Laminate flooring is one of the most popular flooring options available on the market, but like all flooring options, it is not perfect. There are common issues with the material, and if you do not know how to fix or recognize the signs before they become problems, you are in for a bad time.
Moisture is always one of the biggest issues for any flooring, especially residential carpeting. Laminate flooring – particularly the laminate plank flooring that has become popular in recent years – is no different, although the problems are a bit unique. For one thing, the flooring does not absorb water as quickly as traditional hardwood flooring, so water can pool on the surface before making its way into the actual material. If left unchecked, this can lead to serious injuries at home, or major legal trouble for a business if someone were to slip and fall. Additionally, If the water on the floor’s surface is allowed to sit, it will work its way into the deeper layers of the material. When moisture works into the floor like this, the result is often warping and mold. Like all things water and flooring related, make sure to be vigilant to notice water on the floor and clean it up.
Scratching the Surface
Laminate flooring has a reputation for being a tough surface that can handle the wear and tear of everyday foot traffic. It can do this, but it can’t handle everything. For one thing, the material is susceptible to scratching from a variety of places, including pet claws, dragged shoes and furniture, and more. But unlike traditional hardwood flooring, these pesky scratches can be fixed with a touch up here and there, usually in the form of a kit specifically made for laminate flooring. Do not worry: you will not have to concern yourself with resurfacing like you would with hardwoods.
Even the highest quality laminate flooring will eventually fade and warp over time. That’s a given. Since you cannot control how the floor will fade, there are steps you can take to minimize the issues. For example, monitor the amount of time the laminate flooring is in the sun. Even though laminate flooring is treated with UV resistant layers, the sun always wins in the end. Keeping the sunlight off your floor for a while each day will do wonders for improving the lifetime of your floor. Similarly, if you have a lot of rugs or floor coverings, it might be a good idea to rotate them regularly, since the space under wraps will be noticeably darker and more fresh looking than the uncovered floor around it.
Despite these common problems, laminate flooring remains one of the best and most efficient flooring options on the market today. If you have been thinking about making a change to the floors in your home or business, now is the perfect time to contact the Nashville and Middle Tennessee flooring experts at Ozburn-Hessey, so they can help you every step of the way – from picking out the right material to installing your new laminate floor