Lumber Liquidators built its brand on inexpensive hardwood flooring. It launched its own laminate line, Dream Home Laminate, to attract customers wanting the look of wood at a lower cost.
Dream Home laminate flooring cost is $.59 to $2.69 per square foot based on factors discussed below.
This Dream Home laminate flooring review is the most detailed you'll find. It covers cost for the various grades of laminate, special features and pros and cons.
The reviews make it easy to research the brands you're considering, browse their product lines and compare them head to head on cost, pros and cons.
Dream Home Laminate Overview
This summary table shows the cost and specs for the three Dream Home laminate categories: Dream Home, Dream Home XD and Dream Home X2O water-resistant laminate.
$.59 - $1.15
7mm or 8mm
10 or 30/None
$1.19 - $2.09
10 or 30/None
$1.49 - $2.09
Dream Home XD
$1.49 - $1.89
Dream Home XD
$1.59 - $2.29
Dream Home X2O
$1.79 - $1.99
Dream Home X2O
$1.99 - $2.29
Dream Home X2O
$1.99 - $2.69
Pricing notes: The laminate cost per square foot is for the planks. Installation extras such as underlayment, transition strips and moldings add 50 cents to $1.00 per square foot to your materials total.
Laminate installation price for the labor is $1.75-$2.50 per square foot.
Dream Home Laminate Reviews
Here are the laminate groupings, their features and warranty information.
Dream Home Laminate Flooring
This is the standard Dream Home line, and it is available in 7mm, 8mm, 10mm and 12mm designs.
Some have attached underlayment pad for a slightly higher cost – but having underlayment included cuts installation costs by eliminating the step of laying the underlayment.
Let's get specific:
7mm Dream Home is the cheapest laminate made by Lumber Liquidators. No pad is attached, and the colors are limited in number. The warranty is just 10 years. This flooring is a good "spruce up the house" laminate when you don't plan to live in the home for a long time.
8mm Dream Home is available in more colors, some with pad attached. Both domestic Oak in several shades plus exotic woods like African Rosewood and Brazilian Acacia are produced. Cost is less than $1 per square foot, and the warranty is just 10 years.
10mm Dream Home laminate quality is slightly better, but the flooring is still very affordable, starting under $1 per square foot. As the other widths, your options include flooring with and without attached underlayment/pad.
Wood species include a good mix of domestic (Oak, Laurel, Hickory, etc.) and exotic (Toba Acacia, Brazilian Cherry, etc.) species.
The cheaper 10mm laminate has a 10-year warranty. The better grade jumps to a 30-year warranty.
12mm Dream Home laminate flooring offers the best selection and prices still under $2 per square foot.
Domestic and exotic hardwoods are included. Most 12mm Dream Home does not include underlay, so you'll have an extra cost there depending on where you install the material.
Warranties are either 10 or 30 years.
Price by warranty is another way to understand the quality across the widths.
Best used: This is a big category. As noted, the cheaper laminate with a 10-year warranty is ideal for quick fixes. It's also popular in locations with part-time use such as a guest apartment, vacation home, RV or mancave.
The 30-year Dream Home is a better choice for long-term and heavy use when standard laminate at a lower cost is preferred to a more water-resistant laminate like the Dream Home X2O.
Both grades are made in enough styles and colors to fit your home regardless of its architectural style and decorating: Traditional, Old World, country, rustic, contemporary, modern, etc.
Dream Home XD Laminate Reviews
The Dream Home XD (Extra Density) is harder. It has a laminate hardness rating(AC rating) of 4 instead of the 3 rating of the standard Dream Home laminate.
This makes the flooring more durable. Warranties are better too.
10mm Dream Home XD is available in a small range of domestic species like Oak and Hickory. The flooring has traditional to rustic/country appearance.
The color range is light to medium-dark.
12mm Dream Home XD laminate flooring is a large collection.
Oak and Hickory in various shades from light to dark
All Dream Home XD flooring is backed by a 50-year residential warranty.
About half the styles have an underlayment pad attached, which reduces a step during installation – and cuts labor cost a bit too.
Best used: The quality of this laminate is midgrade to very good, and it comes at an affordable price. When you plan to stay put in your current home for a while, this is a good fit. It should look good for 12-20+ years depending on how much foot traffic it receives.
Most of the styles look like classic hardwood, but the flooring looks good in many contemporary homes too.
Dream Home X2O Laminate Reviews
This is Lumber Liquidator's premium laminate flooring line.
With improved water resistance, it competes with brands like Pergo WetProtect, Mohawk RevWood Plus and Shaw Repel.
The enhanced resistance to water is achieved with a harder, non-absorbent core.
The Dream Home X2O laminate is backed by a Lifetime warranty.
It's available in 3 thicknesses:
10mm Dream Home X2O flooring has a classic wood look in a small range of domestic species like Oak and Hickory.
12mm Dream Home X2O laminate is available in a handful of
14mm Dream Home X2O flooring is available in Oak and Maple colors from light to dark brown.
All the X2O laminate is backed by a Lifetime warranty. A few of the 14mm styles have pad attached.
Best used: This is an ideal laminate flooring for busy households with kids – where spills are always a possibility and they might not get cleaned up immediately. This is also good choice if you like to wet-mop your floors and don’t want to worry about water damage to it.
Special Features of Dream Home Laminate Flooring
Here are features that help you compare Dream Home laminate to the other top laminate flooring brands.
Certified Low-VOC: We're all concerned about the quality of the air in our homes, and especially so if anyone in the household has breathing issues like asthma, allergies and COPD. Indoor air pollution, in part caused by volatile organic compounds (VOCs), is a top-5 EPA concern too.
GreenGuard is part of Underwriters Limited (UL) and tests flooring and other home products. All Dream Home laminate flooring is certified either GreenGuard or GreenGuard Gold for low-VOC content.
Resistance to water absorption: The Dream Home X2O flooring resists moisture 2X – two times – longer than standard laminate. Lumber Liquidators says it achieves better resistance to water with a "low-swell core". This is a different approach than Pergo WetProtect and Mohawk RevWood Plus that coat the edges of each plank with sealer and use a patented locking technology to prevent water from seeping into the flooring.
Dream Home Pros, Cons and Ratings
How does Dream Home laminate compare to leading brands? That's what this section explores.
Dream Home offers good value – a combination of good quality and of cost that is below average. It gives you a better selection than other brands sold by only one store. In this regard, it is comparable to TrafficMaster, but with higher quality and cost.
Warranties are good too, including some lifetime residential warranties.
Dream Home laminate is certified to be low-VOC flooring.
While the selection is good for a limited brand, it doesn't compare with Armstrong, Mohawk and Pergo in number of styles and colors. The standard line is very cheap laminate.
Here are our ratings.
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Q: Can I install Dream Home laminate flooring on my walls?
A: It depends on which collection you choose. There are options in their regular collections, but your options are limited with XD, and it is not possible using Dream Home X2.
Q: Should I acclimate Dream Home laminate before installing it?
A: Yes, you need to store it flat and keep it in its original packaging at room temperature for a minimum of 48 hours.
Q: Does Dream Home make waterproof laminate flooring that is safe to use in bathrooms and kitchens?
A: Yes. Your best option for areas in your home that experience moisture is Dream Home X2O.
Q: Can I use an extra layer of underlayment with Dream Home flooring?
A: Some of the company’s products are sold with pre-attached backing, so you will need to check with the manufacturer before considering additional padding.
Q: Is Dream Home’s laminate flooring certified and safe to use indoors?
A: Yes. The type of certification depends on the collection, but all of the laminate currently in their catalog meets California’s CARB standards and is GreenGuard or FloorScore certified.
Q: Can I use a steam mop on Dream Home X2O flooring?
A: No. The company only recommends using cleaners that are safe for a water-based urethane finish.
Q: Are radiant heating systems compatible with Dream Home laminate?
A: Yes, but you will need to ensure that the system’s specifications and installation will work with the laminate line of your choosing.
Q: Where is Dream Home laminate made?
A: Most, if not all, of the collections and series currently in production, are manufactured in Austria.
Q: Can I install Dream Home laminate under cabinets?
A: No, that is not advised. Floating flooring systems installed beneath cabinets can cause issues and keep the floor from contracting and expanding naturally.