We are practically bombarded every day with ads about cheap laminate flooring, how much you save when you get it and why it is great for your own home. However how much of it is actually true and is it worth getting it for yourself?
One of the main issues with this material is that it doesn’t look and feel ‘real’. You can easily tell it’s a cheap imitation of another material. Also it is very thin so it scratches easily. Many varieties need a serious installation using glue, so by you calling a professional to do the laying on the floor, it will suddenly not be so cheap afterall. Also there are some issues with the installation, particularly when it comes to moisture. The seams tend to swell and buckle and that really destroys the look of your room right away. So if you try to install it in high traffic areas such as your kitchen, bathroom or laundry room, forget it completely. It won’t work.
If you go with cheap flooring, the warranty might not be for long, so you need to check for warranty when buying it. Sometimes you might get 10 years, other times even less. Usually the word cheap doesn’t ‘warrant’ warranty, if you know what I mean.
To really get a good floor for your home, you should invest in something better. It might cost you a bit more, but in the long run the initial cost will be offset by the durability, long lasting and beauty that your new floor will give your home. There are so many modern, elegant and classy options available nowadays, that there is little wonder commercials are pushing cheap laminate flooring since people are going away from it.
Of course if you decide to buy it, take it from a reputable source who backs up his product and gives good warranty. If anything happens to the floor, you need to know that it can be replaced without any additional costs from your part.