WHAT IS LAMINATE?
Laminate is a synthetic flooring-product made by fusing multiple layers (usually melamine, resin, and fiber board) together through a lamination process (a process that uses heat and high-pressure to fuse the materials together, resulting in a solid piece of flooring). Laminate mimics the look and feel of solid hardwood flooring by using a visual "picture" layer and a matching-textured topcoat. You can also find tile and stone-look laminate.
IS LAMINATE RIGHT FOR ME?
Do you have kids?
Do you own a pet?
Are you an active person(family)?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then laminate flooring is perfect for you!
Laminate is nearly scratch resistant, and there are TONS of waterproof options out there, so it's often times a no-brainer to have laminate installed in your home! Even "non-waterproof" laminate is somewhat water resistant, as it will withstand normal splashes and spills if they're tended to in a timely manner.
There are ENDLESS possibilities to find the look you're wanting! You can find laminate that looks like wood, stone, or tile, and with the advancement in flooring technology, sometimes it's difficult to even know that it's laminate.
Laminate flooring is extremely budget-friendly, and in some cases can cost 50% less than real hardwoods! There is a product to fit any budget! The cost can vary greatly, as low as $1 per sf, all the way up to $10!
Laminate is very versatile. Most laminates are designed to look like hardwood, and some are so good that it's difficult to tell whether it's real or not. You can also find laminate that looks like tile and stone.
Laminate is quick and easy to install. In some cases, it can be installed over existing flooring, (with the exception of broadloom carpet). It's the go-to choice for DIYers.
Laminate is great for pet owners and those with kids because of its resistance to stains & scratches. It's easy to clean up after accidents without using harsh chemicals or special products.
Laminate is extremely durable. It can last upwards of 25 years. It will never need to be refinished like hardwoods, which will need to be refinished every 5-10 years. Laminate can withstand most spills and splashes as it is