If you're planning a kitchen remodeling project, choosing the right flooring can make or break your kitchen design. When you discover how easy it can be to install laminate flooring and the low cost involved, you may want to think about doing a few more rooms in your home.

Floating Laminate Flooring: DIY Friendly and Easy on the Budget

Laminate flooring is sometimes called a floating floor as it is not attached to your sub-floor with adhesive or nails the way conventional hardwoods usually are – it's secured around the edges with trim at the room's baseboard. Installation is much the same as putting together a puzzle – the pieces just snap together. While solid hardwoods often require an experienced professional to put them down, just about any homeowner who can use a saw can install laminate flooring.

It looks very similar to conventional hardwood, but because it's constructed in layers using very little actual hardwood, the material is a much greener product. It's also easier to clean up when you have kitchen spills and the padding underneath makes it less stressful on ankles and legs when you're doing some cooking after a long day at work.

Laminate is offered in several styles such as:
• Rough cut
• Aged
• A wide range of woods
• Nail down or snap together

It can be installed over just about any type of sub-floor including concrete and you don't have to worry about the wear and tear that pets and children can subject it to as the material carried. Laminate can range in thickness from 7 mm to 12 mm thick, with the thicker being more durable and more expensive.

Laminate flooring is sold by the square foot with 19.5 square feet provided in each container and don't forget to order the cushioned padding that is available in rolls. Installing any sort of flooring involves a little bit of waste – ordering 10 percent over what you think is needed is recommended for laminate flooring.

Source by Gary Nealon

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