Are you the type of person who gets a rush whenever you find a stellar deal? Have you ever been burned by one of those deals, where the quality was so bad it ended up costing you more in the long run?
You’re not alone.
Too often, “discount” gets a bad reputation because of a few bad sellers. However, the best discount laminate flooring isn’t poor quality. When you know what to look for, you might be surprised at how jaw-dropping of a deal you can get.
How to Spot Quality Discount Laminate Flooring
The first step in finding any floor is to go through the process of eliminating the good vs. the bad. You should do the same with the quality of flooring too. Here are a few tips to keep you safe from falling victim to low quality discount flooring.
Search for a Higher AC Rating
The higher the AC rating, the more durable your flooring will be. Discount floors come in all AC rating levels. To get higher quality flooring, avoid AC1 or AC2 level floors. These ones cannot take as much foot traffic and may not be well-suited for a lot of wear and tear.
Order a Free Sample
Quality retailers know the importance of getting a sample. At Bestlaminate, we offer free samples to help you see the flooring before you order a bulk quantity.
Request your free sample of laminate flooring and then inspect it before ordering it. Can you see the repeating pattern? Does it feel sturdy? Checking it before you buy is a great way to know the level of quality you’re getting.
Check for the NALFA Certification Seal
The North American Laminate Flooring Association runs laminate flooring through rigorous tests to determine their durability. If your flooring has a seal of approval, you can bet that it is a higher quality floor that will stand the test of time.
Thickness Isn’t Everything
When thinking exclusively about durability, you can ignore the thickness level. Although, the thicker the floor the more sturdy it is, is true. So purchase a floor thickness based on what you need for your subfloor. If you are installing in a basement, over concrete, you don’t need a 12mm thick flooring. You will be just fine with an 8mm or 7mm. The AC Rating is where you want to choose your durablity.
Manufacturers have different ways of determining thickness levels. Some laminate comes with underlayment pre-installed and manufacturers will include that underlayment in the thickness levels. Others won’t. Only use the thickness levels as a way to measure how the flooring will fit in your room.
Perhaps nothing is more telling than other people’s experience with the same floor. Read reviews from other consumers to find out what they have said about the flooring you’re interested in buying. We recommend using the website you plan on purchasing from, or another third party place like Amazon for the most reliable reviews.
When it comes to discount laminate flooring, you want nothing but the best. Let our flooring experts send you the samples you’re interested in so that you can find the best flooring for the long-run. Call us sat 1-800-520-0961 to speak with a sales representative!