Laminate flooring - gloss finish?


I’m having our old carpet replaced with laminate flooring but can’t decide whether to go for the gloss or the normal finish. Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks in advance! icon

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  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Aug 20, 2021

    This link gives you the pros and cons of each gloss and matte finishes:

  • Personally, I prefer the matt finish. It's more 'forgiving'.

  • Dee Dee on Aug 20, 2021

    I have the handscraped natural finish laminate. It shows no scratches, it is very easy to keep clean. A friend has the gloss finish and she hates it because it streaks everytime she mops. I do use either Bona or white vinegar and water after vacuuming the floor.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Aug 20, 2021

    I agree with the above commentary that gloss might be a harder choice to maintain. I would carefully think about that and make an informed choice.

  • William William on Aug 20, 2021

    I also agree. Gloss would be harder to maintain. Dirt, streaks, marks, would show easily. Daylight and lighting may cause some glare. Just wouldn't look natural

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Aug 21, 2021

    our laminate floors are the hand scraped wood look and they are not glossy and easy to clean and look great even after 7 yrs. I mop with Bona for laminate floors and it does a great job or use Once and Done for laminate flooring

  • Mogie Mogie on Aug 21, 2021

    The main benefit of a high gloss surface is that they reflect the maximum level of light, ensuring a bright, even and inviting finish. Fingerprints and smudge marks (although can be seen more easily) are easy to remove without having to use chemicals. Another benefit of high gloss, is that it is a feature in itself, providing a luxurious feel to a room, which is easily complemented with minimalistic decor.

    Can’t decide whether you prefer a Gloss or Matte finish? Why not opt for semi-gloss? This satin like finish ensures you get the best of both worlds. It’s not too shiny or dull, therefore the chance of visible scratches is decreased. Another benefit is that it’s not too reflective or dull, meaning you get an edge of luxury, without being over the top.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Aug 21, 2021

    High gloss will show scratches easily. So consider if you have animals or kids or will be moving furniture.

  • Betsy Betsy on Aug 24, 2021

    Hi Shiela: My opinion, for what it's worth, is that shiny shows every piece of dirt, clutter, dust, etc. The normal finish would be easier to maintain.

    Good luck

  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on Aug 24, 2021

    I would prefer the matte finish