Laminate Flooring Buying Guide

Upgrading the floors gives any home an instant facelift, and laminate floors are among the most economical and easiest flooring types to install.

Laminate floor is an inexpensive flooring choice great for staying on budget.
Laminate floor installation is simple and straightforward.
Laminate is a low-maintenance and easy-care flooring.
Laminate floors offer good durability. 
Water Resistance
Laminate is somewhat water resistant
Making the Right Choice: Laminate Flooring Pros and Cons

Like all flooring types, laminate floors have some unique benefits and drawbacks to consider.

Laminate Flooring Pros

  • Easy installation
  • Very affordable
  • Suitable for most spaces
  • Resistant to scratching
  • Numerous style options (wood imitation, concrete, tiling)

Laminate Flooring Cons

  • Laminate is a relatively thin material
  • Cheaper laminate can be of lower quality
  • Laminate is sensitive to humidity

Pro Tip

Its sensitivity to humidity means that laminate should not be used in the bathroom. However, it is a good choice for the basement. However, if you choose to install laminate in your basement, put a vapor barrier underlay first to control the concrete substrate humidity.

We have one laminate flooring that has been specifically engineered to be water-resistant. The new Mono Serra® Aquastop24(TM) laminate flooring is highly durable and designed to withstand against a water spill for up to 24 hours.

Thickness, Click Type, AC Rating
  • 1 Board thickness
    Thicker boards are a better option for uneven subflooring, as they will lessen obvious ground imperfections.
  • 2 AC rating
    "AC rating" refers to the durability grade of a laminate floor based on wear and tear tests. A higher AC rating indicates stronger and more durable flooring. AC3, AC4, and AC5 ratings make for durable floors.
  • 3 Click type
    There are many different options for how laminate flooring "clicks" together, but the most popular are Dropclic floors or similar systems. These click types are straightforward to install, simple to repair, and easy to remove without breakage or damage.

Pro Tip

Installing laminate flooring is a great DIY project, even for beginners. Just check out this laminate floor installation guide for tips.

Don’t have the time to do it yourself? A team of experts from Reno-Depot can help with any flooring installation.

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