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Ask Bob and Betsy: Can I Use Laminate Flooring in a Bathroom?

Ask Bob and Betsy: Can I Use Laminate Flooring in a Bathroom?

Dear Ariana, You’re right. There’s no such thing as waterproof laminate flooring. But that does not mean that laminate cannot be installed in rooms where there is some water. The biggest concern with bathrooms is both water and humidity, which can cause buckling or bubbling. For those reasons, we would only recommend installing in a half-bath or powder room that ... Read More »

What is the Best Laminate Flooring for a Kitchen?

What is the Best Laminate Flooring for a Kitchen?

Dear Jennifer, Congratulations on your home remodel! Laminate flooring in your kitchen is a great choice, but there are special considerations you should consider when purchasing laminate flooring for a kitchen! The Best Laminate Flooring For A Kitchen Keep in mind, laminate flooring is not waterproof. There are special laminates that have properties that can help with kitchen accidents. When deciding ... Read More »

What’s the Difference Between Laminate and Linoleum Flooring?

What’s the Difference Between Laminate and Linoleum Flooring?

Dear Sam, As a homeowner, you have a lot of choices in flooring – so many in fact that it’s easy to get overwhelmed by it all. Both laminate and linoleum are popular types of flooring by homeowners wanting to make an affordable, yet good looking update to the home. Knowing the differences between laminate and linoleum can help you ... Read More »

Is Laminate Flooring Cheaper Than Carpet

Is Laminate Flooring Cheaper Than Carpet

When searching for new flooring options you may be tempted to cover your whole house in carpet and call it a day. It’s soft, cushy, and cheaper than any other flooring… right? Not Really! While the up-front cost of carpet might be tempting, over time laminate flooring is cheaper than carpet. Laminate flooring is made to last and is nearly double the ... Read More »

Is Laminate the Same as Engineered Wood?

Is Laminate the Same as Engineered Wood?

Dear Diane, There are so many ways that flooring is manufactured. Keeping up with it all is not easy. Laminate and engineered wood floors are both very popular alternatives to hardwood floor, but they are not created equal. Although they are made from similar materials, they have key differences that make one option better than the other depending on where ... Read More »

Pros and Cons of Loose Lay Vinyl Flooring

Pros and Cons of Loose Lay Vinyl Flooring

When considering a new floor, you’re faced with many options. Do you choose a stone, color, or wood design? Do you pick laminate or vinyl? What kind of underlayment do you need? It’s an overwhelming decision to make. Narrowing your choice to the most innovative and popular types of flooring can help you know what’s going to last you for ... Read More »

What is Engineered Flooring?

What is Engineered Flooring?

Dear Betsy, Engineered flooring typically refers to engineered hardwood flooring. This is a specific product that consists of several layers of wood. The top layer is the hardwood flooring itself. This is the same as the traditional solid wood flooring. The layers beneath that consist of plywood, high-density flooring, or another core material. There are usually four total layers. The ... Read More »

The Newlywed’s Guide to Sifting Through Flooring Options

The Newlywed’s Guide to Sifting Through Flooring Options

Congratulations! You exchanged vows, promised to love each other until death do you part, and now you are knee deep in fixing up your future home. One of the first projects you’ll likely do is decide on the flooring options for each room. Flooring decisions are difficult. There are colors, types, and styles that you and your new spouse need ... Read More »

What Does Direct Pressure Laminate Flooring Mean?

What Does Direct Pressure Laminate Flooring Mean?

Dear James, Direct pressure signifies the type of pressure used when making the laminate flooring. Laminate flooring is made using four main layers. The protective layer The decorative layer The inner layer The backing layer To create a plank, these four layers must be pressed together with enough pressure to turn them into one piece of flooring. There are two ... Read More »

Is Vinyl or Laminate Flooring Better?

Is Vinyl or Laminate Flooring Better?

Dear Lexie, Both laminate and vinyl make high-quality, exceptional floors. Both look great, are durable, and will last you for years to come. Both are affordable. With quality, design, and price so similar, it’s time to dig into the details and determine which one is the best fit for your room. As you try to find that perfect next floor ... Read More »