It is a practical surface for any home. It is great for families because it holds up to pets and kids and it is easy to clean. Laminate floors are easy to fit into the budget because it is one of the most affordable choices in flooring. Finally it comes in a multitude of choices that simulate wood, stone, and tile.
Laminate with less detail and texture are the most affordable. Laminate flooring that mimics wood or stone and includes texture will be more expensive. This is because the manufacturing process is more complex. A laminate that is more durable may also be more expensive but they do have a better warranty to match the increased price.
When buying a laminate floor consider the style of your home, the colors in your decor and the other flooring in your home. Choosing the right style of floor is important in making the room lighter or darker, in making the floor a focal point or making it a background to the other parts of the room. You can take samples home to see how they look in your home’s interior.
Consider the underlayment of a laminate floor. Normally laminate is laid on a padded surface that is placed between the subfloor and the laminate . These are floating floors where the laminate is connected to each other but not to the underlayment. Glued laminate floors have slats that are glued to each other but not to the floor underneath. Once the floor is laid then a sealant is applied around the perimeter of the room to keep moisture from getting under the floor. If you choose laminate planks that lock together without the use of adhesives it is easier to replace a piece of the laminate if necessary in the future.
When buying laminate flooring calculate the cost, being sure to include everything needed to complete the project. Laminate is priced as a “cost per square foot”. Other costs to complete the project might include preparing the subfloor, removal of the existing floor, delivery costs, and moving the furniture in the area where the flooring will be laid. There will be a cost to install the flooring or additional materials needed to finish the project.
Ask your flooring retailer specific questions so that you can make an informed decision, including the manufacturer’s warranty. Also ask how the floor should be cared for and how frequently any maintenance should be done. A retailer that has many options and a good reputation will help to ensure that you get the perfect laminate floor to meet your needs.