Ten years ago laminate was seen as a poor quality and low cost alternative to hardwood. Today, only the latter remains true. With the mass advances in manufacturing, laminate flooring offers the look of hardwood or stone but without the expense and required maintenance. That is why you have chosen Laminate. Laminate has not only become the premiere alternative to hardwood, but also the first choice for many. With its lower cost and lower maintenance contrasted by its high durability Laminate has become the frontrunner for many homeowners and commercial spaces alike.
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Laminate flooring is made from high-density fiber or wood particles, with a laminate overlay that is designed to look like wood or stone. A clear, hard layer is placed on top, giving the laminate floor its durability. Laminate floors have a special tongue and groove locking system that tightly joins the planks together. No glue, nails or staples. Simple. It’s the flooring of choice for homeowners with small children and pets because of its high resilience and minimal maintenance.
There exists a range of 6mm to 14mm laminate floors. Don’t be fooled, the thickness has nothing to do with the quality. The different thicknesses are solely manufactured to bud up nicely to tiles of different thicknesses. The quality of a laminate lies in its density and locking system. Also keep in mind that the wider and longer the laminate plank, the more it gives off the illusion of a bigger space. So if you’re working with a small space, definitely consider getting a wide plank laminate.
Choosing the right laminate design for your home will be the major obstacle you will encounter. There are an abundance of choices and it can be a hard decision to say the least. Let’s break it down Are you looking for a stone look or wood look? Then move on to the shade spectrum; light, medium, or dark. Next we would choose a grain or stone style. With these simple questions answered you’ll be able to select a handful of laminate samples to choose from.
Just as no tree is perfectly straight, no subfloor is perfectly level. It doesn\’t have to be perfect to install wood flooring on. It just needs to fall within a certain tolerance. Dips and mounds are very common in condos as well as settled homes. It\’s just a reality the industry deals with. We remedy these dips via leveling compound, and the mounds by grinding them down. It\’s something that most homeowners don\’t take into account when they are budgeting their new flooring option.
Laminate floors are still made of wood and as such they will expand and contract due to moisture and temperature changes. Since wood does not expand or contract equally in all directions it’s always important to leave a specific gap on the out edges of the flooring to the wall. Don’t worry this is nicely concealed under your baseboards. This is not a defect, but a natural characteristic.
Installation is a snap! Literally. Laminate is most likely the simplest of flooring to install. All laminates come with a click locking system that securely joins the planks to one another. No need for nails, staples or glue.