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6 Reasons Laminate Is So Popular

July 6, 2011 4:14 pm    Posted by Kim Lefever    Comments (2)

If you’re weighing the pros and cons of a laminate floor, we’ve got the “pros” all laid out for you here.

1. Laminate floors can look like real hardwood. Many homeowners prefer the wood look because it creates a feeling of warmth and comfort. But you can also find laminate floors that look like stone, slate and other natural materials.

2. Laminate floors install quickly and easily. In fact, they’re a perfect DIY installation. With Armstrong’s Lock&Fold installation system, the flooring planks and strips just snap together. No glue. No complicated equipment.

3. Laminate floors are a good option for people with dust allergies. Typically, dust collects in carpet fibers and is hard to remove. With hard surface floors like laminate, dust is easy to sweep away or vacuum. It doesn’t stay on the surface.

4. Laminate floors are kid- and pet-friendly. Armstrong laminate floors are extremely durable and resist scratches, stains, and indentations better than most flooring types. Toys with wheels? Building blocks that topple? Big dogs with a lot of energy and no spatial orientation? Not a problem for laminate.

5. Laminate floors are easy to clean. Just sweep or vacuum as needed and use a no-rinse laminate floor cleaner occasionally.

6. Laminate floors are affordable. You get beauty and durability at a budget-friendly price.

In recent years, laminate floors have come into their own. The economy has played a big part in laminate’s resurgence as a top flooring choice. In addition, the technology to make laminate look more like real materials has also contributed to its popularity. Check out all the laminate choices available at your local flooring store or home center.

2 Responses to “6 Reasons Laminate Is So Popular”

  1. Susan says:

    We recently installed a “stone tile” laminate floor in the kitchen and dining room. It looks great, but we wonder if it is wise to use the Shark pocket steam mop on it?

    • kim says:

      Hi Susan!
      We have not done any testing with specific brands of steam mops or cleaners, but we don’t recommend using any steam cleaners on our laminate floors. These types of cleaners typically generate enough moisture to break down the glue joints between glued pieces of laminate. Also, excessive moisture can cause swollen or peaked edges in locked laminate boards. Any type of cleaner that generates an excessive amount of moisture would not be recommended on our laminate floors since it could cause damage to the material. You can find maintenance recommendations for our laminate products here: