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What is laminate flooring and how is it installed?
Laminate is growing in popularity due to it's durability, aesthetic, and cost-effective price range. Homeowners can achieve the look of hardwood or stone for a fraction of the price. Laminate products are multi-layer synthetics (including a paper design atop resin and fiberboard core) that are bonded by lamination.
Like most flooring products, laminate flooring usually comes in tile shapes or plank shapes. There is a huge variety of styles and colours to choose from. Laminate products are installed above a base floor.
How much does the project cost?
On average, laminate installation costs about 50% less than hardwood installations. Wood products can be twice the price of laminate. See price estimates below:
- Labour costs for installation on average (not including product and underlay): $1.93/ft2
- Costs of baseboard installation: $1.10 - $3.00/linear foot
- Cost of product: anywhere from $0.89 - $4.00+/ft2
- Existing floor removal: depends on floor material
*installation price fluctuates based on .mm thickness of the laminate flooring product
Although you can expect to pay less for laminate floors, you should still set aside an additional 10 – 20% of the project cost in case something goes wrong.
Is this a DIY project?
Laminate flooring can be installed by a well-seasoned DIY-er. Laminate is much easier to install than wood flooring. The product is mostly tongue and groove assembly. Mind you, this is a free-floating system, which requires an underlayment that may be challenging to install. anyone without measuring/cutting experience, tools, and knowledge of baseboard installation may have difficulty with this project.
It's a good idea to invest in a high-quality laminate product. You should opt for 12mm thick planks (at the very least). Make sure to get thick padding for the underlayment. It's a good idea to purchase a product with many different floor patterns to avoid repetition. A good contractor or installer will be able to assemble the flooring pattern well.
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