Laminate - Before You buy

Before you buy laminate, own this knowledge.

Whatever your flooring budget, you need to be assured that once you make your purchase you know all the basic facts about your flooring choice.

Buying laminate flooring is no exception.

It pays, today and tomorrow, to know not only the basics but also some of the specifics.

That’s why we offer you this section.

It’s a summary of many of the things you should know about laminate before you buy.

That way your final decision not only creates a warm, inviting environment in your living spaces but also delivers what laminate floors are noted for: excellent durability and easy maintenance.

This flooring stands up and stands out.

Laminate flooring is a remarkably durable surface, stain resistant, and does not need to be varnished or waxed so it’s very easy to maintain.

These are floors for busy households, especially homes with kids and pets.

Today’s laminate styles consist of authentic wood visuals, rich tile looks or natural stone designs with different surface textures to beautifully accommodate any room in your home.

Understand this about pricing.

When considering laminates, you will notice that there is not much price variation in 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.

The 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. So keep that in mind.

However, higher-end laminates are more durable and have extended warranties.

What you should know about “floating”.

Laminate floors are installed using a “floating floor system” in which a padded underlayment sits between the subfloor and the laminate planks.

The planks sit directly on the underlayment and are not anchored to the sublfoor on the bottom but rather 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 may also occur. This is considered normal and nothing for you to be concerned about.

Some laminate floors lock together without the use of adhesive on the sides of the planks. These are glueless installations.

Glueless laminate floors have planks that simply interlock together. These floors make for easy repair if that is ever necessary for you down the road.