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Laminate Flooring Revisited

Posted November 20th, 2013 under renovations and repairs.

When showing homes, laminate flooring is one of the most common types of new flooring I encounter.

It seems that laminate flooring has taken over as the major flooring product for home improvements. It beats everything for do-it-yourself installations.

However, one of the drawbacks of laminate flooring is its susceptibility to warping. When moisture penetrates the filler material, that material swells and causes the edges of individual planks to curl upwards.

This soon leads to chipping at the edges of the top layer, which ruins the appearance of the floor.

However, in the last few years, planks with bevelled edges have arrived on the market. This improvement appears to have eliminated the chipping caused by curled edges.

The combination of better moisture resistance and visually improved surface patterns means laminate flooring is here to stay.

However, the durability of the surface is still weak, allowing for easy chipping and scratching. If you choose to use laminate flooring, treat it with care. I would also recommend you avoid wet-washing laminate floors.

Want to know more about different types of flooring? Just ask me, I'll be happy to help.

--Peter

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