Are you looking for an affordable alternative to natural hardwood flooring? Laminate is a great alternative to natural hardwood as it offers the looks while offering durability where real wood cannot. At I-5 Carpet One Floor & Home in Chehalis, Washington, we are proud to offer a wide selection of laminate flooring options. As wood look flooring continues to trend, laminate flooring continues to adapt and offer more styles and better durability. Laminate might not have been your first choice, but you should keep in mind how affordable it is! The laminate flooring of today features more realistic visuals, quality materials, and increased durability.
Most laminate flooring today is made to replicate the look and feel of natural hardwood. The image layer of laminate consists of a high-definition digitally printed image under a layer of strong polyurethane. Most laminate planks also feature textures that are similar to hardwood. Unlike hardwood, the top layer of laminate is made to resist scratching, gouging, and other damages from impact. It is naturally wear resistant and no additional treatments or finishes are needed. This layer also makes the floors much easier to clean.
Laminate wood flooring has special support layers called the core layer and the base layer, which makes it more dimensionally stable than natural hardwood. Laminate planks will rarely buckle or collapse, even when exposed to extreme stresses.
Most laminate options feature a level of moisture resistance, and we do offer laminate floors with 100% waterproof protection for added durability. When it comes to finding the perfect floor for your home, waterproof laminate is quickly becoming a popular choice. With the emergence of premium brands like Mirror Lake and Quick Step, this type of flooring offers authentic hardwood looks that are perfect for any interior, including bathrooms and kitchens. Waterproof laminate floors block spills and moisture from reaching your subfloor, and they are stain-resistant and easy to clean.
Now that luxury vinyl and laminate are both offered with 100% waterproof technology, they’re frequently compared to each. Both offer gorgeous natural hardwood and tile looks that are indistinguishable from the real thing. While vinyl is made from synthetic materials, laminate is created by gluing together layers of composite wood with a high definition wood or tile look finish. Today’s laminate is more scratch and dent-resistant than luxury vinyl. It also comes at a cheaper price point in many cases.
While laminate looks just like hardwood floors, its major advantage is that it doesn’t warp in moisture-prone environments. Since natural wood is porous, it absorbs moisture from humidity and spills, which causes the wood floor panels to swell, buckle, and cup. In contrast, waterproof laminate has a more stable construction that prevents it from warping. Products like our Mirror Lake collection come with a revolutionary snap-lock installation method that makes it impossible for water to escape below the floor. Plus, a water-repellent surface resists stains, moisture, and humidity.
Laminate floors should be cleaned during your weekly routine, but not as intensely as hardwood. Dirt and dust should be swept from the surface, and any spills should be wiped up as soon as possible. However, your new laminate floor will not need to be refinished like hardwood. You can install it on, below, and above grade. That means you can have wood look floors in your basement, living room, or bedroom.
We are a member of the Carpet One Floor & Home cooperative, which means we have access to name brands you know as well as our own exclusive brands such as Laminate For Life™. You can shop at our store knowing you’ll find great prices and quality flooring, all while shopping local and supporting your community.
Why Should I Choose Laminate?
Choosing a laminate floor option over hardwood can sometimes be hard, especially if you have fallen in love with a particular hardwood look. We’ve come up with a few tips on how to choose the perfect laminate floor.
How to Maintain Laminate Floors
Laminate is known to be the flooring with carefree maintenance. Get the looks of hardwood in your home but with the added durability of laminate.
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