By Caressa Vilain. Laminate Flooring. Published at Saturday, May 25th, 2019 - 08:57:49 AM.
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.
Another tip on laying laminate flooring involves the use of all hammers. Be sure to never use a hammer to strike the side of the laminate flooring. This could consequence in damaging the groove or tongue. As an alternative, try using a special block. Position it down alongside the laminate, and next keep tapping the block until it fits like a glove. Using this method will help prevent the block from becoming damaged.
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.
Prices can range from well under $10 dollars per square yard to well over $40 dollars, not including installation. Vinyl laminate flooring can be a mistake, if it is not done correctly. Price is not always a good determining factor when trying to buy a quality product. You have to consider your time in shopping for your floor, clearing the room, removing your old floor covering, installing the floor and replacing all the furniture in the room. But, what exactly are laminates as used in laminate flooring? Originally developed in Europe, laminates are made of a high-density fiberboard core covered with a visible, outer layer that simulates wood, stone or tile. Some laminates are available in plain colors, too.
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