Laminate | Before You Buy
THIS FLOORING STANDS UP AND STANDS OUT.
Laminate flooring is a remarkably durable surface that is stain resistant and does not need to be varnished or waxed. This makes it very easy to maintain. These are floors for busy households, especially homes with kids and pets.
UNDERSTAND THE PRICING.
When considering laminates, there is not much price variation in the various styles. This is due to the relatively uniform manufacturing process for all laminates. No matter what the style, color, or type, it is still a photograph that provides the decorative surface. More expensive laminates include those with a textured and more natural looking surface with a greater number of screens. Laminate floors that simulate the more exotic varieties of hardwood flooring quickly rise in price. However, higher-end laminates are more durable and have extended warranties.
KNOW ABOUT FLOATING.
Laminate floors are usually installed using a floating floor system, in which a padded underlayment sits between the subfloor and the laminate planks. These planks sit directly on the underlayment and are not anchored to the subfloor on the bottom, but rather are anchored by the edges. When walked upon, this type of installation can produce a hollow sound and have a slight give. Slight ridging or peaking where planks are joined together might also occur.
UNDERSTAND THE ENTIRE COST OF OWNERSHIP.
The “cost per square foot” of your laminate floor is just one component of the entire project cost. To ensure there are no surprises, and the laminate you select fits within your budget, be sure to ask us to calculate the total cost of your entire project. There are many potential additional expenses that you may incur, such as furniture removal or replacement, demolition and disposal of old floor coverings, subfloor preparations, product delivery, and installation.