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Laminate is a manufactured product that simulates the look of hardwood, ceramic tile, natural stone and many other types of flooring. Now, in the past, laminate floors have been easy to spot, but today’s technology allows manufacturers to create realistic visuals and textures for a quality elegant looking floor. In fact, many of today’s laminate styles consist of extremely authentic wood or natural stone visuals to accommodate any room in your home. Laminate is well suited to those shoppers who want the look and feel of real hardwood or stone but without the cost or maintenance that can be associated with natural products.

 

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Realistic Appearance

Laminate floors are a cost-effective way to get the look of hardwood, stone, ceramic tile, and many other styles of flooring, without the hassle. These floors are manufactured to create the appearance without the maintenance level as the natural products.

In the more recent years of laminate, the technology has been greatly improved so that you get the most authentic look of flooring. In the past, this was not always the case, as it could be easily spotted. Today, the styles of laminate consist of realistic visuals and textures to bring and elegant and premium look to your home. Not only that, but the many different styles and colors make it possible to bring the right finish to any room in your home.

 

 

 

If you are looking for attractive, resilient, and inexpensive flooring for your home, then laminate may be the right choice for you. Choices can range from natural colors, dark wood grains, and even warm or cool tones that will compliment any home styles that need to be matched. There is even the option for the “plank” look in the home with the choice of natural plank designs that even come in rare exotic wood species. If you prefer the stone or tile appearance of flooring, laminate can do that as well. The simplicity of laminate makes a good replacement for stone because you do not have to worry about grout cleaners or cracking tiles.

Benefits of Laminate:

 

Finally, laminate floors are never secured directly to the subfloor which makes it easy to place and replace. Laminate flooring is floated over the surface which also makes it easy to use over a wide variety of subfloors. This includes wooden subflooring, existing flooring, and even concrete.

Overall, laminate flooring offers many benefits to your home including:

  • Durability
  • Easy to clean
  • Stain and fade resistant
  • Installation on all grade levels and over all types of subflooring
  • Dent and impression resistant
  • Flawless look and designs to match any style home
  • Reasonable costs
  • Easy to interchange if needed

 

 

Basic Types of Laminate Floor Construction:

 

High Pressure Laminate (HPL) - planks are usually fused together in either a one or two step process. Several layers are first glued together and then these layers are combined with the remaining materials and than glued and fused into a plank. This gives a harder finish, more durable plank than DPL.

Direct Pressure Laminate (DPL) - all materials are fused together in one step which rediuces the costs of manufacturering.

Laminate Floor Thickness - laminate floors come in various thinkness from around 7-8 mm to 12 mm thick. The thicker planks will be slightly more costly but should be more sturdy and durable, especially if the subfloor is not perfectly level.

 

 

Wood-look laminate flooring:

 

Made to look like wood, but the decorative layer is actually a photograph. Most laminates have four-ply construction: a backing or balancing layer, a moisture-resistant wood-based core of high- or medium-density fiberboard, a decorative layer, and a wear-resistant layer of melamine resins. Flooring laminates are similar in concept to laminate countertops, but the wear layer is strengthened by hard particles.

Because laminates are only about 1/3 inch thick, they can be installed over nearly any kind of subfloor vinyl, concrete, wood. They're also extremely durable, with the ability to resist high heels, pet claws, and cigarette burns, making them well-suited for high-traffic areas, busy family kitchens, and homes with children and pets. Although laminates cannot be refinished as wood can, damaged planks can be replaced, and some manufacturers sell a putty for repairs.

 

 

 

 

Laminate flooring consists of a wear layer on top, with a decorative layer, core, and backing below.

 

 

When considering Laminate:

As you look at the different styles and designs that they have to offer, you will see that there is not much of a price difference between the styles.

This is why choosing the best laminates has to do with knowing the right characteristics to fit your lifestyle including aesthetics, use, and price. By shopping smart you can not only get the right look of the floors, but you can get their strength, attractiveness, and value all in one.

Since laminates are durable, they offer some of the least maintenance. These floors are stain resistant and do not need to be waxed or varnished. This is another reason why these floors are so popular, especially those with high traffic or with children.

Not to mention, the visual styles are so new and modern they can fit any home style with the beautiful look of hardwood and stone that will match any home look.
Like anything in life, you get what you pay for, even with laminates. The high quality laminate floors will give you better design and performance. When looking at the price variations, the exotic varieties and species, the unique textures, and high pressure manufacturing are all factors that can alter the cost of the flooring.

Along with the price, it is important to check on the warranty information carefully before making a selection.

 

                           

   

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