What is laminate, and why would I want it in my home? Laminate is a man-made flooring product that is a versatile alternative to other types of materials. Technically speaking, laminate is a high density fiber board base material covered in a layer of vinyl to depict the look of wood, stone, or tile. The most popular of these looks is wood. We have an extensive selection of wood-look laminates here in the showroom. By far the biggest benefit in choosing laminate flooring is its cost-effectiveness! Typically, the cost of laminate is a fraction of the cost of other types of flooring materials on the market. Because laminate flooring is a “click-lock” installation, it is considered a floating floor and will need to be held down by new baseboards or the addition of quarter round to your existing baseboard. Still, in the end, you get the “look” of wood without the high price tag that comes with a real exotic wood. Another benefit of laminate is its durability and ease of maintenance. Laminate tends to be harder to scratch or dent than wood, and cleans up easily with dust mopping or Swiffer-type dry mopping. Things to consider: You will need an underlayment beneath the floating laminate floor. There are many variations of underlayment to choose from. We prefer a thicker type felt pad to quiet the hollow sounds of the floating floor which will also contain a moisture barrier. Another thing to consider is that laminate, as with any wood type product, is sensitive to moisture. We do not typically recommend laminate in a bathroom or kitchen environment as these areas tend to have more exposure to moisture and this can shorten the lifespan of a laminate product.
Overall, laminate is a great choice for a quick and cost-effective update to any home, and stands up to the everyday wear and tear of a busy family.