WHY LAMINATE?

There are many good reasons why laminate flooring is a popular choice in today's homes. Laminate is a manufactured product that simulates the look of hardwood, ceramic tile, natural stone and many other types of flooring. With today's technology manufacturers are creating the most realistic visuals and textures for an elegant and quality floor.

  • Laminate flooring is an excellent choice for the look without high maintenance or cost
  • Products have a wide range of colors and styles, including exotic
  • Laminate floors are very durable  and less likely to fade in sunlight. These floors also have great impact and indentation resistance.
  • Individual boards are easy to replace if damaged.
  • Installation is "floated" rather than secured directly to the sub floor.
  • Laminate can be installed over a variety of subfloors

 

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CONSTRUCTION

Laminate flooring consists of four layers

  • Wear Layer – This is the clear top layer that protects the floor from stains and fading
  • Design layer – Underneath the wear layer is this photographic image of wood, stone, brick or ceramic
  • Inner Core – plastic resin that keeps the laminate stable and flat
  • Backing – creates a moisture barrier that protects the floor from warping

Look

It’s all there: the subtle color variations, the distinctive grain, the authentic texture. Laminate can capture the beauty and design of the finest natural hardwood, ceramic, and stones

Color

Available in an exciting palette of colors, you are guaranteed to find a laminate floor in the color you’re looking for.

Width

Laminate flooring comes in a wide variety of sizes, depending on the look you choose. Most wood look planks are 4 inches or wider while ceramic tile looks range between 12 and 15 inches. Keep in mind that the width of individual boards can have a dramatic influence on the look of a floor. Wide widths can complement a large room, but can sometimes overwhelm a small area. Select the look that harmonizes with the style and architecture of your home.

Gloss

Do you prefer a fine finish (high gloss) or matte (low-gloss) look? Choose whatever look fits your décor or personal taste best. Either way, the gloss level of laminate flooring has very little effect on durability or performance. Low-gloss floors may hide the appearance of minor surface scratches slightly better than higher gloss floors.

 

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MAINTENANCE

  • Place doormats or walk-off mats at each entryway to collect excessive moisture and dirt.
  • Sweep, dust-mop or vacuum (without a beater bar) your floor to remove loose dirt and grit.
  • Periodically use a damp mop to restore your floors shine.
  • Purchase a laminate cleaner specifically made by the manufacturer for your particular floor.
  • After damp mopping, use a clean, dry cloth to soak up excess moisture.
  • Use floor protectors on the bottom of your furniture and when moving furniture, lift rather than drag it across your floor.
  • Never use abrasive cleaners, steel wool or scouring powder.
  • Never use soap-based detergents or “mop and shine” products.
  • Never flood your laminate floor with water or cleaners.
  • Never attempt to sand or refinish your laminate floor

 

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