Laminate Flooring2018-05-23T12:09:33+00:00

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is constructed in layers and stuck together through the lamination process. The main layer is made out of a high-density fiberboard (HDF) with melamine impregnated paper. The HDF is sandwiched between the melamine papers and permanently bonded together under heat and pressure making the material much more rigid than luxury vinyl flooring.

Laminate flooring tiles sit on top of the subfloor and are cut during installation to allow an expansion gap around the edge of the flooring installation. Laminate floors are installed using click and lock assembly, also known as a “floating floor” system, so it does not need to be nailed or glued down to the subfloor.  Although the floating floor system is easy to install, it also means that the flooring material should never get wet. Moisture and humidity can severely damage laminate floors due to the sponge-like fiberboard layer and aerated gap underneath. Installation of laminate flooring in bathroom, kitchen or other high moisture areas is not recommended.

Laminate flooring is long-lasting, highly durable, and versatile for designing any space. You can find laminate flooring that looks like wood or tile and it comes with all color options. Because the surface is made of aluminum oxide, which is one of the hardest substances on earth, it provides a very robust and wear resistant surface relative to other types of flooring. With just a small amount of maintenance, laminate floors will last a very long time.

Here are some other advantages of installing laminate flooring:

Versatility: Today laminate flooring can simulate the look of dozens of different natural hardwood materials. The printing process can also reproduce the appearance of a variety of natural stone and ceramic flooring materials.

Health: Laminate flooring is resistant to the growth of mold and bacteria. It can also be treated with special allergen resistant and anti-bacterial coatings to make them even safer.

Easy Cleaning: The wear layer of a laminate floor protects the material from stains and some spills making cleaning easy.  The only regular requirement for cleaning is sweeping or vacuuming of the floor to remove grit and dirt which can erode the floors wear layer over time.

Can Be Installed Anywhere: With the exception of carpet, laminate flooring can be installed over almost any existing floor in the home.

The Elements: Laminate flooring is resistant to many of the outdoor agents that can discolor other flooring materials. The wear layer protects it from stains and smudges due to dirt and mud making it a great material for hallways and entryways. It also resists fading from UV light exposure making it popular in sunrooms.

Health: Laminate flooring is resistant to the growth of mold and bacteria. It can also be treated with special allergen resistant and anti-bacterial coatings to make them even safer.

Featured Laminate Products:

Armstrong

Metroflor

Beauliu

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