How to Choose Laminate Flooring

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Laminate flooring has become a very popular choice in recent years because of its durability, low cost, improved looks and low maintenance. This increase in popularity has lead to an increase in options, which makes it much more difficult to choose what laminate flooring is right for you. Luckily, there are three things to look at that will easily narrow down the selection; cost, durability and color. If you focus on these three items, then you will be able to easily choose your perfect laminate flooring.

-Cost

The number one thing you must look at when choosing laminate flooring is the cost. With laminate flooring ranging from $.50-$5 per square foot, it is important to set a limit before you start looking. If you do not have the money to buy the $5 per square foot flooring, then it is not an option. Set your budget and stick to it.

Also, make sure in the final cost you include any installation costs. This includes labor, underlayment, and various tools used to install the laminate flooring. Even though it is easy to do, try not to forget this part of the cost, as it can add up quickly.

-Durability

Next you will want to determine how much durability and life you will need from your laminate flooring. Things you need to consider are the amount of traffic the flooring will endure and how long the flooring needs to last. The thicker the top layer of the laminate is the more traffic it is able to withstand. In addition, laminate flooring has life expectancy ratings of 5-30 years. You will need to take both of these factors into account when choosing your flooring. If the laminate flooring will be going into a seldom used room and you will be moving out in a year or two, then you do not have to get the thick 30 year laminate. On the other hand, if it is going to be going into the living room that you intend to live the rest of your life in, then the more durable laminate is probably worth the money.

-Color

Lastly, you are going to want to consider color. For the most part, the color you choose is based on your personal taste, but there are some things you still might want to consider.

*Size of the Room – If you have a smaller size room, darker flooring can make it look much smaller.

*Room Lighting- If a room does not have a lot of natural light, choosing darker flooring can make it feel cave-like.

*Other Wood Colors- Try to match or complement other wood colors in the home, like moldings and cabinetry to make the house feel cohesive.

*Wide Appeal- If you will be selling in the near future, try to choose a color that will appeal to a wide range of buyers. A medium tone, golden hue is typically a safe bet.

If you look at these items one at a time, the laminate selection process will be much easier to handle. Remember that choosing your laminate flooring should be fun and you should come out of the experience feeling confident in your decision. Use these three elements to guide you in the right direction and you are much more likely to do just that.

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