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Is Laminate Flooring Right For Me?

If you shudder at the words “laminate flooring,” we’d like to be the first to introduce you to the laminate flooring of the modern day. This is not your grandmother’s laminate flooring. New laminate floors are made to mimic the look of stone or hardwood so well, you might find yourself forgetting it’s not the real thing. You can even go so far as to choose the species of wood you’d like to mimic, and there’s likely a laminate floor option to match. Of course, if it looks just like hardwood or stone, why would you choose laminate over a more traditional flooring choice? Read on to see if laminate flooring might be the right choice for your home. 



One of the big pros of laminate flooring is the price, as you can opt for a hardwood look at a price point closer to carpeting. You even have the option of laminates that are beveled, distressed, or textured - making them even more difficult to distinguish from a more expensive material in look and feel.

Laminate is made up of four layers, and stands up well to daily wear and tear - it is easily cleaned and maintained. Some of our laminate flooring options can last 20+ years when properly cared for. Here is a breakdown of those layers:


Layer 1: A melamine backing layer that provides a moisture barrier and structural integrity and stability.
Layer 2: A dense, strong inner layer—sometimes called core-board—made of compressed wood fiber.
Layer 3: A melamine decorative layer that provides the floor's beauty and realism through highly detailed photography—giving laminate the appearance of natural hardwood, ceramic tile, or stone.
Layer 4: A melamine wear layer that offers a tough, beautiful finish resistant to stain, fade, and wear. (In some products, it is reinforced with aluminum oxide, an extremely hard mineral compound, to increase resistance to staining, fading, surface moisture, and wear.) 

Laminate is impervious to many stains and cleans easily. For general cleaning, a broom or vacuum works well, for more intense cleaning, you’ll want to use a laminate floor cleaner. You will find more specific care guidelines in your laminate floor warranty information. Laminate does not tolerate standing water, as the moisture can cause buckling or swelling. This may not be the best option for rooms where there is likely to be standing water (bathrooms, for example). 


Installation is a fast and easy process with modern laminate flooring - the pieces are put together in a click and lock system, similar to putting together a puzzle. In some cases, laminate flooring can be installed right over your old flooring. We can recommend a professional installer will be able to assess whether this option is possible for you. The installer will also perform a moisture check on the room(s) in which you’re considering laminate flooring, and be able to cut laminate pieces to fit in irregular spaces and awkward corners.

If you think laminate flooring might be right for you and your home, or if you have more questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us! We look forward to working with you towards a more beautiful home. 

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