Have you ever seen a really bad laminate installation job? We have. In fact, we are called in to rip them up all the time. We think that is part of the reason laminate kind of got a bad rap coming into this decade. Many well-intended DIY’ers just couldn’t quite get it done right. In most cases, the blame shouldn’t rest on them, but rather on the low quality products they thought (or were told) they were saving money on.
The reality is, laminate is still a great option if you are looking for a less expensive alternative to hardwood flooring. Check out the new laminate floors available in today’s marketplace. Things have changed since laminate was first introduced. The interlocking floating floor design has made it much easier and less costly to install, and the photographic images laminated on the top can make almost anyone believe they are looking at real wood or stone. An added advantage is that if you decide to make a design change and go for an all new look, laminate is easy to “uninstall”.
Laminate surfaces are durable and easy to maintain. They clean up easily with a damp mop, and require no waxing. They have a resin and aluminum oxide coating on the surface so children, pets, normal wear and tear, and moisture, as long as it is not allowed to pool for an extended time, are not an issue. Most laminates are also resistant to stains and fading, and are rated for resistance to stains, abrasions, impact and cigarette burns. This is called an AC rating and if the laminate fails one test, it is not AC rated.
Since laminate flooring is made of wood and wood by products, and uses no endangered species, it is relatively environmentally friendly. Many brands use an antimicrobial resin, also making them hygienic. If you are shopping for laminate flooring deals, check to make sure the laminate flooring you choose is marked no VOC’s, as some brands use formaldehyde in the processing. If it is rated no VOC’s there are no volatile chemicals used in the process. It can also be rated Greenguard, which means the chemicals have been neutralized.
With all the beautiful laminate options available today, there’s no reason you can’t have whatever look you want at a cost you can manage. Check out all the new laminate options available, and get your new look today. And just a quick tip… when you are looking into pricing, look into the cost of having a professional company like Denver Carpet & Flooring complete your laminate flooring installation. You just might be surprised at how affordable it is.
Pick up the phone and call (303) 432-3566 or fill out our Free Flooring Estimate Form and one of our Colorado flooring experts will come right to your door and show you the latest laminate flooring samples.