Laminate flooring is an engineered wood that mimics the look of wood but is less expensive and more durable than wood floors. Laminate wood floats on an underlayment and does not require nails or glue, making repairs as simple as replacing a damaged plank. Save money on the purchase and installation of laminate flooring.
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Look Outside the Box
You can find laminate flooring is available at more than big box stores. Look at places like Costco for savings on the price. Purchase the laminate flooring with a Costco Executive Membership and receive 2% back up to £325 annually. (See Ref 1&2)
Do It Yourself
Avoid installation charges, which can add up to half the final cost. Do the research to become comfortable with the process. Ask a friend or neighbour to assist in the installation process and pocket the savings.
Remnants and Overstocks
Contact several retailers to ask about laminate flooring remnants. Remnants are traditionally the leftover carpet or vinyl flooring considered too small for most spaces. Many stores will sell discontinued colours, sizes or styles as remnants at a discounted price; also look for bargains on overstocked flooring.
Save big by skipping the middleman. Online retailers don't pay the costs of a physical building location, and they pass those savings on to customers. Compare the prices of online retailers with those of traditional big-box stores; the savings can range from 50 to 70 per cent.
Think Long Term
Consider the room in which you plan to install the laminate, and calculate the traffic in that room. Unless you are putting the house on the market, purchase extra planks for any repairs needed down the road --- especially important when purchasing remnants or discontinued laminates, since they may prove difficult to find later. You may not notice the savings now, but when the time comes to replace a few planks, you'll pay much less than you would to replace the entire floor.
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