When we first bought our house I was disgusted by the carpets in the living room – I also just didn’t want carpets in the majority of my house. The hubs and I knew we wanted the appearance of hardwood. I don’t think I have to explain why – it’s classic and never goes out of style. Obviously the real thing was our first choice, but right now it’s just not in our wheel house. After coming to that conclusion we had 2 features that were most important to us – does it look fake and how durable is it?
After LOTS of research and looking at all sorts of floor – engineered hardwoods, laminate, ceramic tile, etc. We settled on Allen and Roth 12mm laminate in Toasted chestnut from Lowes (it’s not listed on their website to purchase – but 2 weeks ago it was so maybe I just can’t find it). The finished product is amazing and completely changes the look of the house! There are tons of blogs out there about how to install so I didn’t want to share the process. This isn’t our first rodeo with laminate flooring so instead I’m just going to share of few photos of our process and some tips we’ve figured out over the years.
First, and this is probably most important, buy a house with square rooms. Of course I’m kidding, but just know that if you plan on installing new floors in a room with lots of angles or features like a fireplace or strange corners the job gets much harder. We have a small hallway with some strange angles and doorjambs, and it took us about as long to floor as the entire master bedroom which is almost perfectly square.
Secondly, you need to have the right tools. Hardware stores sell kits for installing flooring and you’ll need one of them. You’ll also need a table saw for cutting boards lengthwise against the side of your room, and a jigsaw for cutting unique shapes to go around corners or doorjambs
Finally, I highly suggest buying the little sample pieces they sell at the store. Take it home, set it out, and think over your decision. We thought we’d picked out the perfect design, but after a week or so of it sitting on our kitchen counter the hubs started to think it wasn’t the right one. On the display at the store it looked cool, but once I gave in and we looked again we decided the pattern looked like the flooring version of an over-the-hill actor with six pack abs painted on himself with spray tan… fake. The floors we ended up with are perfect and we couldn’t be happier!
Have you ever installed laminate floors before?