Laminate Wood Flooring. Whats so Good About It?
Laminate wood flooring is a great option to typical hardwood floors and ceramic tile. One great characteristic about laminate flooring is that it is scratch resistant and more durable than real wood while providing a similar look to real wood.
Due to the ease of installation, laminate wood flooring can be installed without the use of a contractor. This means that you save a pretty penny on installation fees since you can easily do it yourself.
Laminate wood flooring comes in a variety of different colors and textures, mainly in the range of yellows, reds, and browns.
Laminate wood flooring is “floated” over most common substrates, such as concrete, plywood, and even other floor coverings. The planks and tiles have edges that lock together, but aren’t secured to the subfloor.
There are also some laminate floors that don’t require glue at all and simply snap together. Glueless installation makes laminate wood flooring easy to install, with no professional assistance needed. Some brands come pre-glued from the factory and only require a little moisture to activate the adhesive.
Laminate wood flooring also comes in a variety of prices. This of course, depends on many factors such as color and texture. However, if you are looking to buy in bulk you can save money. Lumber Liquidators, for instance, offers a number of high-end laminate wood floor brands at different prices. Prices can vary in laminate wood flooring. A large portion of laminate wood flooring can range anywhere from about $0.80 to around $1.60.
Some of the most popular and affordable laminate wood flooring is made by Mohawk, Pergo, Mannington, Wilsonart, Armstrong, Shaw, Quick-Step, Witex and Alloc. Laminate flooring is widely available from retailers in your area, or you can search for flooring online. You can find great deals on the Internet, since many Internet dealers don’t have the same overhead expenses as local flooring retailers.
Lead time is one factor you do need to consider aside from price when purchasing laminate wood flooring. You could see backorder times ranging anywhere from 1-8 weeks depending on quantity and the style you choose. If you desperately need to refloor parts of your house for an upcoming event, you may be able to arrange something with the seller.
If time is not a factor for you, you may consider having the shipper ship the laminate wood flooring with the cheapest (slowest) shipping method. Due to the size and weight of laminate flooring, your shipping prices will not exactly be cheap. In order to save some money on shipping costs, you may find yourself waiting several weeks for delivery. However, you can save up to 50% by scheduling a slower delivery time. Be sure to check with the seller before making any purchase in order to find out what option is right for you.
Care of laminate floors is also easy. Usually all you need is a dry mop or vacuum to keep them looking new. You don’t need or want to use soaps, abrasives, polishes, wax, or one step floor cleaners on your laminate. You also want to make sure not to slide furniture across your floor, laminate is tough but a sofa leg will gouge your floor. It doesn’t hurt to put furniture pads on the legs of sofas, tables or anything else that could scratch your floor.