What does laminate flooring look like?
Laminate floors often appear to be solid hardwood; however, this is a clever illusion. Laminate planks and tiles go through an artificial manufacturing process which allows them to take on virtually any appearance, most often wood. Slates, ceramic tiles and many more designs are possible using laminate flooring in Toronto,and the demands are growing daily.
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Cost comparison for hardwood, tiles and laminate flooring in Toronto
Laminate is relatively cost-effective compared with other luxury, high-end materials that it mimics. It ’s made of a synthetic fiberboard material and has a laminate finish, which is typically cheaper than hardwood, but will not last quite as long. This doesn’t mean laminate flooring is an inferior choice. Its well-constructed planks are resistant to moisture, mould and warping, extremely strong and finished with a thin layer of high-quality wood. In general, cost differences of a few dollars per sq foot exist with laminates at $3 to $11 per square foot, and solid hardwood from $10 – $15, both including installation. Tiles, depending on the stone type, will typically carry a higher price as well. For instance, quartz may cost between $60 to $100 per foot, compared with $24 to $50 per foot for laminate that beautifully captures the authentic look and feel of this popular material. In the past, laminate options may have been considered the bargain flooring option, with a cheape rprice and appearance but luckily today, this is no longer the case as savvy homeowners and designers can select high-quality, premium laminate floor that looks and feels fantastic, with less financial investment.
A word of advice
Always look for the authenticating seal of the North American Laminate Flooring Association, (NALFA,) when considering Laminate Flooring in Toronto. This is an easy, smart way to narrow down your options and ensure you’re selecting from only the most premium products. When buying into a NALFA official laminate floor, you can expect a few things. The first one is that you can count on your installation to be glue-free. Interlocking laminate floors are not just more straightforward to install, but they also prevent the harmful off-gassing that a glue installation can lead to. The air quality in your home will be much healthier. Another thing you can count on is how stain free and fade resistant laminate flooring is. Its water repelling and durable nature makes it almost impossible to scratch or warp. Keep a few extra tiles or planks after installation and if a scratch occurs, swap out just one section quickly and easily. It’s that effortless. Modularity is one of this product’s greatest assets.
What Can I Expect?
What are some things you may have to consider?
You can expect excellent longevity as well. Laminate isexceptionally resistant to wear and tear. Due to the moisture resistance, laminate floors can be installed in areas that wood cannot, like a basement or bathroom. Laminate floor installation requires something called an underlayment. This material may needto be purchased separately depending on the type and brand that you select. If your floor is being installed directly on concrete or in an area with a large amount of moisture, you may require an additional moisture resistant barrier in your underlay. The experts at Chestnut flooring will be happy to advise you regarding installation and expert care of your new laminate floors to ensure you’re set up for success. If you want high-quality flooring ora professional opinion about what may be right for your home, feel free to contact us or visit our showroom today.