Laminate flooring is a type of multi-layer synthetic flooring that is fused together in a special lamination process. It comes in a wide array of colors and designs that are coated with a protective layer to prevent fading.
Because laminate flooring is inexpensive, it’s a popular flooring among homeowners working with a limited budget. Laminate flooring comes in every imaginable shape and colors so it’s important to know what factors you have to consider before getting the right one for your home. Below are buying guide and tips to select the best Laminate flooring for you:
Designs, Patterns, and Finishes
Again, laminate flooring comes in hundreds of designs. Some of the designs mimic a certain wood grain or slate patterns. The finishes will vary as well. Some Laminate flooring is coated with a shiny protective layer while others have a duller top coat to accurately mimic a certain surface. For example, laminate flooring with stone or wood patterns has a dull top layer to mimic the respective surfaces.
When it comes to designs, patterns and finishes, choose those that suit the general design of your home. For instance, if your home features wooden accents, then laminate flooring with wood patterns make a great choice.
Another thing to consider before choosing a specific laminate flooring design is to check the colors. See if the flooring color complements your color scheme. You can do that by looking at a color wheel. The color that is the opposite of a certain color is the complementing hue. Ideally, you want to combine these contrasting colors together to achieve harmony.
But if you don’t like the idea of using contrasting colors then you can always choose colors within a specific color family. For example, fuchsia pink, baby pink, and rose belong in the same color family. Cobalt blue, midnight blue, and light blue also belong in the same color family. Now the key is to check the color scheme of your home and consulting the color wheel to determine what color family to follow.
Accents and Decors
A great way to dress up the space and add harmony is through accents and decors. If say, you want the colors scheme to be subtle, you don’t have to match the floors to the interiors. You can add home decors in complementing hues to warm up a space. For example, adding pink and orange colored decors work great for midnight blue or royal blue laminate flooring.
Price and Quality
When it comes to prices, you can expect to pay as little as $0.59 to as high as $3.75 per square foot. The price will depend on many things such as the quality, the design and the merchant you choose. Laminate flooring with a high shine is more affordable and easier to install than laminate flooring with a duller surface. Both types of laminate flooring are durable enough that they will last years of use. Of course, it’s best to choose high-quality laminate flooring so don’t let the price be the sole deciding factor on what flooring to get.
Our advice is to set your budget and work your way from there. You can either stick to it or adjust your budget accordingly.