Laminate flooring has been a popular choice for homeowners an landlords for many years now. It’s affordable, durable, and attractive, and gives the look of hardwood or other higher end flooring materials without the high cost and maintenance.
Sadly, good things don’t last forever. Just like any other flooring option, laminate eventually needs to be replaced. But how do you know when it’s time to say goodbye to your trusty laminate and welcome in a new era of flooring?
Plain Worn Out. Laminate flooring is designed to withstand regular foot traffic, but over time, scratches, dents, and chips can accumulate, particularly in high-traffic areas. If you’re tired of moving rugs and furniture, when a crayon can’t hide scratches, it might be time to consider an upgrade.
Watership Down. One of the main limitations of early laminate flooring was its susceptibility to water damage. Water from leaks, spills, and even North Carolina humidity could cause the laminate layers to warp, bubble, or separate. In cases of extensive water damage, replacement might be the best solution to prevent further structural damage.
Fade to Beige. If your laminate flooring has started to lose its original color and vibrancy, especially in areas exposed to direct sunlight, it might be time to find an updated model. Faded flooring can significantly impact the aesthetics of a room and diminish the overall appeal of your space.
Separation Anxiety. Over time layers from older laminate floors may begin to separate and buckle, creating an uneven surface that is unsightly and a tripping hazard. Poor installation, home settling, water damage, or even fluctuations in temperature and humidity can cause this to happen.
Off the Mode. Trends in interior design and home décor are constantly evolving. What was considered stylish a decade ago might now appear outdated – or just dated. If your laminate flooring is in good condition but no longer looks like you want, replacement might be the thing.
Laminate flooring has come a long way, and many of the above mentioned problems are no longer a concern. Many floors are waterproof. The easy installation like one click leaves little room for error. New styles and patterns are available for just about any decor. It’s still a practical and budget-friendly option for homeowners and for landlords.
Of course, when you decide to replace your flooring, come see us! We have a great selection of flooring, including our own Southside Building Center waterproof patterns! Our professional quality service staff can guide you from choosing a floor to installation. If it’s time to say goodbye, come in and say hello to a new floor from Southside!