Laminate Flooring Guide
When laminate was first introduced, it was positioned as an alternative to hardwood flooring. At first, there was definitely no mistaking it for real hardwood. Even though laminate was available in wood looks, it could not replicate the authentic character of hardwood. New technology has made manufacturing and digital printing far more advanced and laminate is able to replicate the authentic looks of hardwood. Wills Carpet One Floor & Home in Batavia, NY has you and your home covered when it comes to laminate flooring.
Below are some examples of just how real laminate can look in your home:
Laminate vs. Hardwood
Like hardwood, laminate comes in plank options and they can even vary in width and length to give a more authentic look. Also similar to engineered hardwood, laminate flooring is made with a layers construction for stability.
The laminate planks are backed by strong support layers, and are made to handle heavy foot traffic and other impacts better than wood. Laminate planks also feature resistance to chipping and cracking, and they also won't buckle when exposed to moisture. Some laminate has a waterproof resin soaked core, but a rule of thumb should be to know that not all laminate is made to be waterproof, but they are more resistant to moisture than real hardwood is. Also, laminate flooring features a durable top layer that resists most scratches and scuffs. Laminate does not need to be finished like hardwood, and it is easier to clean and maintain.
Where can Laminate be Installed?
Since laminate is made to look just like real hardwood, but is more durable, you can install these planks in several different spaces around your home. Commonly you will see laminate installed in bedrooms, kitchens, even living rooms and hallways.
Laminate is not a completely waterproof option, so avoid installing it in places like laundry rooms and bathrooms. Since laminate features a layered construction though, it is suitable for finished basements with moisture control.
Our Laminate Selection
Wills Carpet One Floor & Home offers one of the largest selections of laminate flooring around. Our featured Carpet One Floor & Home exclusive brand is Laminate for Life™ . We also carry name brands such as Armstrong, which is made to look just like real stone or hardwood.
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Why Should I Choose Laminate?
Laminate floors come in a wide variety of styles and can look just like real hardwood, tile, and stone flooring. Laminate is a durable option and can handle years of wear.Laminate Flooring Benefits
Laminate Flooring Maintenance
Compared to hardwood, laminate is an incredibly easy to care for flooring option. You can have the beautiful looks of hardwood without worrying about refinishing your floors.Learn About Laminate Maintenance