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Why we chose laminate floors

Why We Chose Laminate Floors

I’ve received quite a few questions about the laminate floors we put in 6 months ago. I want share why we chose laminate floors as well as share some pictures of our floors (Bruce/Armstrong Reclaimed American Chestnut) in different lighting as retailer pictures are so limited are hard to get a feel for.

Why We Chose Laminate Floors

When we started looking at floors for our house the first factor was money. It’s easy to get excited about beautiful hardwood floors and forget to multiply the price tag by the amount of square feet you plan on putting in. $7 per square foot for 1200 square foot of house will put you back $8,400 dollars. If that’s in your budget that’s great! For us even $4 per square foot was outside of our budget. So agree on a price and narrow your selection from there!

Agree on a price and narrow your selection from there!

Why we chose laminate floors

When it became clear what price range we were looking at (about $2-3.50 square foot) the majority of our options fell in the laminate hardwood selection. Then we spent A LOT OF TIME in Home Depot and Lowes staring at the floor section. We started with wanting dark, but realized how dark that would make our kitchens. When we looked at the light selections, we really wanted to stay away from yellow and orange tints in their extremes.

Why we chose laminate floors

The laminate hardwood is a great product. It comes in various thicknesses just like real hardwood. We wanted to find a thick option for durability. Most laminate hardwood are of the floating click and lock variety. This was easy to do on our own, saving major installation costs!

Why we chose laminate floors

Some also come with a pad already attached. We went with a floor that didn’t and bought the best pad for cushioned walking and padded sound.

Why we chose laminate floors

As for durability, we have put these to the test! Furniture has been slid across it, things have (regrettably) crashed upon it, and animals regularly are causing chaos about it. No dents or scratches to date!

Cleaning them is very simple! Ours in particular have enough color variations that they hide dirt and fur well in between sweepings + vacuuming. I mop them about once a month with Method Wood for Good Squirt + Mop Wood Floor Cleaner in Almond. I literally just take a damp rag, hook it onto my Swiffer, squirt this amazing stuff as I go and it looks + smells amazing! I don’t use a lot of water so I don’t need to dry as I which makes mopping a breeze.

Why we chose laminate floors

The other thing I love about these floors are the “handscraped” ridges, the micro edges (the grooves in between the planks), and the generous width of the planks themselves. Definitely a unique look that has made us very happy!

I hope these details and pictures can help you on your quest for floors! We took almost a month to decide what we wanted and bought them from Home Depot (though I’ve known great floors and happy customers of Lumber Liquidators too!) If you have any questions please ask below!

Why We Chose Laminate Floors

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11 Comments

  • Reply Corinna - For My Love Of

    No questions, but holy cow are these beautiful! I’ll have to look around and see if there’s a laminate similar enough to our wood floors.

    January 24, 2015 at 9:35 am
  • Reply Kyla @HouseOfHipsters

    Your floors turned out just beautiful!

    January 28, 2015 at 7:09 am
  • Reply Jodi House

    Holy moly! I LOVE these floors. We are remodeling an entire house and have been searching for floors similar to this that won’t break the bank. Will have to check with my local Home Depot. Thanks for this detailed description.

    September 21, 2015 at 5:24 am
    • Reply Petite Modern Life

      So glad to help! Finding floors is such a challenge especially pics of an actual house with them! Good luck!

      September 21, 2015 at 7:21 am
      • Reply Jodi House

        Yes, it is a huge challenge. So many choices! I just started a blog a few months ago called thehousehouse.com. It is about our entire house remodel. I’ve written about floors before and how hard it is to decide. I started writing a weekly update on our remodel progress and would like to put a link to this post in this week’s update (since I love these floors), if that is okay with you. Let me know what you think.

        September 23, 2015 at 11:36 am
  • Reply Natalie

    These floors are gorgeous! I’m so glad I came across this post, as we are planning to rip out all of our carpet and were going to install hardwood in its place. HOWEVER, after seeing this floor, I may be sold on laminate. My hubby would be so thrilled with the lower price tag! Do people mistake it for hardwood? Also, how did you handle stairs? Did you use it going up your staircase? We’d like to carry the wood up our stairs and don’t know if that’s an option with laminate

    February 5, 2016 at 12:00 pm
    • Reply Petite Modern Life

      Hi Natalie! I’m so glad we could help you out with the pics! It was totally confused with hardwood. It was a great choice with our pets and active lifestyle because it’s not as soft as hardwood helping keep claw and other scratches at bay. We actually did not have any stairs in that house, but yes it is totally doable with laminate.

      February 5, 2016 at 1:09 pm
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