If you are looking to remodel your house, a great place to begin is with the floor. Good flooring can help you pull together the look and feel of a room in incredible ways. The floor is oftentimes the first thing people notice when they walk into your house since it covers every inch of your home and helps to set the entire mood of a room. Timber flooring is one of the most popular choices for homes and businesses.
Timber provides a level of warmth that other materials just can’t match. It is inviting, does not get incredibly cold during the winter, and matches well with a lot of other colours. However, timber has some distinct disadvantages. However, timber is fairly expensive, has to be maintained constantly, and can easily get damaged. If you want a low-cost alternative that does not suffer damage or require the upkeep of timber, you should look into laminate flooring.
Laminate is a synthetic material that is created to look and feel like natural timber. In the past, some synthetic flooring seriously failed in attempts to mimic real timber since technology was just not where it needed to be to truly impersonate wood. The process for making it is fairly simple. The laminate is created in several layers that are bound together in long sheets. Those sheets are then printed with the desired image of wood. In the past, the look of the wood would be like a poster laid over the top of the laminate.
That’s why it often looked phony. Nowadays, many of the best companies print directly onto the laminate in incredibly high detail. It’s not actually the big things that lend to the authenticity. The authenticity of a laminate floor comes from the level of detail. Timber is made of thousands of tiny grains of wood that create the depth and warmth. Only the best printing processes can truly capture that level of intricate detail.
Unlike natural timber, it is very difficult to damage laminate. Natural timber can easily be scratched when you move furniture or if you just drop something. Laminate resists scratching. Laminate is also naturally waterproof so it can be used even in the kitchen. To keep timber waterproof, you have to make sure you keep a coat of shellac and/or wax on the floor at all times. Such protective seals need to be reapplied regularly.
To maintain laminate, you need to occasionally clean it with a mild soap. Other than that, it sometimes needs to be refinished to make sure that it stays in the best possible shape. It is also easier to repair laminate than it is to repair actual timber. If your laminate is damaged, you can patch it or replace it with pieces of laminate that match perfectly. Since the design is printed onto the flooring, it is not as difficult to match colour and grain.
There are many different flooring materials to choose from. If you’re looking for an affordable and durable alternative to actual wood, you should consider laminate.