This is always a tough one because a flooring product is only as good as the installation. I have seen a lot of want to-be independent installers out there that can ruin a laminate or hardwood job. I have seen moonlighting installers charge half as much for an installation than the customer could have gotten from a professional flooring installer. When you have the flooring specialist install the product, there will be no finger-pointing should there ever be an issue. There are so many different complications that can happen after an installation, and if you are dealing with a rock solid installer, you have protection.
Flooring is one of the largest purchases a family makes, second only to their automobiles. With this said, it can be very affordable. Just like anything else, there are great valued products. These do not have to be entry level products.
They can be excellent products with excellent warranties. A strong independent retail flooring installer can give you great advice on these types of products. If you walk in to an independent retail store and ask for a great value product in either a laminate or hardwood, the experienced salesperson will be able to show you many.
Remember that a strong local independent retailer does not normally sell toilets, rose bushes, or light bulbs -- just flooring. I think that's important. You may need to explain to the salesperson that by "value", you don't necessarily mean the cheapest, but you mean a good product that really does demonstrate value. Most independent retailers know which of their products has an unusually high value for the cost.
One thing to remember is that the installation, the underlay for your laminate or hardwood, the floor prep and anything else that needs done will be a constant. You may want to ask for the price that will be a constant for your purchase.In order to stay extremely competitive, the smart independent retail flooring centers have curbed and cut costs so that they can actually offer flooring to the consumer for a lower price than in years past. It could be a smart time right now to make that purchase.
Laminate is one of the top choices for commercial buildings. The durability of laminate is unlike any other flooring. Laminate flooring can withstand the normal everyday use of a family. Spills, dirt, mud, pets, children, and heavy foot traffic are not a challenge for laminate. Cleaning laminate is also a simple process. If you want your floors to be practically maintenance free you should choose laminate flooring. If you have a busy lifestyle laminate can be a great option.
Most people have busy lifestyles and hectic work schedules. Anything that makes our lives easier is a positive. You won't have the added stress of worrying if the kids are going to spill something and ruin the carpet. Laminate will take less time to clean. These features give you peace of mind, which could be the most beneficial part of choosing laminate for your flooring needs.
Laminate flooring is very durable and not that hard to keep clean. All you have to do is regularly sweep or vacuum with a soft brush. Damp mop the laminate wood floor using a bit of ammonia or vinegar and water being careful not to flood the work panels as you can damage them this way. Some products that are not recommended for your laminate floor are soaps, scouring powder, floor polish or steel wool as these may damage the laminate wood flooring. Always test a product that you are unsure of in a low visible area. If you have to remove a stain use the recommended laminate floor cleaner and mop up to keep any water from entering the joints. Also make sure you use a damp mop and not a wet one.
Besides durability, easy to maintain and low cost, laminate flooring has several health benefits as well. If you use carpet for the floors in your home, you might find few symptoms of allergies in you or your family members. However, laminates do not get any kind of food crumbs, animal residues and dust mites. Hence, you will have healthier as well as cleaner atmosphere. If you to improve the value of your home, you should install laminate flooring.