What Is the Life Span of Laminated Wood Floors?

Laminated wood floors are popular with homeowners who are replacing existing flooring or choosing floor materials for new homes.

Life Span of Laminated Wood Floors

Many types and styles of these floors give homes a new look.

According to the National Association of Home Builders, the life span of laminated wood floors is 15 to 25 years. All wooden floors, engineered wood, exotic and domestic wood floors last a lifetime.

Repair of Laminated Wood Floors

Laminated wood floors may get scratches over time. Home improvement and flooring stores sell repair kits to repair these scratches. Boards must be replaced if the damage is extensive.

Maintenance of Laminated Wood Floors

Vacuum cleaners and brooms clean surface dirt off laminated wood floors. Mopping with hot water removes many stains. The floors must be dried after mopping. Commercial laminated floor cleaners are available if mopping doesn't work to remove dirt.

Styles of Laminated Wood Floors

Laminated wood floors come in many styles, including parquet tiles, planks and strips. Dark and light stains are available.

History

According to the North American Laminate Flooring Association, Sweden developed the process to laminate wood floors in the early 1980s.

About the Author

Ellie Kuykendall has been writing and editing professionally since 1997. Her travel and insurance articles have appeared in national magazines. She's contributed to four books and is currently writing her own book. She received a bachelor's degree from University of San Francisco.