Published at Friday, May 24th, 2019 - 03:31:27 AM. Laminate Flooring. By Delmare Cariou.
If you be desperate to save money on laminate flooring in that case don't buy cheap laminate flooring but rather buy inexpensive flooring from a supplier that has a reputation to uphold. The best case in point of this is the local home improvement super store. From time to time they will get laminate flooring that is of good quality but their price is so low that it seems too good to be true. That super store has many to lose if you buy that flooring and it turns out to be cheaply made so you are pretty safe buying inexpensive laminate flooring from the local home improvement super store. You will end up getting what you pay for if you do not do your homework and if you try and buy cheap laminate flooring from a less than reputable supplier then you are asking for trouble. Flooring is particularly important so make sure you make the right choice when you go to buy your laminate flooring and make the choice that not only makes sense for your wallet but furthermore makes good business sense as well.
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.
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