In this article we will try to go through the most important pros and cons of laminate flooring.

1) First of all, flooring has to be durable, so how durable laminate floor is?

Laminate floor has durability grading system that goes all the way from not very durable(AC1 or 21 grade), that can be used only for low traffic places, like a house where you have people in only one month of out a year. On top of that nowadays it’s ready hard to find AC1 grade laminate. On another side, highest grade (AC5 or 33 grade) is designed for huge traffic commercial areas such as stores, showrooms and etc. Based on this you can tell that laminate can be extremely durable, depending on its grade. The best choice for homeowners with moderate traffic is AC3 and AC4 for heavy traffic.

2) Where laminate flooring can be installed?

Laminate flooring is made of high density fiberboard, which means that it’s not super friendly in high moisture areas. Every manufacturer states that their laminate boards are covered with a layer of waterproof material, which is true in most of the cases, but lets consider this – you can install laminate floor without cutting material… This means that all the sides of you house, where laminate meets the wall has exposed to water-damage areas. In addition to that, people damage material during its use. So the bottom line is this – avoid using laminate material in areas exposed to high moisture and water leaks. Best places to laminate flooring: bedrooms, living rooms and closets. Kitchen might be risky, basement and bathrooms should be considered to avoid possible issues.

3) Can I save money by choosing laminate flooring over other flooring types?

Definitely. First of all, some handy people manage to install laminate flooring themselves. All you need is a table saw to cut boards, chisel to take baseboards off and a hammer to nail it back. Hiring contractor to install laminate flooring is also an inexpensive and, considered the cheapest, option. You don’t have to move out for too many days – in general most of the projects can be done within day or two. There is no need to move furniture outside or to the pod – it can be moved within the house during project completion. Material is also for affordable and reasonable priced, although some high-end laminate options can be more expensive than hardwood.

Here is a short paragraph from homeflooringpros onine blog regarding pros and cons of laminate flooring:

Laminate is cheap because it’s a largely synthetic flooring that’s easily mass produced using low cost materials. It’s easy to install because most laminate uses click and lock assembly which means no nails or glue and you can float it over most existing sub floors. And finally it’s easy to clean and care for because of the thick and clear wear layer that covers the surface of the flooring.

To summarize here is a short pros(on the left) and cons(on the right) of laminate flooring:

  • Affordable
  • Low maintenance
  • Can be quickly installed
  • Doesn't require subloor
  • Huge variety of colors and styles
  • Doesn't affect real estate price
  • Bad performance in high moisture areas