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Buying Guide

A laminate buying guide written by experts, for everyday shoppers.

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Laminate

Laminate flooring is a versatile, durable and cost-effective alternative to traditional hardwood and vinyl plank. Laminate offers the appearance of natural wood while being more durable and easier to maintain.

Many laminate flooring products are easy to install, making it a great DIY product and something that a skilled installer can get done quickly.
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What is laminate flooring?

Laminate flooring is a synthetic flooring product that looks like wood, but is made of melamine resin and fiber board materials. It is a great alternative to hardwood and LVP.

What are the positives of laminate flooring?

Laminate flooring looks like wood, but is easier to maintain, more durable and much easier to install. Many shoppers choose laminate due to its durability compared to hardwood.

What are the negatives of laminate flooring?

Laminate tends to be difficult to repair as compared to hardwood, and is more vulnerable to temperature swings.

Is laminate flooring expensive?

Laminate flooring is less expensive than hardwood and generally less expensive than vinyl plank.

Where can I find a store that carries laminate?

You can find a local store location on the find a retailer tab.

Does laminate flooring need an underlayment?

Most manufacturers recommend using an underlayment but we recommend following the installation and warranty instructions for the specific brand you are installing.

Why Buy Laminate

Laminate flooring is extremely durable and when comparing the cost of it to hardwood and vinyl plank, it's a great value. - Neil Daley (VP of Flooring Merchandising, with 20 years of flooring experience)