Laminate flooring is designed to resemble hardwood flooring, and has some of the same characteristics as both engineered hardwood and vinyl tiling. Recent advances in the manufacturing process have succeeded in making laminate flooring look much more like real wood and installation is quick and easy; making laminate flooring a cost-effective choice. Additionally, little or no gluing or nailing is needed because most laminate products are “click and lock.”
Easy to maintain and durable in any room, laminate is a great choice for any Northwest Arkansas home.
What is Laminate Flooring?
Laminate flooring has a surface layer of two thin sheets of paper impregnated with melamine. This surface layer is a photograph of wood grain, and if well-made, covered by a hard transparent layer that is highly resistant to chair scratches, dropped objects, dog toe-nails, high heels, etc. Then, this surface of attached to a wood-chip composite board.
Laminate comes in different thicknesses, from 6 mm and up to 12mm. The thicker the laminate, the better; both in the joints and in the resulting insulation.
Laminate flooring installation is the perfect solution for the cost-conscious buyer. The product AND the installation are less expensive than solid or engineered hardwood, but still provides a sturdy, attractive flooring alternative to carpet.
Laminate flooring is often referred to by the brand name, Pergo, but there are many different manufacturers, such as DuPont, Mannington and Armstrong. (Laminate flooring is mainly produced by companies that make synthetic floor coverings.)
More About Laminate Flooring
Laminate Floors – A Very Durable Surface Unlike wood, which can dent, laminate flooring is almost impervious to dents and scratches. Laminate flooring has what the industry calls a “wear layer” that protects the photographic layer underneath. Some manufacturers, DuPont in particular, give very generous 10+ year warranties on this wear layer.
Laminate Floors Have No Defects Unlike naturally-grown hardwood, which comes with many imperfect pieces that need to be discarded or re-engineered, there are little or no defects in laminate flooring.
Laminate is Good for Moist Places Laminate flooring can be installed in bathrooms, kitchens, and other places where you encounter “topical moisture.” (Remember, however, it will not tolerate standing pools of water. Of course, solid and engineered hardwood do not tolerate standing water, either. For heavy moisture, you need a very impervious surface like vinyl or tile.)
Laminate Floors Are Easy to Clean Just use a vacuum or broom. Mop with a slightly damp mop. No floor waxing needed.
Laminate Floors Are Resistant To Stains Laminate flooring’s tough surface resists stains. And if you do get a stain, it’s easy to clean off.
How Much Does it Cost to Install Laminate Floors? The price of laminate floors has many factors including the type of laminate and the size of the room(s). Make sure you find a floor contractor that will give you a free in home estimate.