Laminate flooring is a great synthetic wood looking option. Unfortunately Luxury Vinyl Plank has taken away a lot of its market share lately due to it being 100% water proof & pet proof (check it out). If the areas are non wet areas such as bedrooms, hallways, or other common areas that are not kitchens, bathrooms or laundry rooms then laminate flooring can work very well for your home. Laminate flooring is a very resilient and durable flooring option with great authentic visuals. We at Flooring Creations feel that it is a dying category and we strongly recommend Luxury Vinyl Plank if you are considering laminate flooring.
For your budgeting purposes here is a good ballpark for a quality laminate floor, which will run between $2.99 – $3.99 per square foot. Labor to install wood can run between $2.00-$2.50 per square foot. Quality means that the specs meet the following criteria. 10-12 mm overall thickness, ACH rating of 3-5 (toughness of protective coating) and make sure to purchase a quality underlayment (pad) especially if the laminate is being installed on a second floor this way sound will be mitigated as it transfers through. Call or visit the famous Gus’s for a great shopping experience!