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Maine homeowners may want to install laminate flooring


Maine homeowners may want to install laminate flooring Maine is instituting a new mandatory statewide energy code for new homes and substantial renovations, which will take effect in December, according to the Kennebec Journal. The new rules will affect more than 2,000 residents.

The code will set standards of R-20 insulation in walls, R-49 in attics and R-30 in floors, the news source reports. But some builders are concerned that this will negatively affect consumers, as the cost of building one's home will increase, they may have less money left over for aesthetic features.

"My [customers] would give up energy savings for a hardwood floor or tile floor any day of the week," Bill Risbara, a housing contractor based in Scarborough, Maine, told the news provider.

But Maine homeowners who are facing increased building costs can still fill their houses with style by opting for cost-efficient flooring. Laminate flooring can replicate the look of hardwood, stone and tile, yet be installed at a lower price.

According to the North American Laminate Flooring Association, laminate has become a medium unto itself and, when factoring in durability and longevity, is a great floor covering for those who want stylish flooring on a budget.ADNFCR-2999-ID-19845047-ADNFCR