Phil’s Take On Laminate Floors: Why Buy Laminate Flooring?
Laminate flooring was primarily designed as an alternative to hardwood. It can withstand more roughness than a polyurethane hardwood finish (less scratching and denting.) Also you can get a really nice quality laminate floor for a bit less then hardwood and it can be more versatile on installation.
What Is Laminate Flooring?
Think of your counter top (Wilsonart, Formica ect.) Then take that surface and bond it to a hard core-board about 1/2″ thick. Cut it up into sections and add a locking mechanism to the edge. You have laminate planks.
It’s designed to loose lay over the old floor which makes it quite versatile. Versatility is a key advantage of laminate flooring. You can install a laminate floor over just about any surface. Most laminate patterns are images of hardwood flooring. Because it’s an image, the possibilities are endless. In the early years laminate flooring was a bit cheap looking. Over time, the texture and detail has improved so much that laminate flooring rivals that of real wood floors. Some of the high quality laminates have incredibly detailed wood grain.
Laminate vs. the new WPC (wood polymer core) and Ridgid Core “water proof” floors
In recent time laminate flooring developed a bad rap due to some cheaper box store brands inability to perform under normal household use. As a result, a newer generation of floating floors has emerged. The so-called “water proof” laminates have basically taken over laminate sales. Laminate makers like Quickstep and Mannington have responded by adding new water repelling technology to their products. New “Water Proof” warranties apply to most brand name laminates.
Laminate flooring remains a viable alternative to hardwood and vinyl plank flooring. It depends on your needs.
Come see us at Floors Unlimited and learn the values and benefits of these two competing product categories. Find out which one is right for you.
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