Common Problems With Laminate Flooring and Tips to Overcome Them

Madhura Pandit May 13, 2019
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Attractive flooring can provide an elegant look to even the simplest of rooms. Among the different types of flooring, laminate flooring is extensively used nowadays, in spite of some problems being observed with this type of flooring.
Out of the different types of flooring available today, laminate flooring is considered the latest trend and is seen in most of the houses. Laminate flooring is a type of flooring that looks exactly like natural wood or stone, but is made of laminate material.
Laminate flooring is easy to install, durable, easy to clean, stain resistant, and hence is extensively used in kitchens as well as other rooms. It is inexpensive and also has a low maintenance value than other types of flooring.

Laminate Flooring Issues

Though it has advantages, laminate flooring has some problems that cannot be ignored. It is not preferred by many people as it is not real wood.
  • Moisture can distort the shape of laminate flooring. At areas where there is constant exposure to water, laminate flooring may get damaged. This flooring has a tendency to warp due to heat and pressure.
  • The surface of laminate flooring is very smooth and slippery. One may slip and fall on a laminate flooring. It also has a high possibility of getting chipped.
  • Sharp objects or high-heeled shoes also spoil laminate flooring by scratching it. Moving heavy objects or appliances on this floor can result into making the surface hard and full of scratches.
  • It is also observed that laminate flooring tends to raise, specifically in the corners. These are known as peaks. Changes in the weather can also result in spoiling laminate flooring. People even try to put it in place using heavy objects without any results.
  • Another problem is that it cannot be sanded. So, you cannot sand or refinish it. As it is hard, it also tends to make noise when people walk on it.
  • Laminate flooring has a disadvantage over wood flooring as it has lower resale value and a shorter life span.
  • Improper installation, or using bad or lower quality laminate also gives rise to several problems.

Tips to Overcome Problems

  • It is not advised to install laminate flooring in basement, bathroom or laundry areas. Do not frequently move heavy objects on this floor.
  • If water or any liquid spills on the floor, it should be wiped off immediately in order to prevent it from catching moisture.
  • To avoid problems of moisture, you must not clean laminate flooring with water or wet mops.
  • Manufacturers are trying to find a solution to make laminate flooring less slippery. It is advised to cover most of the flooring with rugs if possible to prevent slip and fall.
  • You can repair laminate flooring with a repair kit available with manufacturers. If tension on panels can be reduced or avoided, the peaks of laminate flooring can be avoided.
If you follow these simple tips, you will be able to make your laminate tiles last longer. If used and cared for in the right manner, laminate flooring will be a good buy for your home.