Discount Laminate Flooring - Saving Money on Flooring
The pitfalls of discount laminate floors
Discount laminate flooring is always welcomed by homeowners who are looking at sticking to a budget or saving money. Just because it is discounted does not mean that the quality or number of choices available have to drop drastically. This is unfortunately a popular misconception.
People need to realize that there is a secondary market for laminate flooring offering lower prices on discontinued designs and collections. A second option open to consumers is to search for "leftovers." Many large retailers and producers hardly ever use all their stock and often have too little left to do anything with, but enough that could be put to good use by someone else. It is not uncommon to save as much as 50% if you do your research.
Other factors that could help you save a few dollars are shopping around and estimating right. There are so many companies who are in this industry that competition is intense and often the only differentiating factor between them is the price. Look hard enough and you will find a company that is trying to establish itself - and usually the only way for it to do this is to offer lower prices in the hope of capturing some of the market. The second factor involves estimating the correct number of tiles you will need to complete the job. Order too much and you will end up with leftovers which translate to money that has been spent unnecessarily. However, if you order too little you risk not being able to obtain the same design and could possibly end up having to pay more to track the original material down
Discount Laminate Flooring: The Pitfalls
It is possible to become so obsessed with finding that low price that all other factors of importance seem to become only a distant memory. Here are just a few factors that you might want to consider when searching for that ultimate bargain, factors that could help you avoid future frustration:
Firstly a large number of consumers feel more comfortable with a product when they have some sort of physical interaction with the product i.e. being in the store selling the product or interacting with staff manning the store. If you are pursing a discounted laminate floor online we suggest phoning the store and enquiring how they deal with clients one on one.
Give the floor a good once over, making sure to inspect the edges of the laminate panels or squares. If the product is inferior the panels will be brittle along the edges.
Leave no stone unturned and check the back! It is not uncommon to find some laminate tiles that actually have been manufactured with a paper backing. A paper backing leaves the panel / square open to water damage.
It is worth checking to see if the original warranties still legitimate. In the event the original warranty does apply you should enquire if that specific store allows purchases to be returned.
Inspect the product's thickness. The rule of thumb is that the thinner the panel / square the cheaper and less resilient the product.