I have dogs and children. This alone makes the thought of carpet or hardwood floors terrifying. Carpets are great at collecting dirt, dog hair, and stains, and no matter how often I vacuum or clean a carpet, it always feels dirty. Hardwoods are much too expensive to be trampled underfoot by toddlers wearing my high heels and dogs with unclipped toenails. For these reasons and more, I am totally in love with my laminate floor.
Laminate is the perfect solution to a house like mine. It is practically indestructible and easy to clean. In addition to that, the laminate is attractive enough to fool visitors into thinking I know something about interior decorating. Everything looks cleaner and neater against the smooth laminate backdrop.
After my son was born, I started to notice how dirty my carpet had become. I have dogs, and despite constant vacuuming and regular visits from the steam cleaners, it just looked dingy. I was afraid to let my son crawl on the floor! I needed a solution that fit my already tight budget and would survive the toddler years with me.
My neighbor went with hardwood floors and now spends much of her waking hours chasing her daughter with a towel to wipe up any spills before the wood warps. New carpet would look nice until the first muddy footprint or grape juice spill. Tile is too hard to be compatible with all the slips and falls occurring in my house on a daily basis, not to mention having to scrub the grout. Laminate flooring seems to be designed specifically for homes like mine.
I quickly discovered that laminate flooring is available in a multitude of styles, colors, widths, and grain appearances. There are at least thirty different companies manufacturing laminate flooring materials, and the prices range from my meager budget on up. Even at the low end of the price spectrum, I have a wide selection, and believe me, it was a hard choice.
I decided to go with a laminate that has the appearance of maple wood.. The light color adds warmth to my house as well as making it look larger. As my selection, like most laminate products, came with snap lock joints, installation was simple. At least it looked that way while the professionals were installing it.
As far as I’m concerned, however, the best aspect of my new laminate floors is the finish. All the dog hair, dust, dirt, candy, crumbs, and juice spills just rest on top of the wood waiting for me to come and whisk them away with a broom or mop. Not only does my house feel cleaner, it actually smells better, too since the laminate doesn’t trap odors the way my carpet did. As far as I’m concerned, laminate flooring is a miracle created especially for moms as frazzled as me.