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How to Select Laminate Flooring

So you’ve decided to add brand new flooring to your home, congrats! The only issue, where on earth do you start? Selecting laminate flooring may not always be the easiest process as there is so much to choose from!When it comes to laminate you have many categories to take into consideration. We have a little tip for you to remember on how to select laminate flooring. All you have to do is think F.A.C.T.S. – that’s right facts!


  • Features
  • AC Rating
  • Color
  • Thickness
  • Style & Features


The features of laminate will play a HUGE role for your flooring. You’ll notice some flooring comes with underalyment attached; some does not. You’ll notice there a variety of different finishes for the flooring ranging from hand scraped all the way to smooth satin. You’ll have the option of beveled edges or square edges. Some of these might be important, some might not. Either way the more detail oriented you get about your flooring the easier your decision making process will be!

Laminate flooring with attached underlayment
Laminate flooring with attached underlayment

AC Rating

Laminate flooring AC Ratings can determine the durability of your flooring. If you are purchasing a floor for your closet… you might not need a high AC Rating, if you’re purchasing a floor for your business, you will most certainly need the highest AC Rating there is! Choosing which AC Rating is appropriate for your can help you condense your options and work your way closer to finding the right flooring.

What is AC Rating for Laminate Flooring


Color is a great starting point if you have a room design in mind. If you KNOW that you are searching for a dark flooring you can start there and weed through the other categories until you settle on a perfect choice. Think about the style your home has and base your color choice off of that. For example, if your home is coastal you might want to check out some of the white flooring options, if your home is country inspired selecting a dark wood or an oak could be great for your design. Order some samples and compare them with each room – place them next to the furniture, next to the area rugs, and next to the cabinets.

Armstrong Rustics Forestry Mix White Washed laminate flooring
Armstrong Rustics Forestry Mix White Washed laminate flooring


Laminate flooring typically comes in 6- 12mm of thickness. Choose the thickness that best meets the needs of your subfloor. If you have a sturdy concrete subfloor, you can use a 6mm laminate. If you have a thin, plywood subfloor, consider a 8mm – 12mm laminate to make your floor feel more sturdy.

Laminate flooring thickness
Laminate flooring is available in a number of various thicknesses


The style of laminate can range from coastal, contemporary, exotic, etc. This kind of goes hand in hand with the color of laminate. Once you have your style down you can get a better idea what color you’ll want to settle on.

Elesgo Super Gloss Black is a very modern style of laminate flooring
Elesgo Super Gloss Black is a very modern style of laminate flooring

Hopefully, we have made the selection process easier for you! If you still have questions, please write them in the comments below or call us at 1-800-520-0961 and we will help you!

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