By Carola Hamon. Laminate Flooring. Published at Monday, May 13th, 2019 - 17:20:29 PM.
What to look for in a laminate floor. I believe this can be answered pretty simply. Make sure the product has the styling that you like and falls in your budget. All laminates today perform extremely well regardless of price. Retail stores do carry many laminate products and I believe each one will perform as well as any. High- or low-priced, they will perform about the same. The technology today is superior to the laminates of even 5 years ago. Most of the old chip board core laminates from 10 years ago or longer look like the day they were installed. Gone are the old glue-together products, and now with the drop and lock technologies, joint separation is pretty much nonexistent. The biggest difference I see in pricing of products is that manufacturers extend the warranties and make more realistic looks in the higher-priced products. Performance will be very similar between all the products. The number one enemy of a laminate floor is water. If the laminate is going to get wet, pick another floor. I also get concerned with some of these high shine laminate floors. My company has seen some issues in that they will (not surprisingly) show abrasions to the finish much quicker than a lower luster finish. If it were my home, I would only use a high shine product in an area that gets minimal wear. I have seen some pretty flimsy laminates at big box stores and buying clubs. These laminates are not really any less expensive and are really flimsy when holding them. I believe they are products made especially for these stores, and really are no less costly. One trick of these stores is to put a low amount of square footage in each box, which makes the cost appear less. Always do your math and compare apples to apples.
Cost Effective – Of course, expense is a top concern when talking about flooring material. With Wilsonart laminates, you can really save a lot of money. Why? Well, first of all, their laminates are made from non-expensive yet high-quality materials. You can buy Wilsonart laminate flooring at an affordable price. On top of that, you can save more money because you will not require the services of a professional floor installer to install their product. You can do the installation even if you do not have extensive DIY skills. And that is not the end of it. You can save more money through the years with Wilsonart flooring because it requires little maintenance. With wood flooring, you need to occasionally buy wax. Let us say that an ordinary brand of 32 oz wax costs $7.99 and that you usually consume it in one week. There are four weeks in a month. So that would cost you $31.96 per month and about $383.52 a year. That definitely is some cost for maintenance. If you would not use a $7.99 32 oz wax to maintain your floor weekly for a year, then you can buy a top quality digital camera.
If you have it in mind to install your laminate flooring in your bathroom then consult the manufacturer's instructions on installing laminate flooring in a moist place. The underneath of laminate flooring cannot be directly exposed to moisture so be sure to carefully follow the installation instructions if you intend to install it anywhere that it may come into contact with moisture. You can save yourself various future repairs, and headaches, if you take the time to properly learn how to lay laminate flooring. A couple of hours of instruction can go a long way to securing your piece of mind for a lot of years to come.
Use the internet for research. Whether hardwood or laminate flooring, I like to browse the internet for styles that appeal to me. I also use the gardenweb.com flooring forum or other forums to ask others what products they seem to be having success or difficulties with. You can also go to my3cents.com to see if there are many major complaints with the products you are considering. Check out the reviews of the box stores on my3cents.com while you're at it. I do not recommend purchasing flooring products via the internet. One reason for this is that many of the manufacturers will not warrant products from internet purchases. Also, should you have a problem with your floor, it will be difficult to get any type of representation to solve your issue. Another major issue is damage caused from third-party shippers. There's nothing worse than making a purchase, only to find damage and have to remedy it through the internet store. Finally, it normally does not save you money to purchase through the internet. When you factor shipping into the cost, many times a better buy can be made from a local independent retailer that has great buying power. I will explain later in the report the right things to mention when buying at a local retail store to bring your cost down.
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