Laminate flooring: 6 reasons laminate has become popular in Westchester NY

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Home Builder with The Flooring Girl

Westchester NY laminate flooringWe've been getting more and more requests for laminate flooring in Westchester County. Some of our customers are choosing laminate as an alternative to hardwood and others are upgrading from carpeting to laminate floors.

So, why is laminate flooring on the rise?

1. Laminate flooring looks like real hardwood. It is amazing how far laminates have come these last few years, and they come in a variety of colors and styles. They are made to mimic virtually every type of hardwood. They come in matte and shiny finishes and some even have micro beveled edges for a very impactful look.  There are even some options that mimic the handscraped and distressed hardwood look.

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2. Laminate flooring can be installed quickly. Often, if you subfloor is straight/even and secure, laminate flooring can be placed on top of the existing floor, so this reduces time and costs with rip up and floor prep. You can often install on top of vinyl, tile or hardwood floors. Do not install on top of carpet as germs/moisture can get caught in between, and this could create major issues later.  

It's usually a bit easier and faster to install laminate flooring vs hardwood floors. Some home owners even try to install laminate flooring themselves, but it is usually obvious when a homeowner or inexperienced handyman has installed them vs. a flooring expert.   Laminate floors - dark - Westchester NY


3. Laminate floors is great for those w/ allergies or those with asthma. Unlike carpet, laminate will not allow allergens or dust to penetrate and settle in.  


4. Laminate floors are easy to clean and maintain Hard surfaces are much easier to clean and you don't need to worry about getting a professional carpet clean in annually. Because laminate is made with recycled hardwood flooring, you should treat it the same way you would treat hardwood. Hardwood cleaners will work well on laminate as well. Avoid products that have oil or glo/glow in their name as these will usually harm both laminates and hardwood flooring.   laminate flooring maple Westchester New York


5. Laminate floors are kid and pet friendly. Laminates have a melamine wear layer on top so they are pretty scratch resilient and will hold up much better to kids and pets (as well as high heals and moving chairs).  


6. Laminate flooring is very affordable Laminates are a less expensive option vs. hardwood. The material and labor are generally less expensive, so this can really help those on a limited budget. While laminate flooring costs more than carpet, in the long run it will save you a lot of money. Often laminate will cost around 1.5 -1.8 times the cost of carpet, so initially, your outlay will be higher. But, carpet is usually replaced every 5-7 years due to staining and spills. As soon as you replace the carpet once, you will have spent more than you did for the laminate. (Usually laminate will last 3-4 times as long as carpet). And, with laminate, you don't need to worry about annual carpet cleaning which can add additional expense. Laminate flooring can really save a lot of money on rentals as tenants often move out quickly and carpets often need to be replaced every 2-3 years.  

If you live in Westchester NY and are interested in learning more about laminate flooring, give us a call at 914-937-2950 and we'd be happy to provide a free estimate.

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Robert and Lisa Hammerstein -201-315-8618
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Debbie - Everyone can see why you are the go to person for flooring. Again a wonderful post educating us all about flooring.... I certainly would refer you to any customer we come across for flooring.. We have been seeing a lot of laminates lately as well in homes that we have been showing...Their popularity is certainly on the rise.

Mar 31, 2012 08:37 AM #1
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Debbie Gartner
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Robert & Lisa - You guys are so sweet, and I'm so glad you are seeing the same trends in Bergen.

Mar 31, 2012 08:46 AM #2
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Teresa Cooper
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Nice commentary, Debbie.  I have an investor who flips homes, and he refuses to put carpet in the home!  Buyers love the laminates he uses.

Mar 31, 2012 09:30 AM #3
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Debbie Gartner
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Teresa - Yes, laminate is much better option than carpet (and of course hardwood is an even better option).

Mar 31, 2012 09:53 AM #4
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Debbie -- I've also noticed that in some condominium complexes, the CC & R's(rules/regulations) state no exposed hardwood floors but laminate flooring is acceptable.   

Mar 31, 2012 10:32 AM #5
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Joe Petrowsky
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I have purchased many homes to flip, that have laminate floor. Many have installed incorrectly, probably by the do it yourselfer. When done correctly they are a great option.

Thank you for sharing the post with all of us.

Mar 31, 2012 06:14 PM #6
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Michael - That is odd...most places are consistent w/ hardwood and laminate.  That being said, if new hardwood or laminate is installed, you can use a cork underlayment to muffle sound.

Joe - You are so right...I've seen way too many do-it-yourself laminate jobs that are terrible.  And, yes, when they are done correctly, they are great.

Mar 31, 2012 07:50 PM #7
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Laminate offers good bang for the buck and many homebuyers can't tell the difference vs engineered. Thanks

Apr 01, 2012 12:32 AM #8
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Debbie Gartner
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David - Yes they are a very good value and their quality has really improved.

Apr 01, 2012 12:41 AM #9
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Debbie great list again. A floor that is kid and pet friendly and affordable is no wonder popular among home owners.

Apr 01, 2012 03:48 AM #10
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Eileen - Exactly.  There is so much going for laminate flooring.

Apr 01, 2012 04:20 AM #11
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