Laminate Flooring Guide
Hardwood and stone can offer natural beauty and luxury to any setting, but they certainly are not the most durable options available. For extra durability and wear resistance, be sure to take a look at laminate flooring. In the past, there was no mistaking laminate for real wood or stone because the looks were simply not realistic. But, modern-day laminate does look exactly like real wood and stone, while remaining more resistant to everyday life. How, exactly, does laminate combine natural looks with reliable wear resistance?
Laminate, unlike wood and stone, features a special layered construction. The top layer is called the wear layer, and it will resist scratches, scuffs, and other impacts without many issues. Hardwood and stone, as you know, need to be treated and finished, and even then they are not totally scratch resistant. Furthermore, laminate’s top layer can even be textured so that is feels like real wood or stone. Check out laminate with registered embossed technology is you’re looking for truly authentic surface textures. Underneath the top layer is laminate’s decorative layer, which includes a high-definition wood or stone visual. This layer provides laminate with its natural appearance.
The bottom layers of laminate provide exceptional support and dimensional stability. The core layer, for example, is made from strong materials such as high-density fiber board, so it provides support against foot traffic and other impacts. This layer also prevents the laminate planks from expanding and contracting when exposed to moisture. Similarly, the base layer adds extra stability against moisture, and it acts as a bottom barrier to keep the planks from collapsing. With these strong core and base layers, laminate, unlike hardwood, can handle almost every home setting.
To learn even more about laminate’s features (including maintaining and installing laminate flooring), visit FDW Carpet One Floor & Home in Crystal Lake, IL.
Our Laminate Flooring Selection
One of our most popular laminate flooring options is Quick Step. Quick Step laminate offers premium dimensional stability and strength, and it is considered water resistant. In addition, we have styles from Laminate for Life™, which is a Carpet One Floor & Home exclusive. Like Quick Step, Laminate for Life offers enough durability for even the busiest of home settings.
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Learn How to Clean Laminate Flooring
Taking care of laminate flooring is easier than you think! Always be sure to check with the manufacturers guidelines before using any type of cleaner. Follow the link below to learn about some cleaning tips.Learn About Laminate Maintenance
Types of Laminate Flooring
Laminate is versatile and can take on the looks of natural wood or stone. So, if you are on a tight budget consider laminate as an alternative to natural flooring.Learn About Types of Laminate