Get the hardwood look for less with laminate tiles or planks
Over the past decade or so, the popularity of laminate flooring has exploded. In fact, industry estimates suggest that laminate has become the number one choice of North American homeowners. Its easy installation and maintenance and relative affordability are the main reasons it has become such a sought-after home flooring choice.
An Introduction to Laminate Flooring
Most laminate flooring is made up of three distinct layers. The top layer is a realistic-looking image of wood, stone, marble or brick, overlaid with a protective glossy coat. In the middle, a processed wood or fiberglass carrier is inserted to protect the flooring from moisture. The bottom layer is normally made of plastic laminate that provides a durable, water-resistant and pest-resistant backing.
Laminate flooring is very easy to install and looks strikingly similar to real hardwood flooring. You can also get laminate bamboo flooring if you want a more unique look. Durability is never an issue – laminate flooring will not warp, stain, dent or lose its luster.
Typically, both laminate plank and laminate tile come with a lifetime warranty. These materials are extremely strong and should last as long as you own your house.
Pergo Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring became popular in Scandinavia years ago, long before the trend reached North America. Thus, one of the oldest and best-known manufacturers of laminate flooring products is Pergo Flooring. Pergo laminate flooring is renowned for its quality, long life and ease of care and installation.
Find a Good Deal on Laminate Flooring
If you're intent on shopping for discount laminate flooring, there are a few things you should look for to ensure you're still getting a quality product. First, test the flooring's locking mechanism to ensure it's sturdy, tight and stays in place. Look for a thick "wear layer" to ensure the flooring will stand up to heavy use, and test both the core layer and the backing to ensure they have adequate density.
The reason manufacturers are able to offer lower prices is because they cut corners. Remember, when it comes to flooring, it's not how much you paid, but how much value you got for your money.