Laminate FlooringReal wood or stone looks with premium wear resistance
What Is Laminate?
Hardwood flooring can add style and luxury to any home setting, but it certainly isn’t the most durable flooring option available. For extra durability, be sure to take a look at laminate flooring. In the past, there was no mistaking laminate for real wood or stone, but because of modern-day digital printing, laminate now virtually looks indistinguishable from its natural counterparts. Nonetheless, laminate continues to offer greater durability and wear resistance. How?
Laminate, unlike most wood and tile floors, features a special layered construction. The top layer, which is called the wear layer, helps prevent scratches, scuffs, and other surface blemishes, and it does well to protect against spills and stains. This top layer can also be textured so that it feels almost exactly like wood or stone. Beneath the top layer is a decorative layer that includes an HD image of wood or stone. This layer provides laminate with its natural appearance.
What really sets laminate apart from wood and stone, however, are the support layers underneath the top two layers. These support layers, which can include a core and a base, provide exceptional dimensional stability, so the laminate planks will be able to handle foot traffic and other impacts. Plus, these support layers provide some water resistance as well, so the laminate planks are unlikely to expand or contract when exposed to moisture. Laminate is still not the best option for kitchens and bathrooms, but it certainly offers better performance than hardwood.
Be sure to visit Barry Neal Carpets in Altamonte Springs, FL to learn more about laminate flooring. We offer a great selection of laminate options from Shaw, Mohawk and Mannington, and we’ll be happy to work with you to make the right choice!