There is a range of ways to laminate your floor, and with prices ranging to suit most budgets it could be worthwhile considering the merits of laminate flooring over more traditional carpets or other types of flooring.Adding valueOne of the first questions to ask about laminate flooring is whether it will add value and convenience to your home.

As a modern style and with lower maintenance levels than carpet, many householders find there is a distinct appeal with laminate floors. They look smart and functional, and there is an immediate choice if you miss the soft warm feel of carpet as rugs and mats work exceptionally well laid out over laminate floor.The downside of laminate flooring is that it is not real wood. It's actually a photograph or image of wood glued to high-density backing board.

Choose the wrong type of laminate flooring and you could find that it looks a bit 'tacky', almost as if you're trying to make something look like wood when it blatantly isn't. Vinyl floors with a 'wood effect' finish can also suffer from the same problem.

Choosing cost over quality could be counter productive when you're trying to add value and appeal to your property, so always go for the best quality laminate or vinyl flooring you can afford.But if you're trying to add value and appeal to your home, laminate floors can be a more affordable home improvement than a real wood floor.