Laminate Flooring Guide
Laminate flooring was one of the first types of flooring that was positioned as a durable alternative to hardwood. But in the past, there certainly was no mistaking laminate for hardwood. Laminate, while it was available in wood looks, simply could not replicate's wood's natural style and character. However, because of advancements in manufacturing and digital printing, laminate flooring has definitely improved. In fact, there are many styles of laminate that are virtually indistinguishable from real wood flooring. So, if you live in a home with children and pets, modern-day laminate flooring is a suitable hardwood alternative.
Check out the slideshow below to see for yourself how laminate offers natural wood and even stone visuals:
Laminate vs Hardwood
How exactly do laminate and hardwood stack up? Let's start with appearance. Laminate flooring comes in planks, and these laminate planks are specially-made to look and often feel like real wood planks. These looks are truly authentic, so while laminate might not bring the value that hardwood does, it certainly brings the style.
Laminate, unlike hardwood, features a unique layered construction. The laminate planks are fortified by strong support layers, so they will be able to withstand heavy foot traffic and other impacts better than wood planks. In fact, laminate planks are unlikely to chip or crack, and they also won't always buckle when exposed to moisture. This does not mean that laminate is waterproof, but it does mean that laminate is more water resistant than wood. Also, laminate flooring features a durable top layer that resist most scratches and scuffs. Laminate therefore does not need to be finished like hardwood, and it is easier to clean and maintain.
Another advantage that laminate has over hardwood is its price. Laminate, because it is not made exclusively from natural materials, is typically less expensive than hardwood.
Installing Laminate Flooring
Many laminate floors feature glueless installations, as the laminate planks will perfectly attach and lock together. They will float over the subfloor without the need for a messy adhesive. Laminate planks, however, can be glued to the subfloor for a permanent installation. This is recommended for high traffic areas such as commercial settings. No matter which installation method you choose, laminate planks do need to be installed over flat and dry subfloors.
Where can laminate flooring be installed? Laminate can be installed below, on, or above ground, and it is suitable for living rooms, family rooms, and even some kitchens. It can handle foot traffic and even some moisture without many issues. That said, laminate is not always the best flooring option for bathrooms or other areas with heavy moisture.
Also, while hardwood can really only be installed in the home, laminate flooring is durable enough for some commercial settings.
Our Laminate Selection
Post Road Carpet One Floor & Home in Acton offers a selection of laminate flooring. Our featured laminate brand is Laminate for Life, which is a Carpet One exclusive. Laminate for Life has an ultra-durable top layer, and it has a gapless installation. So, even in homes with children and pets, Laminate for Life remains easy to maintain.
Learn More About Laminate
Low-Down on Laminate
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Laminate and Hardwood
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