Coincidentally, however, the wide range of choices in colors, patterns and textures are also the very things that make your choice so tough and overwhelming.
More specifically, you’re thinking about a laminate flooring installation, but you just keep wavering between all the confusing pros and cons.
What we all love about laminate is that this flooring is beautiful, and has high levels of durability, budget friendliness and easy maintenance. Thanks to modern high resolution photography, it bears a remarkable resemblance to stone, tile or wood, and it can make your home look more open and modern, without the sticker shock.
It consists of a tough, clear plastic wear layer, which is the top layer that protects the floor from fading, stains, scuffs and scratches. Just below that is the design layer, a photographic image of wood, stone, or some other visual that is glued to the inner core. The inner core is a plastic resin that keeps the laminate stable and flat. Underneath it all is backing, which creates a moisture barrier to protect the floor from warping.
Laminate is so tough, it’s often recommended for children's rooms, since it stands up to pull-toys and anything else a kid can dish out. Most warranties are for at least 10 years.
This flooring is scratch and stain resistant, so regular maintenance requires just a damp mop and sweep. For more thorough cleaning, use a laminate soap which your flooring retailer can recommend. Never use waxy, shine-promoting products, and don’t use excess water that can seep between boards and cause damage.
Even though the floor is moisture-resistant, wipe up spills immediately and don’t let puddles accumulate. It can also be a little noisy, since it’s hollow in construction. While some take installation on as a DIY project, you can force boards into place, thus curling them and harming the moisture-resistance. It's best to use a professional service.
Come into the Completely Floored showroom in Everett, WA and let our laminate floor installers “floor” you. (Oh, how we love that pun!)