A decade and a half. That’s the average amount of flooring experience of each of our sales people.
And the amount of industry knowledge each one brings to their relationship with you.
It’s also the amount of understanding each one has about the trends and tendencies of flooring, the fashions and forecasts.
So Baker Bros. continues to be the place “Where Fashion Meets Flooring”.
You can count on the fact that you won’t find more laminate knowledge, more design tips or more installation know-how than withour people. Baker Bros. offers you…
More experience per square foot.
Experience that includes advising thousands of laminate buying customers and installing hundreds of thousands of square feet of beautiful, livable laminate flooring.
In this section we’ve laid down what we know and what you should consider before making a laminate buying decision.
Because knowledge about laminate specifics and characteristics, about its traits and subtle differences, can be invaluable.
When considering laminates, you will notice that there is not much price variation in styles.
It’s a fact. Choosing the best laminate is really about knowing the right combination of characteristics, aesthetics, performance and budget that best meet the needs of your lifestyle.
You want to shop smart. That way your final decision not only creates a warm, inviting environment in your living spaces but also delivers what laminate floors are noted for: beauty, durability an value.
Our goal here is to help you get smart before your laminate floor is laid down -- and long before you lay down your money.
So we invite you to read on, check out these notes and considerations and get the upper hand on the flooring that may soon be underfoot.
Laminate flooring is a remarkably durable surface, stain resistant, and does not need to be varnished or waxed so it’s very easy to maintain.
These are floors for busy households, especially homes with children and high traffic.
Today’s laminate styles consist of authentic wood visuals, rich ceramic looks or natural stone designs with different surface textures to beautifully accommodate any room in your home.
When considering laminates, please note that, much like other things in life, you get what you pay for.
High quality laminate flooring will give you far better visuals and performance than “low-price” laminate flooring.
Unique textures, exotic varieties and species, and high pressure manufacturing, are all factors in the cost of laminate flooring.
Also, please review the options and warranties carefully when selecting laminate flooring.
Laminate floors are installed using a “floating floor system” in which a padded underlayment sits between the subfloor and the laminate planks or tiles.
The planks or tiles sit directly on the underlayment and are not anchored to the sublfoor on the bottom but rather are connected together in order to form a “one-piece” floating floor.
When walked upon this type of installation can produce a hollow sound, which can be reduced by using a quality underlayment. In addition, laminate flooring will have a slight give underfoot, making it a more comfortable option than other hard surface products such as ceramic tile or natural stone.
Slight ridging or peaking where planks or tiles are joined together may also occur. This is considered normal and nothing for you to be concerned about.
Some laminate floors lock together without the use of adhesive on the sides of the planks or tiles. These are glueless installations.
Glueless laminate floors have planks or tiles that simply interlock together. These floors make for easy repair if that is ever necessary for you down the road
For important things you should consider about laminate colors, moldings and transitional pieces, please see the Laminate Types section.
The material “cost per square foot” of your laminate floor is just one component of the entire project cost. To ensure there are no surprises, and the laminate you select fits within your overall project budget, be sure to ask us to calculate the total cost of your floor covering project. Here’s a list of potential additional expenses you may incur: