Laminate Flooring

Get the complex, natural aesthetics of real wood at an affordable price without compromising strength or durability.

Water-Resistant

Many options are water-resistant

Wear Resistant

Superior protection against scratches and dents

Fast Installation

Quick, easy installation options are available with select products.

How to Buy Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is a composite flooring material that is designed to look like genuine hardwood or stone, but is comprised of four layers of materials that provide additional strength, rigidity, and protection against damage.

There are generally four distinct layers in laminate flooring: the wear layer, the design layer, the inner core, and the backing layer.

Wear Layer:

The wear layer is the clear, topmost layer that takes the brunt of the scratches and dents. Aptly named, it is designed to weather the foot traffic, pet claws, furniture, or any other items that come into contact with the floor.

Design Layer:

The design layer is underneath the wear layer, and it provides the visual aesthetic for each plank of laminate. Laminates come in a variety of styles, ranging from realistic hardwoods, to natural stone and more exotic looks. Modern laminates come in a variety of textures to look as realistic as possible – some products even include the knotting that is characteristic of real hardwood! This layer is vulnerable to damage, so a quality wear layer is particularly important to protect your investment.

Inner Core:

The inner core is the largest component, providing stability, toughness, moisture resistance and sound absorption. The composition of the inner core differs based on the product line and manufacturer. While unseen, making sure that you get the right inner core for your home environment is critical because it is an important factor in the overall life of your floor.

Backing Layer:

The backing layer lies at the bottom of laminate, and it “balances” the other layers. This ensures that the laminate doesn’t warp or change shape over time (through normal use).

Absolutely! Today’s laminate floors are so durable that manufacturers will regularly start their warranties at twenty (20) years. In fact, some makers are so confident in their products that they offer lifetime warranties on their laminate floors. And this is not false bravado – the science and technology involved in creating these products has dramatically improved the durability of the wear layer, the inner core’s strength, and the backing layer’s stability. In short: laminate flooring is not only beautiful, but tough enough to last for decades.
Most laminate floors offer some level of water-resistance. Small spills or puddles of liquid can wiped up quickly without any trouble. But laminate should generally not be installed in areas that commonly accumulate standing water or have high moisture. Bathrooms, laundry rooms, or basements in damp areas would not be ideal environments for laminate.
Laminate flooring is absolutely a safe option. The common concerns surrounding laminate’s safety are based on the aluminum oxide coating found in the top-most wear layer. However, like many household products, it is not inherently dangerous unless the homeowner decides to disregard the manufacturer’s advice and apply aftermarket sealants, coatings, or sand down the surface. Additionally, any of the unnecessary steps above would void the manufacturer’s warranty, so we strongly advise that homeowners simply enjoy their investment and leave the flooring to the professionals!

Design: Laminate Flooring

Embossing is a set of techniques designed to texture surfaces. The effect that embossing has on its look and feel should not be understated. Modern laminate flooring fixes the problem of looking “flat” by embossing textures into the surface. While the effect is difficult to see (and certainly can’t be felt!) in photographs or video, the difference is abundantly clear when seen in person. Visiting a flooring showroom or having flooring samples brought to your home are not just recommended, but a MUST to fully experience the impact of an embossed flooring.

Laminate flooring is a manmade composite, so it is available in a wide range of styles that look like natural materials. Modern laminate flooring covers the entire gamut of hardwood styles: traditional, hand-scraped, reclaimed timber, weathered, or exotic. If it exists in nature, you can be fairly certain that there’s a laminate product to match. An entire range of stone aesthetics can be found as laminates as well. From the clean look of natural slate, the vivid movement of sandstone & granite, to the weathered look of terra cotta; there’s a laminate product that’s remarkably similar to the genuine article. Whether you seek the rich look of oak & mahogany, or the delicate texturing of natural stone & ceramic, there’s a laminate option out there for you.
Just as real hardwood planks or stone tiles, laminate flooring plank widths are different in size to add variety to your floor, laminate comes in different widths and sizes to diversify the floor’s pattern. Some products are intentionally sold as bundles of multiple shapes and sizes that can be mixed-and-matched. While this generally requires a bit of experience to capture the best effect, a professionally installed multi-width laminate floor can provide a stunning, diversified aesthetic that breaks up the regularity of uniformly-sized planks.

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Laminate Flooring Installation & Maintenance

Modern laminate flooring is very easy to install. Laminate flooring is normally installed using locking systems. Each section of laminate flooring has tongue-and-groove slots on the edges which fit snugly into one another. This creates a tight, water-resistant lock that prevents movement and is simple to install.
Laminate flooring is very simple to maintain. The durable top-coat helps to protect the aesthetic layers beneath, and only requires periodic dusting to keep clean. Today’s laminate floors have tight interlocking sections that prevent most debris from entering the cracks between pieces. Please do NOT use water or other liquids that are not specifically approved for use on laminate floors. If necessary, please dry mop or use rags to clean up spills. Most laminate floors are not waterproof, and are only water-resistant to a point.
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