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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.
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