Planning A Laminate Flooring Purchase
What is laminate flooring?
Laminate flooring is a extremely tough man-made, hard-surface floor covering. The basics are this: a wood fiber core board with a fashion layer and rugged wear layer comprising tough materials like aluminum oxide and resins. Tongue-and-groove construction makes for easy installation. In laminate you can find a variety of formats such as tile, strip or planks in designs ranging from marble and stone to almost every type of wood species. No longer just a cheaper sensible alternative laminate has come into its own as a flooring décor.
Where can I use laminate flooring?
Just about anywhere in the home including some places you wouldn’t think of like kitchens and laundry rooms. In fact the only room that is not good for laminate is the basement for the same reason Solid Hardwood (3/4” thick) is not usable below ground…Just a little too cold and clammy all the time.
Laminate gives realistic visuals at the least expensive costs of any Hard Surface product.
Laminate floors can be installed over a good subfloor, concrete and many types of existing floors, such as ceramic tile, vinyl and hardwood. We inspect your home ahead of time to ensure the existing flooring is suitable for laminate.
How easy are laminate floors to care for?
Very easy. First, laminate flooring is tough to begin with, standing up to moisture, strong sunlight, spills and foot traffic.
Second, laminate flooring is easy to clean; simply sweep or dust mop.
Third, if your floor is scratched or chipped, there are easy fixes like color sticks and fillers to bring them back.
Fourth, because laminate is a “floating floor,” if you somehow damage it by dragging an appliance across it or break a slat by dropping something heavy, it’s relatively easy AND inexpensive to click in a new piece; no resurfacing, re-sanding or re-grouting is needed. We suggest purchasing a bit extra just for these cases.