The Ultimate Guide to Laminate

Learn more about all the options you have when choosing laminate for your home.

Do you crave the classic beauty of hardwood floors, but are you concerned about the cost and durability of real wood. If so, laminate maybe just a twist for you. This affordable and durable product offers convincing look alike, not only in hardwood, but also tile and stone, but with so much to choose from, how do you know what's right for you? I'm Lacey Howard and today I will help you shop smart for laminate. To shop smart, you must first understand that laminate is constructed in 4 layers that are bonded together. First, a backing or melamine plastic layer offers stability. Next, a high-density core board helps improve moisture resistance. Then, a resolution photo of wood grain, stone, or tile is topped with a durable wear layer, many containing aluminum oxide. This final layer provides exceptional durability. A high pressure process combines the layer into a single sheet and textured patterns are imprinted on the sheets to give laminate even more look a like qualities. Do it yourself instillation is just one of laminate's biggest selling point. The tongue and groove planks snap together without glue over most subfloors. Thin padded underlayment installed beneath the flooring acts cushioning, seals up moisture, and mutes the product's hallow sound, but you may still notice the slight give and an empty clack when you walk on it. Laminate can be use in flooring design just like the products that imitates Today's wood, brick, tile, and stone have realistic textures to make even the sharpest designer do a double take. If you're designing several rooms or even an entire home with laminate flooring, keep in mind that each manufactures products will fit together creating seamless transitions between rooms. To be a smart flooring shopper, you need to be in the know with your vocabulary. Here are some few words. Aluminum oxide is an ingredient added to laminate top coats that enhance protection against stains, fading, and wear. Direct pressure laminate undergoes a 1-step less expensive process to fuse these layers. High pressure laminate endures a more costly 2-step process resulting in a more durable surface. Because all laminate flooring, no matter what material it imitates is produced with a photograph and uniform manufacturing process. There is no much price variation within styles. The more expensive laminates are those with more textured, natural-looking surfaces. I hope this overview of laminate flooring has helped you narrow down what might work best in your home.