Laminate Flooring: What You Need To Know

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Are you looking for budget-friendly flooring that is durable and easy to install? We have a great option!

Laminate flooring is a popular option for people who want a resemblance to hardwood flooring without paying for the cost. Read along to find out the pros and cons of laminate flooring!

 Pros and Cons of Laminate Flooring

While laminate has a few downsides, a quick scan shows that the advantages outnumber the disadvantages.


  • Inexpensive

  • Durable

  • Easy to install

  • Low maintenance

  • Allergy-friendly


  • Warping

  • Can't be refinished

 Pros of Laminate Flooring

Installing laminate flooring is one of the cheapest and easiest options when you're considering new floors. The average cost of laminate flooring in Edmonton was $3,445 in 2020. With lumber costs risen since then, the chasm between the cost of hardwood and laminate has grown. Even in 2020, it was still a big difference, with wood floors costing an average of $7,722.

Laminate flooring design for the planks to lock together. The pieces simply snap together. You don't need nails like hardwood or grout-like tiles. Homeowners can opt to install laminate flooring themselves if they feel comfortable; it’s that easy. Even though laminate is an inexpensive option, it still looks great and is highly durable. It holds up against pets and children with a scratch-resistant top layer.

Laminate flooring doesn't require much upkeep since it's resistant to stains and other build-ups. You can continue your routine cleaning without the need for any special solutions. Unlike carpet, laminate doesn't trap pet dander, dust, or other debris. This makes it pet and allergy-friendly! It's a bonus that you don't have to worry about your vacuum not cleaning carpet fibres thoroughly enough.

 Cons of Laminate Flooring

The biggest downside of laminate flooring is its aversion to water. While it is resistant to water, a major leak or spill could cause warping. Gluing the joints would help avoid this situation, but a better option for wet environments would be vinyl plank flooring. Failing to follow the manufacturer's guidelines when installing your flooring could cause it to warp or buckle. If you're worried about doing it yourself, hire a professional to ensure it's done right.

Another con to laminate is the fact that it can't be refinished. Once it is damaged or you change your mind about the style, it has to be replaced. Unlike wood floors that you can sand and refinish, laminate is a permanent colour decision.

Buy Laminate Flooring From Alberta Carpet Centre Today

If you're in the Edmonton area and looking to select new laminate flooring for your home, Alberta Carpet Centre is here to help! We have a wide selection of laminate flooring available – you can choose from an assortment of colours, textures and thicknesses. Check out Alberta Carpet Centre's showroom for quality laminate flooring today!