Laminate flooring is one of the most resilient and durable flooring surface options available. A relatively recent invention, it has gained its popularity due to its low maintenance requirements, longevity, and its remarkable resemblance to authentic wood. Laminate floors are available in a large variety of styles and colors.
Modern day print and production processes mean that pretty much any style of flooring can be emulated with a laminate. The laminate floors that emulate wood have a wood-grain appearance and planks that are the same size, shape, and texture as real wood floors, so they’re a very convincing substitute for wood. Today’s laminates are so authentic that visitors to your home will be none the wiser, believing that they are walking on the real thing. Even when viewed close-up laminate flooring can look realistic. We here at Flooring Creations encourage those considering buying laminate flooring to stop by our expansive showroom and do your own comparison between some different types of installed wood floors and laminate floors, and see if you can determine which floors are wood, and which ones are laminate.
On top of their uncanny authentic looking appearance, laminate floors are more durable than the wood floors that they replicate. Plus, most types of laminate can be used anywhere in the home. Laminates also require less maintenance than wood floors, and because laminate floors have a durable coating on top, they don’t scratch or gouge as easily as woods do. Laminate flooring is durable, which means that it can be used in high traffic areas.
A good ballpark on a good quality average priced laminate floor with installation will run you around $9.00-$10.00 per square foot. This would obviously include the laminate flooring (average price = $2.99–$4.99 sqft.), professional installation, demolition and disposal of existing carpet, transition moldings and a standard baseboard (3 1/2- 5 inches tall) or quarter round (white or stained).