Laminate Flooring

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is a multi-layer synthetic flooring product fused together with a lamination process. Laminate flooring simulates wood (or sometimes stone) with a photographic applique layer under a clear protective layer. The inner core layer is usually composed of melamine resin and fiber board materials.

Laminate flooring has grown significantly in popularity, perhaps because it may be easier to install and maintain than more traditional surfaces such as hardwood flooring. It may also have the advantages of costing less and requiring less skill to install than alternative flooring materials. It is reasonably durable, hygienic, and relatively easy to maintain.

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Why Laminate Flooring ?

The Elements:

  • With the exception of carpet, laminate flooring can be installed over almost any existing floor in the home. As long as a moisture barrier is in place and water prevention measures are taken it can also be installed at any grade. This removes the hassle and expense of having to remove old flooring installations before installing new laminate materials.

Versatility:

  • Laminate flooring can simulate the look of dozens of different natural hardwood materials. The printing process can also reproduce the appearance of a  natural stone and ceramic flooring materials.

Convenient Packaging:

  • Laminate flooring comes in convenient boxes for easy transportation and less chances of damage while storing.

Goes Anywhere

  • With the exception of carpet, laminate flooring can be installed over almost any existing floor in the home. As long as a moisture barrier is in place and water prevention measures are taken it can also be installed at any grade. This removes the hassle and expense of having to remove old flooring installations before installing new laminate materials.

Acclimation:

  • Hardwood needs to sit in an environment for 3-6 weeks so that it can acclimate to the temperature and pressure of the area. Laminates can be installed in as little as 36 hours.

Installation:

  • The installation of a laminate click together floor is one of the easiest do it yourself flooring projects you can undertake.

Expansion

  • The nature of the installation process means that the flooring material is not adhered directly to the sub-floor. Rather all of the pieces of the floor are interlocked, or adhered one to another. That means that the material can expand, or contract, due to changes in pressure and temperature, without buckling and snapping against the sub-floor.

Health:

  • Laminate flooring is naturally 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.

Cleaning:

  • The wear layer of a laminate floor protects the material from stains and some spills making cleaning and maintenance relatively easy.