About a month ago, my sister and her husband, who live right around the corner from us (remember this post?), decided it was time to replace their carpet and 80s white floor tile. Here’s what the house looked like when they bought it last year:
Their home has a pretty open layout, so we set out to pick a laminate flooring option that not only looked beautiful in their living spaces but that could go in the kitchen and bathrooms too. They needed about 2000 sq ft of flooring for these main areas, so we also wanted something affordable. After this post on my favorite wood flooring picks from Floor & Decor, Ali and TJ started researching Aquaguard as a serious option. They really loved the price (only $2.99/sq ft!) and the color (they chose the Calico stain – a grayed brown midtone), but they were especially excited by the idea of their laminate being water resistant!
After ordering a sample plank and testing it every which way by gauging it with nails, scratching it with a knife and then letting water sit on the plank for days at a time, we were all VERY impressed with how the Aquaguard held up to the abuse! The material itself feels so solid and well-made, but the color and pattern also are very forgiving!
We picked up the laminate and let it sit (still boxed up) inside the house for a few days to acclimate while working on prepping the floors. All the tile demo and carpet removal actually took more time than the flooring install! Ali also patched the concrete cracks and divots with FeatherFinish and removed all the baseboards, which were later primed and painted bright white! The paint change alone made an ENORMOUS difference in the look and feel of the house!
Ali and TJ also decided to invest in a really great, eco-friendly underlayment. Floor & Decor has this cool sample stand in their stores where you can tap a golf ball on the same flooring with different underlayments and its insane how much of a difference there is between the different underlayments and their sound-masking levels! There is absolutely no tapping or swooshing sound when you walk on these new floors!
Another great thing about this particular underlayment is it comes in smaller rolls, which is incredibly DIY-friendly! Those huge, bulky rolls can be hard to manage but this one’s really easy to use – you just roll in out, lay a few rows of your laminate on top and then connect another layer of underlayment with the clear sticker adhesive strip. It couldn’t be simpler and I love that you don’t have to deal with any crazy glue!
The Aquaguard laminate itself is also incredibly simple to install. You just come in with the plank at an angle, line up the grooves until they sort of settle and click and then you lay the plank down and tap it into place with a rubber mallet. AND THAT’S IT!!
The only part maybe that is time-consuming is doing all the end cuts, but that’s going to come with every type of flooring install. And also like with other wood plank flooring, you’re going to want to stagger the planks so the seams are random. If you’re not careful about this, a pattern will start to emerge in the seams and you likely won’t be happy with the look.
Here’s the finished look in Ali’s family room and breakfast nook! Doesn’t it look so light and pretty in here? Between the Aquaguard laminate and the bright white trim and fireplace, it feels like a brand new house!!
I also love how the “Calico” color of the floors mixes with other wood tones in the room, like their piano, the wood paneling on the ceiling, the floating credenza waterfall and even the legs of the ottoman we upholstered with a serape. It’s an amazing stain color that goes with everything!
We are so THRILLED with the Aquaguard laminate! It felt like a big undertaking to replace all the floors, but it wasn’t all that difficult for Ali and TJ to execute – and the pay off was huge. They are most excited about how the laminate is water-resistant. It’s holding up so well in their kitchen (which we’re tackling together soon!). :)
Floor & Decor is a well-loved partner of LGN! All opinions are my own.