- Getting the best deal on laminate flooring can take a little time to research all the choices on the market these days. The two basic choices you have these days are buying online or buying in your local market. Online merchants don't tend to carry the high overhead cost as your local flooring store. There are pros and cons when buying your laminate flooring from either place.
- The advantage of purchasing from a local flooring store are:
- 1. Being able to see all the samples and choices in one place.
- 2. Having them supply an installer to install the laminate flooring.
- 3. Feeling confident that if any problems arise they are close by.
- 4. Most flooring stores will let you pay a portion of the bill first and you pay the balance when the job is complete and you are satisfied.
- The disadvantage of purchasing from a local flooring store are:
- You will most likely pay a higher price for the laminate flooring.
- You will pay the sales tax.
- Most often you will not know the quality of workmanship of the installer they will send to your home.
- The advantage of purchasing from an online merchant are:
- You can get a better quality of laminate flooring for the price.
- You can shop from your home and have samples delivered to you (most often for free)
- In most cases you will not pay a sales tax.
- No high pressure salesman.
- The disadvantage of purchasing from an online merchant are:
- You do not get to see all the samples at once.
- Some online merchants may not be the most trustworthy. (do some home work) Check out mythreecents.com
- It may not be too easy to talk to a real person sometimes.
Here are a couple of examples.
In this photo I used a penny to illustrate the thickness of this laminate flooring. This laminate flooring was purchased online at 2.52 per square foot. The thickness is 14 mm with a very durable surface of AC 5 rating ( Ac rating system is based on a 1 to 5 scale, 5 being the strongest). The 2.52 per square foot included the freight, which was delivered to the home.
This next photo shows what was purchased at a local big box store. This product cost 2.48 per square foot. The thickness is 8 mm and I couldn't find an AC rating on it. The planks did not fit together as good as the other product above.
If your serious about finding the best deal on laminate flooring do the research, take some time and make sure you don't make the mistake of paying too much or buying a sub standard product. If your into installing it yourself learn as much as you can about what it takes to install it yourself.