Laminate Flooring is a Low Cost Alternative
Laminate flooring has evolved dramatically during the past decade. It used to be that laminate flooring was your flooring choice if you wanted something inexpensive, and also didn’t mind if your new floor didn’t look so good after only a couple of year’s use and abuse. Now, Great American Flooring offers contemporary laminate flooring that looks better, lasts longer, is more damage-resistant and is easier to maintain than its predecessors.
Laminate flooring offers the look of beautiful hardwood floors, without the hardwood cost!
Laminate is Durable, Clean and Easy to Maintain
Because of its durability, hygienic qualities and easy installation and maintenance, laminates quickly became the popular choice when cost-conscious consumers couldn’t bear the cost of hardwood, tile or stone floors. Glue-less laminate flooring planks, tongue and groove sections that snap together without needing adhesive, were developed in 1996, making laminates easier to install and even more attractive to budget-minded homeowners.
There is not much price difference between laminates which mimic different types of surfaces like hardwood or stone. That’s because the manufacturing process is the same, regardless of style, color or type. Like many floor covering products, laminates require a little maintenance to keep them looking good. It is essential that laminates be kept clean. Dirt, sand, or even small, hard particles of dirt can scratch the surface in high traffic areas. It is also critical to keep laminates dry. Standing water can warp or swell the product. When it comes to placing furniture on laminate, protective pads on the feet will also avoid scratching and keep the surface looking great. As with many products, not all laminates are created equal. Some inferior brands will look like a cheap imitation of the stone or wood they are supposed to emulate, and poor manufacturing can cause some laminates to separate, leaving gaps between the planks. At Great American Flooring, we carry only the best laminates on the market. And our experienced installers can put down your new laminate floor perfectly in less time than most crews can open the boxes.
If you’re not sure which type of wood or stone you want your laminate to look like, our Interior Designer, Pam, will be glad to bring samples to your install location so you can get a clear idea of exactly how each would look. Have questions or want to see some samples of quality laminate? Call Pam or Larry at 316.264.3660.
Selecting a Great Company to Install your Laminate or Hardwood Flooring
The fact is that most Wichita, Kansas area laminate flooring installers have access to the same flooring materials. So your decision about hiring a company should really come down to two key areas.
- Do you know exactly what you’re looking for, or would you like to work with a professional floor consultant (at no cost)?
- Does your project have any peculiarities or nuances that must be considered at the outset? (Remember, professional flooring consultants and installers will see things you will not. Expertise is critical!)
- Have you considered how your new laminate floor will integrate with your existing home decor?
- On-time estimates
- On-time scheduling
- Installation by professional craftsmen