Why Laminate Flooring Is Popular

Whenever it comes time for flooring to be replaced it is always considered to be an inconvenience regardless of the reason why it needs to be replaced. There is simply no easy way around it, but it still needs to be done. One of the most inconvenient and time consuming tasks in replacing the flooring is to select materials that will be best suited for the needs and use of that floor space. Over the past few decades laminate flooring materials and manufacturing technology has improved significantly. These improvements have helped birth a trend resulting in an increased popularity of laminate floor installations. This trend has resulted in a fairly substantial increase in popularity with homeowners deciding to renovate their homes and add updates and upgrades to their flooring.

One of the primary reasons why laminate flooring has become so popular over the years is because it looks like traditional wood material. Laminate floors have the appearance of hardwood, but are available in all kinds of variations, colors, grains and designs. With all of these options available on the market today, it’s very easy to find the exact look to compliment just about any design and layout for every home. It’s quite true that sustainable flooring is very attainable.

Laminate can also save money in the event of emergencies. Boyd Rodgers specializes in trenchless sewer repair San Diego can count on and has encountered many different situations in which flooring can be saved. "The trenchless sewer repair process often means we can salvage flooring without having to tear anything up, but laminate floors give a home owner piece of mind that if there ever is an incident where we have to bring it up, they aren't going to lose too much money."

Although it appears to be real wood, its performance is superior in many ways to hardwood floors. Specifically, laminate flooring posses the ability to resists scratches and maintain a like-new appearance that is superior to hardwood. Laminate flooring has earned the reputation of being nearly scratch-proof and scuff resistant. This is another reason why it’s become a popular choice to be used in high traffic areas, such as hallways, dining rooms, kitchens and living room.

Laminate flooring also lasts a very long time. It’s one of the most widely used materials because it’s not only aesthetically pleasing, but it’s extremely resilient, long lasting and versatile in its installation applications. Due to its more versatile applications, combined with its durability, it has become one of the first choices for many homeowners, builders, and home improvement specialists across the country.

The low maintenance aspect of laminate flooring has also persuaded many homeowners as well. Laminate flooring does not require any expensive or time consuming maintenance such as waxing or polishing the floors on a regular basis. Now homeowners don’t need to pay any special attention or pay any additional cost to keep these floors clean and in good shape. They can simply mop, sweep, or vacuum the floor without worry or concern that it will damage it. Normal cleaning is all that’s required for laminate flooring, unlike wood floors which require routine special maintenance from time to time.

Perhaps the greatest selling point of laminate flooring is that it’s much more affordable, putting this option within the reach of people who previously were not able to afford true hardwood floors. The cheaper price range allows not only people who couldn’t previously afford hardwood floors the opportunity to buy them, but they also offer a great savings, even to people who could afford natural wood. It’s true some people select laminate just because it’s more affordable, even though they do have the budget available to be able to install real wood floors. Now they can have the look of hardwood, and enjoy a substantial savings at the same time.

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DIY Disaster

If you’re a serious DIY-er, then you’ve probably taken on a floor project or two. Whether you pulled up the carpeting to expose the beautiful hardwood underneath, or replaced the tile during a kitchen remodel, floors can be an exciting project. If you’ve undergone a really big job and removed the floorboards completely, then you’ve most likely been acquainted with your home’s internal plumbing, for better or worse.

A couple years ago I was helping a friend re-do the flooring in his living room. When we pulled up the boards, we found a nasty surprise. It started as a damp spot in the wood, which he hadn’t noticed because it had been tucked in the corner behind a chair for so long. When we removed the surface, we discovered that pipe underneath the board was leaking. All of a sudden our floor project became a plumbing project.

We’re pretty handy, but neither of us are particularly adept plumbers. We called a professional, which ended up being a good thing. I would’ve tightened the pipe, stopped the leak, and called it a day.

And I would’ve been wrong.

Luckily, A&B Plumbing had the best drain repairs Los Angeles could offer, and they sent out a technician who set us straight. Drains? Weren’t we dealing with pipes? Indeed. He explained that, although the pipe was leaking and that was obviously a bad thing, the problem started at the drain. One end had become clogged and backed up the water supply. In turn, the pressure grew too great and exploited a weakness in the pipe. The result was a slight but ultimately damaging leak.

After fixing the clog and the pipe, we were finally able to return to the flooring. It looked great, but honestly that wasn’t the interesting part of the project.

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