Buying Laminate Flooring

When it comes to choosing a floor that is stain resistant, durable, and one that never needs waxing, laminate is the perfect solution. This type of flooring is so incredibly easy to care for that it has become and remains a popular choice. If you have a house full of kids and/or pets, some flooring options will simply not work but with laminate, you can keep your floors looking great all the time.

Pricing

With laminate, no matter the style or color you choose, the price is much the same. However, to enjoy laminate with a more natural looking design or one with the most texture, you would pay a little more. One of the greatest benefits of choosing laminate is that it is so real looking. For instance, if you were interested in having hardwood installed, but find the price too high for your budget, you could choose laminate, which looks just like real wood but for a huge reduction in price.

Installation Method

The installation method used for laminate flooring is called a floating system. In this case, the padded underlayment is positioned so it rests between the laminate strips and the subfloor. Typically, you get a slight give when walking on laminate flooring but not enough to make much of a difference. In fact, most people simply notice a soft feel to the floor and nothing else. Now, the glue down method is also possible but the look is not as clean. On the other hand, the glue down installation process does make any repairs easier and more affordable to fix.

Other Fees

When shopping around for laminate flooring, you would find that the price is based on a per square foot basis. For this reason, it is important to do some comparison-shopping to ensure you get the best price but also find the exact look you want for your home. In addition to the initial cost for the planks, other fees should be considered. Although you might not pay anything more, you could. Some of these additional fees might include:

Furniture Movement

Sometimes, laminate floor installers will move furniture in and out of the room but for a fee.

Old Flooring Removal

If old flooring has to be removed and destroyed, again, you could be charged extra money. This can be somewhat costly if the installer needs to do extensive removal work.

Subfloor Material Replacement or Repair

In some cases, subfloor material will be in bad condition, meaning that it would need to be repaired or completely replaced. It can be difficult for the installer to know the extent of subfloor replacement needed prior to the job. Consequently, this can be an area of hidden costs. However, there are things that they can do to increase knowledge prior to beginning the work such as inspecting a portion of the subfloor.

Material Delivery Fee

Another common fee is delivery for bringing the materials to the site.

Installer Cost

Of course, you have the cost for the installer doing the work too, something that varies significantly depending on the person or company you choose. Sometimes this is expressed as an hourly rate. Other times it will be a fixed rate.

Cost of Additional Supplies

Finally, in some instances, additional materials and/or supplies are needed to complete the job.

Conclusion

In light of the possible costs listed above, it makes sense to be very careful when negotiating with a vendor or installer. You should be aware that these costs exist and do your best to get them to include all of these costs in their initial project quotation. Some bids that look low may actually end up costing much more because of hidden costs and fees.