Laminate flooring is a very good choice for active homes with kids, pets and for those that want to have easy maintenance.
Here are 3 basic types of Laminate flooring to consider:
The basic level is cluttered with all kinds of things from 6mm crap to very tough 7mm and 8mm laminate flooring choices. How can you tell? You can’t by simply looking. Research and ultimately trust will guide your decision. Price levels range from .59 cents to 1.69 for the exact same specifications. Only through testing and diligence can you get past the market BS and get to the facts.
The middle level of laminate flooring is the 8mm-12mm floors that have narrow planks, richer decors and designs and even some special treatments like handscraping or high gloss. The price range in this laminate typically runs from 99 cents to 3.99 – of course there are some brands like wilsonart laminate, mannington laminate, pergo laminate and others that are in the 3.99-5.99 and even a few high range, but they face stiff competition.
The best laminated flooring is called Super laminate flooring – vinyl plank flooring with and HDF core. It is as tough as laminate for durability, it is as good as vinyl as far as care and maintenance, and it feels better under your feet while being SUPER easy to install. It has smooth surface, textured surface and handscraped surfaces that will blow your mind. Price ranges from about 2.99-4.99 per foot. Some SUPER LAMINATE FLOORS have commercial warranties.
Whatever laminate flooring is best for you relates to your own individual needs.
No matter what laminate you choose I ALWAYS recommend a premium grade underlayment to help get the best acoustic and comfort factors for your new flooring. Don’t let this detail about flooring underlayment become a casualty of ignorance or something your installer says, “I have some left over from another job.” Get the best stuff you can afford to and that suits your application. It’s impossible to overstress the higher level of satisfaction that premium flooring underlayment users have compared to those who get the cheapest stuff available. Cork underlayment is one of the finest choices which is also eco-friendly.