How to save money on new laminate flooring
Laminate flooring is a fantastic addition to any home.
It’s stylish, modern, practical, designed to last; and crucially, it doesn’t cost a fortune.
As a much cheaper alternative to solid hardwood and engineered wood, laminate can save you a big chunk of money from the outset. And just by being a little savvy, it’s possible to install a new high-quality – and impressive-looking – floor, without breaking the bank in the process. For anyone looking to install laminate on a budget, here we’ve rounded up our favourite money-saving hacks.
3 tips to minimise the cost of laminate flooring
1. Do your research
First things first, it’s important to shop around for the best deal. Laminate is sold by millions upon millions of retailers – big and small. And nine times out of ten, it pays to do a comparison.
Try not to overlook smaller online companies, in favour of the well-known high street suppliers. They often have exactly the same products, by the same brands, but for a much cheaper price.
And don’t simply select a product because it’s the cheapest one available. The key is to look for value for money. Check the specification. Is it good quality? If so, it may have a larger price tag. But it’s likely to last for longer and won’t need replacing as quickly – therefore saving you money in the long run.
The same goes for laminate flooring underlay. There’s no need to go for the most expensive. But investing in a high-quality product – such as Royale 3mm Acoustic Silver Underlay or Royale 7mm Professional Sonic Gold – will both enhance the look of your laminate and extend its lifespan.
2. Measure the room carefully
To keep the cost of your purchase to a minimum, work out exactly how much laminate you need.
A step-by-step guide on how to measure a room properly can be found in our previous blog. So, be sure to give this a read before you start, and triple check the dimensions before placing an order.
It’s recommended that you add 10% extra to the total, to account for any errors during installation. But whilst some waste is unavoidable, it can be significantly reduced with careful planning and accurate measurements. What’s more, waste can be further reduced by starting each new row with the board cut off for the last row and using small pieces for areas that will be covered with furniture.
On the other hand, not buying enough can also be problematic. Placing a second order for a smaller quantity of laminate may cost you more. At the very least, you’ll have to pay for delivery twice. And your floor fitter may charge double if they have to come back at a later date to finish the job.
3. Lay the laminate yourself
For any home renovation project, one of the most obvious ways to save money is to do it yourself.
Even for a DIY amateur, laminate flooring and laminate underlay are both quick and easy to fit. Just do a little preparation before you start, make sure you understand the process and take your time. Rather than buying new tools, perhaps you could borrow them from a friend or neighbour. And before you know it, you’ll be all done and dusted – and won’t be left with a hefty installation bill.
If you’re fitting laminate for the first time, it’s worth taking a look at our guide on ‘How to lay wooden flooring’. Although this was created with hardwood in mind, the steps are exactly the same for laminate flooring and it will help to guide you through the process. Detailed advice on how to lay laminate flooring underlay can also be found here, with lots of tips to ensure your success.
Contact our ‘laminate flooring’ experts
Here at Carpet Underlay Shop, we sell both. Our prices are incredibly competitive, yet our products are of the highest quality, therefore offering excellent value for money. And whatever your budget, we can supply the ideal product – and help you to achieve the flooring you want, for the right price.
- Carl Smith