Laminate flooring is one of the most popular and cost-effective architectural flooring styles available for home building or renovating. Proper care and maintenance will have your floor looking fantastic and lasting for years to come. Therefore, it's important--no matter what style you choose--to know the pros and cons.

Pros: Laminate floors come with many advantages, including cost and ease of installation. In addition, laminate is more resistant to blemishes, damage, moisture, and depreciation common with everyday usage. Laminate is also very easy to clean.

Cons: Though laminate flooring might be the cheaper option when you're shopping, later repairs can be expensive.

The good news: simple steps can help save you money and frustration.

  1. Use floor protectors when you want to move furniture. This helps avoid scuff marks and scratches.
  2. Use rugs and runners. These will help avoid wear and damage in areas of the home that get a lot of use. Rugs and runners can also help prevent accidents or injuries, since laminate flooring can be slippery.
  3. Clean up spills and any dirt tracked in immediately. Sticky spots can be cleaned with a sponge or damp towel.
  4. Stock up on professional cleaner for scuff and heel marks. If you're not sure which type of cleaner to get, ask your laminate flooring manufacturer.
These steps are simple, and can save you a bundle in the long run. Whatever you choose, the helpful, friendly staff at Stoneridge Flooring Design is happy to answer questions, provide feedback, or even brainstorm with you to find the perfect look for your home.