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Why You Should Avoid the Lowest Priced Laminate Flooring

While laminate is one of the least expensive flooring options you have, there is a wide range of price points to choose from within this one area. As with any major home expense, it’s best to stick with the old adage, “You get what you pay for.” This doesn’t mean you have to break the bank, but don’t fall for the lowest prices either. Price is more than an indicator of style or innovation; it’s often an indicator of how a product is made, which can have serious implications for something that will be installed in your home. Many retailers sell their own brand of laminate flooring or some other “off brand” laminate for less than half the price of well-known, established brands. These “generic” or store brand floors are often imported from foreign factories with lower quality control or safety standards and less regulated manufacturing processes, which means they can use cheaper or highly toxic materials in their planks. These materials can lead to dangerous levels of indoor air pollution once the flooring is installed in your home. To avoid all this, you’ll want to choose a trusted laminate flooring brand that combines high quality manufacturing with reasonable—but not rock bottom—prices. Formica Flooring® averages around $3.29 per square foot, which is the perfect place to start. This price point will ensure you get the durability you need as well as the fashionable designs, colors, and finishes you want. Plus, Formica Flooring manufactures nearly its entire product line in the U.S. (the rest is made in Europe) and is GREENGUARD Certified for low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). If you really want to save money on laminate flooring, think beyond the purchase price. If you’re an experienced handyman, you might be able to save money by installing laminate flooring yourself. There is no gluing or nailing required, making it quicker and easier to install than hardwoods. Don’t let the temptation to save a few bucks lead you to disappointment or something even worse. When you’re shopping for laminate flooring, choose a brand name that has a history of quality and value, like Formica Flooring, and you’ll make a smart investment that pays off for years to come.

Formica® Flooring Introduces Eco-Friendly Exotic Wood Looks

Get an exotic wood look without hurting the planet or your pocketbook thanks to laminate flooring. The trend toward more exotic wood flooring started over a decade ago and shows no signs of waning. According to the World Floor Covering Association, exotic woods “win the heart” by showcasing the artistic beauty found in nature. The bold striping, depth of color, and rich beauty of these woods leave us marveling at how majestic trees can offer such elegance in both form and function. With looks to appeal to every taste and interior décor, there would seem to be no downside to using exotic wood flooring. However, what makes these trees so “exotic” in the first place is that many are endangered species at risk of being overharvested from some of our planet’s most ecologically diverse and sensitive areas. What’s an environmentally conscious homeowner to do? Choose one of several rainforest-friendly alternatives from Formica Flooring’s new Tradewinds laminate floor collection. While these decors look like real exotic Blackwood, South American Mahogany, Peruvian Walnut, and Caribbean Jatoba, they’re actually laminate wood flooring made in South Carolina. Formica Flooring uses a highly efficient manufacturing process that minimizes the impact on the environment and brings you the look of exotic hardwood floors without harming any real exotic or endangered wood species. The narrow planks of the Tradewinds collection feature a single-strip pattern with a soft-brushed surface texture and beveled edges, creating the perfect combination of exotic looks and classic style. A 30-year warranty ensures that these laminate floors will stand up to the wear and tear of everyday life and still look beautiful for years to come. You can also look forward to all the perks of owning a Formica Flooring laminate floor, including glueless installation, easy care and maintenance, and GREENGUARD Certified low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). By providing high quality, American-made products at an affordable price, Formica Flooring makes it easy to indulge your taste for the exotic.

Our New Recycling Initiative

Barnwell, South Carolina, March 18, 2013 – Formica® Flooring has begun participating in a recycling and waste reduction program that will have a tremendous impact on landfills.  Working with Pratt Recycling, a subsidiary of Pratt Industries, Formica Flooring’s production plant will separate all waste streams, including paper, clear plastic, green strapping, corrugate, bottles, cans, metal and general waste.  The paper and corrugated products collected will be used as raw materials for one of Pratt’s paper mills — and returned in the form of sustainable, 100% recycled content packaging.  Non-paper recyclables are transported to end users, while non-recyclables are used as fuel for Pratt’s clean energy plant which powers the paper-making process. By using 100% recycled cartons from Pratt Industries in 2012, Formica Flooring and its parent company saved 36,528 trees, 9.7 million gallons of water, nearly 5,000 cubic yards of landfill diversion, 2.2 million tons of greenhouse gases avoided and nearly 7 million kWhrs of electricity saved.  

Quality Laminate Flooring, Trusted Name

With so many laminate flooring choices, it’s hard to know which brands you can trust and which ones will fall short of your expectations. With little help from many retail sales people and some suspiciously cheap imports, the battle between your head, heart, and wallet has become more difficult than ever. When you’re searching for a superior product that offers everything you’re looking for, you can always depend on Formica Flooring. After more than 100 years, Formica® is one of the oldest and most trusted laminate surface brands in the world. You can be certain that they won’t put their name on anything, including laminate flooring, if it does not meet the standards of quality people have come to expect from this brand. So what does the Formica Flooring brand really mean to homeowners, like you? In a word, it means quality. Formica Flooring brand laminate floors are a higher quality product for several reasons. First, almost all of their flooring collections are made in the U.S.A. by highly skilled engineers and designers using only the highest quality materials. Very few brands can say that. No wonder they come with 20-year, 30-year, and even lifetime warranties.     And unlike those cheap imports, Formica Flooring is certified by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute. This certification means that Formica Flooring meets the world’s most rigorous and comprehensive standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). This achievement is due in large part to the fact that Formica Flooring uses substantially less toxic materials and employs “greener” production and manufacturing processes. All of this results in laminate flooring that is safer and healthier for your family, your home, and your planet. While you can always find lower priced imported laminate flooring, Formica Flooring offers exceptional quality and style at a reasonable mid-tier price. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for; so why risk disappointment with a deal that’s too good to be true? When you invest a little in Formica Flooring, you get a laminate floor that looks beautiful for years with very little effort on your part. It’s one investment that truly pays off. When weighing your options of laminate flooring, remember that a trusted brand name impacts a lot more than just price per square foot. Quality, style, safety, and satisfaction are guaranteed when you choose a name like Formica.

Get Trendy with Reclaimed Wood

The glow of a pristine floor made of newly felled wood might be ideal for some. But there are those among us who dream of a floor with an edgier, more unique aesthetic. Something less “perfect.” Enter the reclaimed wood craze. Re-purposing planks from old barns, pallets,