Understanding laminate flooring is a snap, especially with our know-how. We have years and years of experience with laminate flooring. We are familiar with all of its characteristics and capabilities. We want to build your understanding of laminate flooring; increase your information about it and decrease any concerns you may have about it. We want you to be informed.
If laminate flooring is something you've considered, you’ve come to the right place and the right people, and you’re certainly in good company. Laminate flooring can be the best choice for many homeowners. There are many good reasons why laminate flooring is a popular choice in today’s homes. If it’s going to be a possibility for your home, then you need to first understand what laminate is.
Laminate is a manufactured product that simulates the look of hardwood, ceramic tile, natural stone and many other types of flooring.
In the past, laminate floors have been easy to spot, but today’s technology allows manufacturers to create realistic visuals and textures for an elegant and quality floor. We think you’ll be amazed – maybe surprised -- at how beautifully laminate flooring resembles other traditional flooring.
Laminate flooring is well suited to those shoppers who want the look and feel of real hardwood or stone but without the cost or maintenance that can be associated with natural products. It’s a fact: laminate flooring costs significantly less than hardwood floors or natural stone tile. Laminate seems to be popular among buyers who are looking for a beautiful, durable, yet cost-effective flooring solution for their home. Laminate flooring functions well in any space with their many different styles and colors.
You can choose from natural colors and dark wood grains as well as warm or cool color tones to compliment any room décor in your home. If the “plank” look interests you, many hardwood plank designs are offered in laminate, including rare, exotic wood species.
Laminate stone and tile patterns
Laminate flooring with stone and tile patterns will give you the elegant look of tile, but without the concerns of grout cleaning or cracking tile. This is something you might want to consider if you have a busy household, children or pets. A durable, low maintenance product like laminate flooring, is a great choice for your active lifestyle.
Because laminate flooring is stain resistant, it doesn’t need to be varnished or waxed. Laminate floors are also less likely to fade in direct sunlight, unlike aging hardwood floors.
You don’t need to worry if you feel a little unfamiliar with this product. Laminate flooring is relatively new to this country, but has been used in Europe for more than 25 years. Why Europe you ask? Since laminate flooring can be installed over many types of existing floors it is a natural fit for old European buildings. More and more Americans are becoming familiar with laminate flooring because they have been aware of laminate counter tops for years.
By using the counter top technology and adding considerably more resin to the wear layer, some laminate floor manufacturers boast that their laminate floors are now 10 to 20 times harder than laminate counter tops. Since the resin-filled wear layer is so dense, it becomes extremely difficult to stain or scratch.
This is something you might find interesting: Laminate floors are never secured directly to the subfloor, instead they are floated over the subfloor. This allows laminate flooring to be used over a wide variety of subfloors, including wooden subfloors, existing floors and even concrete slabs.
Laminate flooring today
Today, laminate flooring has become one of the best selling flooring options in the United States. You should know that laminate floors offer many benefits to you and your home, including:
- Exceptional durability
- Easy to clean surface
- Superior stain resistance
- Superior fade resistance
- Install in/on all grade levels, even below grade
- Install over many different types of subfloors
- Great impact and indentation resistance
- Exceptional realism at affordable costs
- Easy to replace later on, if desired
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