I never thought I'd say this, but Laminate seems to be making a come back.
Until recently, laminate floors were either not as attractive nor as long lasting as their natural counterparts. There were a few options that were actual viable options, but they required the same kind of investment as either hardwood or tile. But that has changed.
Not too long ago, Carpet One International contacted all the top laminate manufacturers. They were given a challenge: create a line of laminates with better visuals, better durability, and better cost levels than the rest of the laminate world. And, Carpet One also requested that the manufactures keep in mind the growing concern about air quality and other health factors.
And because of that we now have the Laminate for Life and Invincible Laminate lines. And I am shocked. I never thought that I would be able to say that I actually liked laminate flooring. But the laminates in this line have won me over. And here's why...
- The unbeatable Carpet One Warranties - from Bronze to Titanium - backed by the Mercer Team
- The tightest, best sealing joints in the industry keeping dust, moisture, and dirt from getting between and under your new floor keeping it cleaner and healthier
- an eco-friendly, allergen-free finish that is easy to keep clean and super tough
- the thickest and most effective core board available in the industry
Now, since the performance is up to par with my standards and the looks have improved by Superman's leaps and bounds, I would have absolutely no problem suggesting a laminate to a client who is looking for an exotic or hand scraped hardwood look with a basic oak budget. Because, with these laminates, it's possible!
Now, I'd like to hear from you:
- what is your experience with laminate flooring?
- has something (or someone) come back to surprise you after you had written it (or the person) off?
- what are your design dilemmas and/or ideas?
And, of course, I'd like to know if you found this post interesting/informative and if you'd like to learn more about this topic!
Flooring Design Consultant