I am considering putting new flooring in my family room. I have 2 small dogs, a cat and 3 small children that are all very active. Would laminate flooring be a good choice for my home? I like the look of wood, but prefer the cost of laminate. Also, what happens is the floor is damaged, can it be repaired? Thanks!
Betsy from Yuma, AZ
Laminate flooring would be a great choice for your home, especially if you are on a budget and have active children and pets in your home. Laminate flooring is a great choice because it is extremely durable, stain resistant and does not need to be varnished or waxed so it is very easy to keep clean!
Today’s laminate styles offer products that look exactly like real wood. You can choose from narrow strips or wide planks in a variety of species and colors. There are even some styles that have texture to feel like real wood.
With an active household, be sure to choose a laminate flooring with a good warranty.
In the event that you damaged your floor with scratches or indentations, these can be repaired using color fill kits. Since you need to purchase these from your retailer, be sure to keep a record of the style and color floor you purchased. If a board is damaged beyond what a fill kit can do and needs to be replaced, this is the time to call in a professional. It can be done, but it’s not something you want to attempt yourself.
I hope this information helps! If you are looking for a retailer in your area, try Big Bob’s Flooring Outlet. Click here for their website.
The laminate flooring in my kitchen has been an excellent choice for our puppy who sleeps there at night.
Rob Jones says
Thanks for the post. It’s a good question to address, because a lot of people are asking it. 🙂
I’d like to add my voice to the point that laminate floors are a great low-cost and low-maintenance flooring choice. In terms of durability, one thing that we use as a guide here at BuildDirect is the AC rating of a laminate floor. We advise customers to seek out a minimum AC3 rating on any laminate flooring they buy.
AC3 rated floors have been tested, and have passed, for wear in a general residential setting. Whoever you buy your floors from, it pays to ask about the AC rating, if you’re looking for a laminate that is going to stand up for the long term.
There are other factors to ask about too, like the quality of the locking system, the thickness, and the core being three big ones. But, the AC rating will give you a general idea of what to expect from the laminate you’re looking at, balanced against where you intend to install it.
Thanks again for the post!
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I tend to agree that laminated floor is ineedd safer than marble floor. What I like more of this type of flooring is the feature itself that it looks so natural compared to other materials. You can choose what color would like and quality of materials to be used.