What is Laminate Flooring?
Briefly? Laminate flooring is made of synthetic floor planks composed primarily of milled wood leftovers, and topped with photographic images. These are protected by tough, clear top layers and stabilizing bottom layers. Laminate floors usually simulate wood or tile.
Relatively new in the overall flooring field, laminate flooring was invented in 1977 for two main reasons. A lot of people wanted the look of hardwood, but could not afford it. Additionally, people who wanted the wood flooring look needed more durability than many hardwoods can provide. While laminate floors are not considered to be real wood flooring, they are still primarily comprised of wood material, and replicate very realistic hardwood flooring looks, as well as ceramic tile and stone looks.
Why choose a laminate floor for your home?
- Laminate flooring comes in an unbeatable selection of styles.
- Laminate floors have varying levels of durability.
- Laminate is versatile. There are more room options for laminate floors.
- Laminate flooring costs less.
- Laminate flooring is easy to maintain.
- Laminate flooring is hypoallergenic.
- Most laminates are very easy to install.
- Laminate flooring comes with long term warranties.
- Laminate flooring is environmentally friendly.
What can your floor look like?
There are two broad categories of laminate looks. Laminate Wood Flooring is the most popular style, being the reason this product was invented in the first place. Laminate Tile and Stone Style Flooring is designed to look like floors made out of tiles of stone, right down to the grout lines. The surface can have a high gloss, “piano” finish, a softer, matte look, and even hand-scraped textures. A properly installed laminate floor will be stable, snug from plank to plank, snug with trims and moldings, level and even. It should look smooth overall, despite any textured finishes.
Where can’t you put some laminate floors?
It can be installed over both concrete and wood, both above and below grade, and into almost any room in any home, but can laminates really go everywhere? Well no, not quite. If your basement regularly floods, you should avoid laminate, and it can never be installed outdoors. There are some things to consider, environmental as well as aesthetic. The big three are the subfloor which would be under the laminate, a room’s moisture levels, and the expected wear and tear.
Installing laminate flooring: should you do it yourself?
Because of the prevalence of click together, floating floor installation systems, it is very possible that you could do a laminate flooring installation by yourself. It is not only likely to be very easy to do, but there is also a wealth of online information on how to install laminate flooring. All laminates come with installation instructions. We are producing an increasing number of videos demonstrating the click together systems and other installation issues, and there are plenty more out on the web.
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W. David Lichty is the Content Guy at Floors To Your Home (.com). In my spare time I shoot and edit video, explore film history, mix music (as in ‘play with Beatles multi-tracks’) and write non-fiction for my friends. Connect with me on Google+