There comes a point in our lives when we look into ourselves, and sometimes what we see there frightens us. All of us have had dealings with people and things that cause us to distrust and prejudge an entire race, religion or whatever. We all know the folly of this behavior, while still maintaining the lie that we have no problem. Well, I’m coming clean today about a lifetime of prejudice that has cursed me: I was a Laminate Flooring Bigot.
Yes me—an owner/partner of the hippest flooring store in Erie, PA. I’ve carried these feelings deep within me for the better part of my life. Since I was a boy, no laminate flooring was good enough for me. No matter how durable or authentic it looked, it always seemed to come up short. I don’t know that if was the peaking or swelling—or that it just didn’t look real enough to suite my perfectionist ideals of what flooring should be. Even if it was in great condition, my mind’s eye always told me otherwise. Upon self-examination, I’ve found that this prejudice about Laminate Flooring has even colored my consultative services with my clients. Well no more, I’m done!
As with all large groups, there are always the offending misfits–that small slice of the pie that encourages us to broad-brush the whole. For my own Laminate Floor issues, it was the cheap stuff that got me. It was the friend that confided, “Hey, I just got this laminate at Home Depot for $19 a box!” Or the neighbor that “just picked up some from a discount store.” When I looked at the finished project, I couldn’t help notice the chipped corners, peaking seams and fake-jake textures. But the older/wiser me now knows that these examples are the ‘bad-eggs’, not a representation of what heights that good laminate flooring can soar to.
In the past, laminate flooring has stood out to me like a soar thumb. But since reputable brands like Quick Step, Mannington and Formica have devoted their engineering staff to alleviating these bad-egg problems I’m no longer the laminate dark-cloud I once was. Realistic patterns and textures, thicker wear layers, anti-scuff coatings, high-density cores and (most importantly) phenomenal connecting systems have successfully dispelled my negative floorism. With all of this technology and innovation, here is a proud sampling of the benefits of Good Laminate Flooring:
- Exceptional durability
- Easy to clean
- Ultra stain-resistance
- UV & fade resist
- Fingerprint & smudge resistant
- Can be installed on any floor of the home
- Play’s well with different sub-floor types
- Superior impact & dent resistance
- Authentic wood, tile and stone patterns
- Easy to repair if damaged
- Cost effective with exceptional value
Today’s Laminate is well-suited for people that yearn for the feel of real hardwood, tile or stone, but don’t want the maintenance costs that are associated these with natural products. Designed with a durable wear layer, it is much stronger than most solid hardwood, vinyl, and carpet. It repels dents and scratches that adversely affect these softer surfaces. It can provide formal, traditional, country or contemporary styles that will match any room décor. Best of all, it continues to look new even after years of normal household abuse. In a busy home with children and pets, laminate flooring is a great choice for your active lifestyle.
So with the Holidays rapidly upon us, my partners and I genuinely thank our many customers that purchased Laminate flooring in preparation to entertain and impress their guests. Furthermore, I must pause and reflect on my own values as I approach the New Year. I look to the future with renewed vigor and resolve to put away my childish flooring bigotry and humbly proclaim:
LAMINATE IS GREAT!
BMB Flooring Emporium