How To Choose A Laminate Floor

Laminate flooring is a "floating" floor - it does not have to be nailed or glued to the subfloor, and it can be installed over most existing floors - concrete, ceramic, vinyl, wood and even some indoor/outdoor carpet. And there is no need to sand, stain or seal as with traditional wood flooring. Choose from two installation options:

individual pieces fitted and glued together to form a strong bond throughout the floor, ensuring a precision fit while allowing for natural contraction and expansion.
  Locking -
  individual pieces automatically aligned with a uniquely designed mechanical locking system. This no-glue installation system ensures a long-lasting precision fit floor that accommodates for natural contraction and expansion.

Your floor is your backdrop for living - a blank canvas from which the personality of your home emerges. Choosing the right floor can be challenging. Here are some decorative tips:

Create Harmony With Laminate
  Laminates are comfortable in nearly every room on the house, but stick with the style that best reflects the personality of your home, choosing from a variety of wood looks that range from the classic to the contemporary: Oak, Cherry, Pine, Bamboo and Applewood.
  Mixing Wood Finishes
    It's best to stay with one solid style of wood look, specifically with rooms that flow together, such as living rooms into dinings areas. So, consider using the same flooring in adjoining rooms like powder rooms or hallways to create a spacious living area. The effect is a more open feel, versus a patchwork quilt of designs.
  Mixing Or Matching Trim
    Paint your existing baseboard and other trims to coordinate with the room; even better, stick with one color for continuity. There are also a variety of laminate trims which are great alone or combined with either painted or stained trims.
  Shopping With Swatches
  When you go shopping for your floor, bring swatches of fabric and paint chips along with you. You'll be surprised at how various wood tones (some you may not have even considered before!) blend beautifully with the palete you selected.
Dark Versus Light Floors
  Two rules of thumb when deciding between a dark floor or light floor;
Dark woods radiate great warmth and comfort, a promise of a cozy, intimate atmosphere enhanced with rich design.
Light woods expand a room, making for a more open, brighter atmosphere.
Combing Textures
  Successful rooms combine a variety of textures. For instance, strong-grained woods like oak look great with leathers and linens; lighter woods like maple and pale cherry can be paired with softer cottons and sheer fabrics.
Custom Touches Add Excitement
  You can use laminate flooring to create a more casual look or to border a space for added drama. Visualize this: a dining room with a light cherry floor bordered with the darker version as accent. Or, consider creating contrasting stripes down a long room or hallway for visual panache. (You also can vary the width of the stripes.)

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