Thinking of ripping out the shag rug that’s been in your home since the 1970s? Carpets are becoming a thing of the past as the age of laminate flooring has taken over. New and old homes alike are being remodeled with new flooring to appease this new aesthetic, and if you’re a homeowner, it is a great project to tackle. Whether you love do-it-yourself jobs or would rather pay a contractor to do it for you, finding the right materials for affordable prices is a big part of the process. Even if you do hire contractors, you can save on the fees they’ll charge by getting your own materials.
Now that you’ve decided to remodel, choosing the right laminate flooring takes some consideration. In the past, wood laminate flooring was easily distinguishable from real hardwood flooring. Today, that’s no longer the case. Here are some options to choose from:
- Basic Laminate: When you think of laminate flooring, this is likely what you’re thinking of. This type consists of planks that have wood grain appearance, but the smoothness of the surface is distinct. The reasons people want a completely smooth floor is that it’s easy to clean and gives brightness to a room because it reflects light. This style is one of the most popular, as well as the cheapest.
- Wood Grain Patterns: The next level of laminate flooring is the kind where manufacturers have begun adding in actual wood grain “abnormalities.” Real hardwood flooring is unique. Trees will have distinct designs, knots, and the planks aren’t as smooth and reflective as basic laminate. Manufacturers are now able to duplicate these effects with beveling to match wood grains such as pine, maple, or cherry.
- Stone Patterns: Recently, the popularity of stone look-alikes has skyrocketed. Manufacturers are now proficient at creating designs nearly indistinguishable from the real thing. Using laminate flooring rather than real stone has many advantages, such as the fact that it is not as cold or expensive as real stone.
- LVT & LVP Flooring: Luxury vinyl tile and luxury vinyl plank flooring are the No. 1 flooring product sold in North America! Different styles, colors, and now waterproof products are available. The material construction can vary between manufacturers, but the waterproof factor is huge. If you have moisture issues in your crawl space or you are flooring a basement, this is the floor for you. Contractors for apartment buildings are increasingly turning to this product due to its durability and ease of installation.
Surplus Sales has been in the business of providing premium laminate flooring in the Corbin, KY, area since 1995. They buy excess materials from wholesale markets and sell to customers at prices that beat any other store. Catering to the DIY crowd, they understand you’re working on your home, which means you’re working within a budget but still want top quality. Call them today at (606) 523-9166 to ask about their vast inventory of materials or contact them online.