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Flooring: Everything You Need To Know About Laminate

Laminate flooring is an economical, easy to install flooring that makes it an ideal choice for almost any space.

Things To Consider When Choosing Laminate Flooring

The price
Laminate flooring is an affordable, inexpensive flooring option.
Installation
Installing laminate flooring is easy.
Maintenance
Laminate flooring is easy to care for, and requires low maintenance.
Durability
Laminate floors are quite durable.
Water Resistance
Laminate floors are somewhat resistant to water.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Laminate Flooring

There are many advantanges to laminate flooring, such as its affordable price point, ease of installation and more.

Advantages

  • Works for almost all spaces
  • Easy to install
  • Affordable
  • Wide variety of styles and types (wood imitation, tiling, concrete, etc.)
  • Scratch resistant

Disadvantages

  • Thin material
  • The less expensive laminate flooring can be made of lesser quality material
  • Sensitive to humidity

Pro tip

Laminate flooring is a good option for the basement but should be avoided in the bathroom.

What You Need To Know When Choosing Laminate Flooring

1. Flooring thickness
If the subfloor is uneven, choose thicker boards that will reduce ground imperfections.

2. AC rating
Laminate flooring undergoes wear and tear tests to determine its durability grade. The higher the AC rating, the more resistant the flooring. The AC3, AC4 and AC5 ratings indicate that the flooring is quite durable.

3. The type of click
It is important to consider how the laminate floor clicks together when choosing a floor. There are many options but Dropclic floors (as well as similar clicking systems) are the easiest to install and repair. They minimize damage and breakage when removing the flooring.

Pro tip

Install your own laminate flooring by following our DIY laminate floor installation tips.

Out of time? Our team of experts is at your disposal to carry out a perfect installation.

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