Carpeteria Carpet One Floor & Home of Santa Barbara features laminate flooring and other hard surfaces in-stock in our showroom! Our flooring specialists understand laminate floors and can help you understand if it is the right choice for you. We feature Santa Barbara's most comprehensive assortment of in-stock and special order laminates that will satisfy any budget.
Today's laminates try to closely replicate the look and feel of hardwood or stone. Our wonderful selection of laminates will surprise you as to how close they resemble hardwood & tile floors. Please visit our Santa Barbara showroom to speak with one of our flooring specialists who can help you determine if laminate is a good fit for your home.
Laminate is a good choice for homeowners that like the look and feel of authentic hardwood or tile floors but are looking for a lower cost with less maintenance. Laminate is indeed less expensive than hardwood floors mainly because it is a man made product. Laminate floors are made of a plastic surface that has been fastened to a dense wood core and a synethic backing material. This type of construction is designed to handle the wear and tear of busy homes. Dents and scratches are less likely to occur in laminated floors compared to hardwood. Additionally, laminate tends to fade less than hardwood floors.
Laminate flooring requires the least maintenance of any floor in the industry. Everyday sweeping and vacuuming are the best ways of taking care of laminate floors. Spills should be wiped up immediately and occasional moping with manufacturer approved products is recommended.
Laminate Flooring Installation
At Carpeteria Carpet One of Santa Barbara, we often are asked whether a consumer can install laminate floors themselves. While laminate can be considered a "do it yourself" product, we recommend using our professionally trained installers. We follow industry guidelines from start to finish with our laminate and hardwood products to ensure that potential installation related problems are eliminated. Laminate is not as simple as clicking the planks together. Other installation related issues must be handled such as moisture testing your concrete slab if applicable, what type of underlayment will be used, will you need any moldings or baseboards, etc. That being said, let Carpeteria Carpet One of Santa Barbara give you a competitive estimate today.
Laminate vs Hardwood
Because the surface of laminate floors are inherently made of plastic, they will never look as authentic as real hardwood floors. Although our laminate manufacturers have made many advancements in technology to make laminates look as real as wood, it can never replace the beauty and feel of hardwood floors.
As explained earlier, laminate floors are less expensive in both material and labor costs as opposed to hardwood. Therefore, if price is a major issue, laminate should be considered.
One issue many consumers overlook is the method that laminate is installed. Laminate floors are always floated on top of the subfloor using an underlayment pad. They are never glued down to the subfloor. While this makes laminate easier to install, because the product is floating, it is often noisier and more hollow sounding as compared to a glued down hardwood installation. At our Santa Barbara showroom, we have examples of both glued down and floating installations to help you understand the differences between both installation methods.
A benefit that a floating installation has is that it is easier to pull-up if down the road you decide to change your flooring as compared to a glued down product which can require a lot of labor. If you're considering putting down a hard surface for temporary use whether it be laminate or hardwood, consider a floating installation.
Finally, in a real estate market like Santa Barbara, resale value of your home should be considered. While hard surfaces typically will help your home sell, hardwood has the edge over laminate due to its natural characteristics and authentic look and feel.
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Low-Down on Laminate
If you are on a tight budget or need a floor that is low maintenance, then consider laminate flooring. It has come a long way over the years and is more visually realistic than ever before!What's Up With Laminate?
Laminate floors may look like hardwood, but they are much easier to take care of. Unlike hardwood, you do not need to refinish laminate floors, and if properly maintained you can enjoy beautiful floors for years.How Do I Care for Laminate?