Not only is laminate flooring affordable, it is also durable. It gives a guarantee of approximately twenty years of service against scratching and wearing off.
Laminate floorboards of higher quality can last up to fifty years of use.
“Maintenance of laminate flooring is quite basic. For cleaning, all one needs is to mop the floor using a semi-wet mop,” says Mr Maikweki.
He emphasises that the floor must not be exposed to large quantities of water or the floorboards will buckle or warp. “Laminate flooring is water-resistant but not waterproof.
“The fact that laminate flooring is easy to clean and maintain makes it hygienic compared to other flooring material,” opines Mr Maikweki, adding that the laminate boards are made of components containing antibacterial products.
Laminate floors are also warmer than tiles or pure wood floors, and thus they offer more comfort.
In addition, the fact that laminate boards are not fully made from wood, they are considered to be more environment-friendly products compared to pure or engineered wood.
While laminate floors make are a good investment, Mr Maikweki is quick to give a word of caution to Kenyans who would like to purchase laminate floorboards.
“The market is flooded with laminates because manufacturers have started to notice the interest Kenyans have in it and many of them want to make as much profit from it as they can,” says Mr Maikweki.
“Because of this greed, there are a lot of counterfeits in the market that come at a very low price.
Anyone looking for laminate flooring should be cautious to ensure that they are buying genuine products that will give them the value they need,” he advices.