If you have and active household, laminate will fit right in. It is designed to be durable and withstand a ton of foot traffic. It is highly resilient and will last for years. Laminate floors are very resistant to wear, fading and stains. Most are sold with a warranty to back that up. Laminate is a master of disguise. It can look like almost any other style of flooring. Because it is made from less costly material, you can get expensive looks for a lot less money. With the latest breakthroughs in printing technology, you can find an extremely convincing laminate substitute for many different floor types. Another benefit is the ease of installation. If you like to handle home projects on your own, laminate is a favorite among do-it-yourselfers. You can find glue-less installation options as well as self-locking laminate that can be installed on most subfloor types.
Types of Laminate Flooring
One of the biggest benefits of laminate flooring is it creates such huge variety of styles and looks to choose from, and they are a lot cheaper than other options. For example, if you like hardwood flooring but not the expense, you can find a laminate that looks like any hardwood at the fraction of the price.
With the new digital printing technologies laminate flooring can strike an amazing resemblance to most other flooring types. Hardwood laminate flooring can imitate anything from traditional American oaks to exotic Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring. You can even find laminate that feels like hardwood underfoot.
Laminate also has the ability to replicate the appearance of stone or ceramic flooring materials. Your home can have the appearance slate or marble with the low cost of laminate.
All the unique textures of tile can be reproduced using tile laminate flooring. Your floor can have a very convincing look and feel of tile while using laminate flooring.
Surface Types of Laminate Flooring
The versatility of laminate flooring allows it to have many different surface options. These surfaces are what give laminate the realistic feel along with the realistic looks it’s able to create. The five surface types of laminate flooring are:
Smooth is the most common surface of laminate flooring. This is a great one to create the smooth look of stone or marble flooring. Embossed is a raised surface that allows for more complicated designs like you would find it tile. Patina is created using an embossed surface. A thin layer of paint is added to the raised embossed surface then wiped clean. This leaves paint in the areas of the laminate that are not raised. Wood-grain is laminate that is designed to have the look and feel of real hardwood flooring. It gives it the texture of wood allowing it to take after the classic hand-scraped and aged wood looks.