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Laminate flooring Review

Bottom Line


  • Cheaper facsimile of wood
  • Easy to install
  • Resistant to staining and fading


  • Can't be refinished
  • Doesn't help resale value of your home
  • Can be damaged by water
Our Analysis
Consumer Reports makes specific recommendations for brands of laminate flooring. The New York Times reports on the improvements made in laminates, including a more lifelike sound underfoot. We found good general advice on the websites of home-improvement columnists Tim Carter and James Dulley, and from Better Homes & Gardens. Lowes.com offers a helpful buying guide geared toward educating customers.

Our Sources

1. Consumer Reports
Editors of Consumer Reports, Aug. 2008

Consumer Reports gives general information on laminate flooring, as well as recommending actual brands. You must be a subscriber to view the ratings.

Jay Romano, Aug. 6, 2008

The New York Times notes that the latest laminate floorings offer improvements in appearance, ease of installation and even sound underfoot. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by The New York Times Co., but the two are independent editorially.)

Tim Carter,

Nationally syndicated newspaper columnist Tim Carter explains laminate flooring in response to readers' questions. Discussions on other types of flooring are also available.

4. Lowe's
Editors of Lowes.com,

This retailer website discusses the basics of laminate and other types of flooring. It is well-organized with lots of illustrations.

Editors of Better Homes and Gardens,

This guide describes the basic types of flooring including laminates. Information about selecting and caring for floors is included, along with data about flooring costs.

Editors of Which?, Mar. 20, 2008

Which? is a British publication that's similar to Consumer Reports. This report covers laminate flooring and compares it to engineered wood and real wood. Most reports at this site are only available to subscribers, but you can read this section for free.

7. Better Homes & Gardens
Editors of Better Homes and Gardens ,

This brief report offers suggestions for high-traffic areas in your home, offering pros and cons for many types of flooring, including laminate flooring.

Editors of SeeMyDesign.com,

This website directs readers to manufacturers, but it also has plenty of useful information about various flooring types, including laminate.

Editors of FlooringGuide.com,

This website has a useful database with information on just about every type of flooring. A number of articles about laminate flooring are included.

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