You’ve been trapped inside all winter getting a first hand experience of what your tired carpet has been subject to all winter long. From kids dropping sippy cups, wet dogs stretching out and a furnace blowing dust particles every twenty minutes, you and the carpet have both had enough.
If you’ve been mulling over some renovations beyond the new coat of paint, and are not afraid of taking on a new challenge, then laminate floors could be the perfect change that you can do yourself and save heaps of cash .
Laminate floors have been available in North America for about 15 years and have changed considerably in that time. What used to be quite a tricky endeavor to install due to product manufacturing has given way to a vast array of sizes and styles that have not only presented great choice to the marketplace, but improvements in the installation process as well.
When looking for laminates, try not to stick to the big box stores because of convenience, but rather hunt out the smaller guys. It’s amazing what you’ll find in these stores as far as price, product and advice goes.
One reason for this explains The Home Improvement Warehouse owner, Mike Doyle Jr., a veteran of the home renovation industry for over 30 years is “lower overhead. As a family owned business we can control our costs much easier than the big nationals who have to consider many forces at once. As well, it allows us to build personal relationships with our vendors who don’t have to keep meeting new bodies in the same seat every few months. Because they know who they are dealing with every day, they come to us with the better deals first.”
The selections can range from the simple warm Western Oak look to the cosmopolitan Persian Walnut, intoxicating Brazilian Cherry to inviting Cinnamon Birch. At first glance, you wouldn’t be able to tell it apart from staple down hardwood flooring, and even then, most of your house guests would have to ask.
The installation itself is quite easy, especially when you compare it to other floor coverings, in fact most of the tools involved are easy to operate, and chances are that you or a friend have sitting in the garage anyhow.
The style of laminate flooring goes beyond just colour, the thickness of the product is something to take into consideration as well. The Home Improvement Warehouse Assistant Manager, James Elwood adds “Where you install the product is important in judging thickness. If you are installing in a basement with a varied slope, a thinner covering can be more desirable than say a 13.5 mm product as they have more bend and give. If you are planning on putting it into a bedroom or office, the thicker (12 to 13.5 mm) are good ideas as they can broadcast more warmth, as well as they tend to have better class of wear protection.”
Aside from the ease of installing the product, laminates also have the unique ability to be installed practically anywhere in the house given it’s flexibility. Basements, bathrooms, and kitchens are examples of areas that conventional flooring, such as carpet and hardwood are not well suited for. In addition, laminate floors can be installed right over top most subfloor material, especially K3 board, also known as particle board, the material that is under linoleum. It will not install over carpet, carpet underlayment, and tile.
In addition to free in-home estimates, The Home Improvement Warehouse provides ‘how-to’ seminars two times a month, where the public can learn from a professional the basics and the tricks of the trade when it comes to installing laminate flooring.” A schedule for those dates, and contact information are provided on the company’s website