Laminate Flooring: Is It Still a Good Choice?

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 10:00 AM

Are you curious about laminate flooring and how good a choice it is for your home? This pricing guide article offers you an overview of this product category, and perspective on how much it costs.

An Overview of Laminate Flooring

In this overview, let's explore how laminate is made, what its benefits are, and whether it's a good flooring choice for your home.

The second section of this article will focus on cost.

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How is Laminate Flooring Made?

Laminate flooring is available in planks that traditionally look and feel like wood. It consists of four layers as follows that are fused together for durability:

  • The top layer or Wear Layer (1) provides strong protection against scratches, stains and fading.

  • Next is the Design Layer (2) which is a high-resolution detailed photographic image of specific wood styles. 

  • The Inner Core (3) provides stability, sound absorption, durability and even moisture resistance. It is made of high density pressed wood fiberboard.
  • The bottom layer (4) is the Backing. It offers a moisture barrier to protect the floor from warping.

How is Laminate Flooring Made?

Is Laminate Flooring Still a Good Choice?

Laminate floors were first introduced in the late 1990s and exploded on the market much like today's luxury vinyl floors have revolutionized the flooring industry.

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Names like Pergo, Wilsonart, and Formica were household names back then. Though laminate flooring's appeal has faded they may still be a good option for some homeowners. 

The bad rap associated with laminate floors was that they did not perform well with moisture and generated a hollow sound when walked on.

Today, most laminate floors are water-resistant from topical spills and carry somewhat limited warranties against water damage. To minimize the hollow sound, you'll find available sound deadening underlayments that will greatly reduce the clicking sound.

Durable Hardwood Looks

Laminate flooring is a great choice if you want a high end hardwood look but need something more durable for pets and kids. Laminate is a much better choice against scratches and dents. It is also much more affordable than hardwood. 

Laminate Can't Be Refinished Like Hardwood

The drawbacks of laminate are they can not be refinished like hardwood nor do they increase the value of your home.

But if you are looking for a low cost alternative to luxury vinyl or hardwood, a laminate floor may be just right for you.

How Much Does Laminate Flooring Cost?

How Much Does Laminate Flooring Cost?

Great Looking Floors at a Low Cost

The great thing about laminate flooring is that, in most cases you can get a great looking floor at a fraction of the cost of real hardwood.

  • The average cost of laminate flooring will be between $1.99 s/f up to $4.99 s/f.
  • A quality sound deadening moisture resistant underlayment will add .50 s/f to .75 s/f
  • Installation will run $3.25 to $3.75 s/f depending on the job

Other Costs to Consider with Laminate Flooring

Other Costs to Consider with Laminate Flooring

Because laminate flooring is installed as a floating floor, sub floor prep is usually minimal. Other costs to consider:

  • Removal of existing carpeting
  • Furniture moving
  • Base board or shoe moldings
  • Door transitions to other flooring
  • Delivery cost because laminate flooring needs to be acclimate in the home for 48 to 72 hours prior to installation. This is very important

Ready For Laminate Floors In your home?

Ready For Laminate Floors In your home?

Based on the performance and cost of laminate flooring, you'll find that it is a good choice if you are renting, on a limited budget, and want an attractive flooring that is easy to maintain.

When you are ready to proceed, we invite you to explore by appointment one of our two showroom locations in Middletown or OrangeThere, you can see product samples and we'll be happy to discuss your specific questions. 

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In the meantime, let us know of any questions in the comments or contact us.

We look forward to helping you.

Thanks for reading,

Michael

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