This produces a more elegant and expensive look. Why Dream Home is the Best Value Laminate. Poor-quality laminate starts at less than $1 per square foot – but Armstrong isn’t super cheap. Water-resistant X20 Dream Home laminate competes pretty well with Shaw Repel, Mohawk RevWood Plus and Pergo WetProtect, though it’s not as good as AquaGuard waterproof laminate. Many of their flooring is backed by a lifetime warranty. It’s actually a pretty decent laminate floor manufacturer that holds its own for a few reasons. Mohawk: 4.5 out of 5. Matte, Satin and Semi-gloss finishes give you the right amount of sheen for your needs. You see, after the first year of ownership, that warranty becomes prorated. Then choose a matte or satin finish. Value: Most of the styles cost between $1.49 and $1.99 per square foot, even some backed by a lifetime warranty and that also have a water-resistant warranty. It's inexpensive, durable and prefinished, but best of all, an intermediate DIYer can install it with just a few tools. A: It all depends on the installation method. That’s right, AquaGuard goes above and beyond by offering 15 years of coverage for commercial use. It’s simple: Good laminate for about a buck. Just as with the last two, Shaw has a lot of respectable qualities that put them ahead of their competition. Their laminate protects flooring for an impressive 30 hours! It’s not waterproof like vinyl sheet flooring is, but it resists being damaged by water for about a day. It is manufactured for and sold by Lumber Liquidators. This prevents moisture from getting in between the planks, regardless of how many planks a board has. Audacity sports the latest designs, down to realistic embossed features that make their floors stand out among the competition. Armstrong (Timeless Natural): 2.50 out of 5. It will be OK. Large and Varied Selection: Mohawk has nearly 150 laminate options in smooth and textured varieties. All others are 15-year warranties. Like traditional wood, laminate flooring is available in a variety of colors to complement virtually all design styles. Any time laminate flooring carries an AC4 rating, you know you’re getting a product you can depend on. The businesses Buffet buys are known for quality and profitability. But once you read the fine print, it all falls apart at the seams. Although you certainly wouldn’t want to put this laminate flooring in a business, it works just fine for home use. This is Sam’s Club laminate, and we think it is superior to Harmonics sold at Costco and TrafficMaster sold at The Home Depot. We really appreciate the fact that Select Surfaces backs their laminate flooring with solid warranties. Had it not been for their acquisition, who knows where they’d be. What is the best laminate flooring? There are a couple that come with 25-year warranties, but that’s it; just two. This really isn’t a reason not to go with it, however. If the AC4 rating didn’t do it for you, the included warranties likely will. That’s great and all, but on top of that, you also get many that have water-resistant warranties. They should not cause problems for household members with allergies or breathing issues including close-to-the-floor pets. Factor in their large selection of styles and variety of collections, and you’re looking at a winner. We call that good value – a pretty good laminate floor for a low cost. There are also two brands we recommend you avoid, and those details are discussed below. Q: Do any of the top laminate brands make a completely waterproof product? It’s also safe for young children and pets to crawl on, since they are closer to the ground. Porcelain tile and luxury vinyl flooring with a plastic core are your best flooring options where water is a concern. In addition to resisting water damage, Shaw Repel is available in a huge range of options. The high-quality top layer makes laminate flooring especially resistant to the elements. Both brands get a tip of the proverbial hat for ensuring their laminate flooring meets these strict guidelines for public safety. Laminate flooring is a composite made to resemble more expensive hardwood floors. What does this do? If you want natural woods, you should go with Pergo. This is important in keeping breathable air quality pristine in indoor environments. This Lumber Liquidators-exclusive laminate flooring is designed solely for residential use. Good Selection: How does 100 options sound? Thanks to low VOCs, Dream Home’s laminate flooring is safe for indoor use. Not only are Audacity water-resistant laminates built tough and made to last, they are also backed by excellent warranties. Armstrong’s lower-end laminate, known as Timeless Naturals, comes with a 20-year warranty. For residential use, you’re looking at 25 years. This is one of the best waterproof laminate floors available. And this is what makes Armstrong such a great buy. Here’s a tidbit that tells you something about Shaw. For commercial use, you’re looking at 10 years. If you want midgrade or premium laminate, Armstrong has options for you there too. Let’s get started. Whether you need multi-surface, vinyl, hardwood, or laminate, Armstrong has a cleaning solution to fit your needs. You might have a tough time getting a claim honored. Between the two, you will find plenty of finishes that include semi-gloss, matte, and satin. But it’s also very poorly made. You certainly won’t get that from Timeless Naturals. Which ones should be avoided? Timeless Naturals: This is the cheap laminate from Armstrong. And you can choose from a commendable selection of styles to match your needs. Pergo’s water-resistant laminate is called WetProtect, as where Mohawk’s is RevWood Plus. Armstrong Cost Options: This is the second area where Armstrong has outstanding selection. The manufacturer is so confident in AquaGuard’s ability to keep out moisture that it offers a Pet Friendly warranty: “AquaGuard warrants that this laminate flooring will resist permanent staining caused by pet urine (domestic cat or dog) when thoroughly cleaned.” However, that warranty is pretty narrowly defined. Also impressive. Well, not so fast. You won’t have to worry about your air quality, as there are no toxins emitted from the materials used. Long Boards and Mixed Width Planks: The titles speak for themselves. Copyright © 2020 All Rights Reserved. Had it not been for their expertise, laminate flooring might not be as finely-crafted as it is today. A: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so this can come down to personal preference. Would you like to learn more about these brands? Rating: We gave Shaw a 4 out of 5 overall rating. We like that many of their selections come with padding already equipped and ready to install. This is especially noticeable when you compare it to other brands they carry, like Pergo. As a bonus, these AC4 rated laminate styles come with a 5-year commercial warranty to go with the 30-year residential warranty. But AquaGuard has the best technology, and it is backed with a 30-hour warranty, not the 24-hour warranty the others provide. But hey, that’s better than Home Depot’s 15-year warranty they offer with TrafficMaster, right? Let’s get this out of the way: you’re not going to find anywhere near the quantity of options that premium brands offer. Mohawk borrowed Pergo’s fantastic design, and its used on both brands now. It’s really good quality, of course. It’s one of the shortest residential warranties on any laminate flooring. These include the whole spectrum of colors from washed-out and nearly white to rich browns with gray and black highlights. If you recall, Shaw’s Repel flooring resists water for 24 hours. Q: Do all of Armstrong’s laminate flooring products have poor warranties?