An invention from the 1920’s, lamination is a process by which many layers are bonded together, with wood pulp being the core, held together with glue or resin and then cured with heat or pressure. Lamination creates a new material that is stronger than each of its components.
Laminate flooring was first developed in the 1970’s and is made up of several layers of wood products, topped with printed paper covered by a clear protective coating. Modern laminate flooring mimics the look of real hardwood flooring at a fraction of the cost. In addition, it’s easier to take care of and has a better, softer feel underfoot.
Nothing lasts forever though, and there will be a time when you must repair or replace your laminate flooring. Although laminate flooring cannot last as long as real hardwood flooring, you can expect a good quality laminate to remain beautiful for upwards of 15, 20, or even 25 years. Because laminate flooring is available in different quality grades, its lifespan is going to vary.
But how do you know when it’s time?
- The top layer of your laminate floor is plastic, and the plastic can start to peel, especially if damaged by water or if the flooring is overheated.
- If the installation wasn’t done correctly, the floor may develop cracks.
- Gapping can occur to a laminate floor because of severe drops in temperature.
- Water damage can also create cracking or warping.
- Water can also cause bubbling around the edges or create mold under the flooring.
Any of these situations could result in your laminate floor having to be completely replaced, as repairs to a laminate floor are tricky at best. However, if you have a flooring specialist install your floor, it should last a long time. Also, if your floor develops any of these problems, a professional may be able to repair rather than replace the floor.
The best way to get the longest life from a laminate floor is to choose a high-quality product and have it installed by a professional flooring expert. Then as long as you follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance protocols, your laminate floor should remain in top shape for many years to come.
For over 20 years, Floor Advisor has sold and installed various types of flooring, including laminate, carpet, waterproof floors, engineered hardwood, and solid hardwood. We proudly serve customers in several communities throughout Northern Virginia, including Gainesville, Alexandria, and Leesburg. Combining our flooring installation services with a comprehensive selection of materials in countless colors and designs has made us a leading service provider to homeowners. Our team will work with you to find a perfect flooring option for every room, including bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms, basements, and bedrooms.