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Laminate Flooring Buying Guide

Deciding to buy laminate flooring makes sense for a lot of homeowners – it's durable, easy-to-install and hypoallergenic. In addition, you can achieve the same look of hardwood, tile or stone flooring without the same cost of those materials.

To help direct you through the buying process, has developed a comprehensive, Laminate Buying Guide. With this guide, you can learn important facts on everything from buying laminate to installation. Also available are sections offering tips on laminate care and maintenance as well as recommendations for people with specific lifestyle needs. Use this guide to simplify the laminate purchase process from start to finish!

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Laminate Flooring Basics

Things to consider when starting a laminate flooring project:

  • Abrasion Rating System (AC Rating)
  • Your Environment
  • Room–by–Room Practicality
  • Lifestyle Factors
  • Basic Care

Questions to Ask

Sometimes the difference between finding a good laminate floor for your home and a great one is all a matter of knowing what questions to ask. Refer to our list of questions – in print–friendly format – when consulting a flooring or installation professional.

Types of Laminate Flooring

The majority of laminate floor types are manufactured using two different processes: High–Pressure Laminate (HPL) and Direct–Pressure Laminate (DPL). These laminate methods produce 4 different laminate installations: glueless (the most popular), laminate flooring with attached underlay, glued, and pre–glued. Read our Types of Laminate section to learn about the differences in each of these forms and determine which one is best for your laminate flooring project.


Enhance and extend the life of your laminate flooring by incorporating the following accessories.

  • Trims and Moldings: Conceals expansion gaps between the laminate floor and wall. Trims and moldings also help to integrate laminate flooring with carpet and other flooring surfaces.
  • Underlayment: Minimize sound and moisture transmission and protect your laminate floors by installing an underlayment.
  • Adhesives: Depending on the type of laminate flooring you select adhesives may be needed for the installation of your flooring project.
  • Cleaning Kits: Learn which cleaner is best for laminate and which cleaner can actually harm your laminate floor.

Installation Questions: Hiring a professional installer and don't know what to ask? This section not only provides important questions for professional installers, but also questions for those who are interested in a DIY installation.

  • Professional Installer vs. "Do–It–Yourself" (DIY)
  • Helpful Tips
  • Installation Questions

Where to Buy: Read the advantages and disadvantages of buying laminate from a local or online retailer.

Pricing: Learn how you may be able to trim costs on your laminate flooring purchase.

Checklist: Refer to our print–friendly checklist when consulting a flooring professional to ensure that you don't miss a step.

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