate flooring and SPC flooring?

What if we told you that we can provide you with a solution that embodies all the advantages of laminate flooring and efficiently fills all the shortcomings? We are talking about SPC flooring, solid-core polycarbonate flooring!

Why Choose SPC Floors

Solid-core polycarbonate (SPC) floors are a newer, more technologically advanced variant of the more classic laminate floors we analyzed earlier. They are composed of a rigid layer of solid-core polycarbonate, a material that provides greater strength and durability than traditional laminate floors.

One of the aspects that make SPC floors superior to traditional laminate is their resistance to water and moisture, in fact turning this type of flooring into the ideal partner even for kitchens and bathrooms, willingly even basements and cellars. In addition, thanks to their structure and composition, SPC floors are incredibly durable: they are less prone to warping or flexing under the pressure of furniture or continuous trampling. Therefore, they are also excellent for flooring stores and offices!

Although SPC floors may cost slightly more than traditional laminate floors, many people see their added value in water resistance and durability as a worthwhile long-term investment.

At your disposal, Oliviero's experts also put ESPC flooring, specifically the latest big news in Corà's house: it is Astrology, the latest generation ESPC floor that is ultra-quiet to the caplestium, even more resistant thanks to its two additional layers of PVC in the structure and extremely elegant thanks to the wood effect available in various shades.

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What laminate to buy? What is the best laminate? How long does a laminate floor last? We are here to answer all your doubts!

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