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Laminate 101


Why Choose Laminate

Laminate is one of the most versatile floor coverings on the market today. It captures the sophisticated beauty and design of the finest natural hardwood, ceramic tile, stone and concrete, yet at a fraction of the cost. Laminate offers many great features and benefits that you’d wouldn’t expect in so affordable a flooring option – textured surfaces, trend-setting styles, easy care, scratch and stain resistance, durability . . . just to name a few!


Types of Laminate

Laminate floors offer the greatest variety of styles, including surface textures, thickness and installation method.

Surface Textures

Smooth – A smooth finish with a soft gloss lets the natural beauty of the floor’s decorative surface take center stage. Embossed-in-register printing also intensifies the depth, texture and natural look of the floor.

Texture – The laminate planks have a rough texture that gives the impression of gently aging. Surface treatments, such as deep graining, hand scraping and rustic character marks, an be seen and actually felt.

Board Thickness

Laminate flooring thickness is measured in millimeters (mm) with 7mm, 8mm, 10mm and 12mm being the most popular. The more even and sound your sub-floor, the thinner your laminate board can be.

Laminate Installation

Laminate floors are typically installed as floating floors, meaning boards are not nailed, stapled or glued to the subfloor. They simply lock together and float above the sub-floor as a unit. A tongue and groove locking system holds boards firmly in place so they remain secure once installed.


Best Rooms for Laminate

Laminate flooring’s unique construction allows it to perform superbly in any area of your home, even moisture prone basements and bathrooms. Anywhere you want to enjoy the beauty of natural hardwood, ceramic tile or stone, laminate can recreate the look convincingly. Laminate is remarkably durable and will able to stand up to heavy foot traffic, pets and kids, so it’s perfect for family rooms and foyers, hallways and home gyms.

The versatility of laminate also allows it to be installed directly over various existing floors, including wood, concrete, ceramic tile, vinyl and even carpet. Never worry about tearing up old flooring or dealing with the mess of repairing a damaged subfloor. As long as your subfloor is structurally sound, dry, clean, and flat, laminate has you covered.

Laminate’s tough wear layers also provide superior moisture resistance from surface spills while its moisture barrier backing guards against warping from subfloor moisture. While laminate floors are highly water resistant, they’re not waterproof. Make sure to wipe up any spills as soon as they happen.

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